As a quick summary, the Jordan Pass is a package that you can pre-book and pay for from the Jordanian authorities before you travel to Jordan which provides you with a free entry visa into Jordan, and a discounted package of entry fees to over 40 different sites in Jordan.
It is well worth purchasing as it both saves you money and makes your travel into and around the country smoother and easier.
Now for some more detail…
Nearly all of the tourist sites in Jordan (and most other countries around the world) charge an entrance fee to tourists and locals to enter. This fee goes towards the upkeep, operation and preservation of the site. Prices are set by the local authorities or the site itself and can be different for tourists and locals. They can also be changeable at short notice.
In some countries entrance fees are very cheap, while in others they can add up to quite a lot over a trip. In Jordan for example the entry fee for Petra is 50 Jordanian Dinar for one day (around GBP 57 / USD 70 at June 2022 exchange rates).
Where entrance fees on our tours add up to a significant amount, we generally don’t include them in our tour prices. This will always be made clear in the Inclusions/Exclusions section of the tour page on our website, and in the Entrance Fees section of the Tour Notes, together with an approximate budget. We leave them out because…
The most famous site in Jordan, Petra, also has the highest entry fee, with prices increasing if you want to visit on one (50JD), two (55JD) or three days (60JD), with a higher amount of 90JD if you are only in Jordan for one day. Note – if you are doing the Petra by Night option on one day, and visiting Petra on a different day, you still only need a one day entrance ticket for Petra.
Other sites are a lot less expensive, but a typical 8 day tour such as our Week in Jordan trip will incur total fees of over 100JD (GBP 115, USD 141).
You can see a full breakdown of all the different site entrance fees in Jordan on the Jordan Tourism Board website.
The Jordan Pass includes a package of over 40 entrance fees to different sites in Jordan, including all the main ones you would expect to visit.
There are three different Jordan Passes available. All include the free entry visa and free digital brochures. The only difference is how many days you are covered to enter Petra.
It is also important to check if your tour will visit the Baptism Site at Bethany. If it does (and many of our tours do), then you should also add the Bethany extension onto your Jordan Pass when purchasing it online. This costs a discounted amount of JD 8 rather than the JD 12 payable at the site. If you do not add this onto your Jordan Pass, you will need to pay for the ticket when you arrive at the site.
Several of our tours visit a handful of sites that are for various reasons not included in the Jordan Pass. These include:
If your tour visits these sites then we will include the entrance fee for these in the price of your tour. This just keeps things simple for you so that you know that if you have purchased the Jordan Pass, you won’t need to pay any other entry fees while you are in Jordan.
If you visit any other sites not included in the Jordan Pass that are not specified in your tour itinerary (for example during some free time, or if you agree with your guide to adjust your trip slightly while you are in the country), then you will need to pay the entrance fee for those.
When you arrive at the airport and head to immigration, you will see a separate desk with a sign saying ‘Jordan Pass’. You should go to this desk first and show your Jordan Pass (ideally this should be printed out in case of any issues with your phone battery or reading the QR code off your email). They will stamp the free visa in your passport. You then head to the Immigration desk to get your passport stamped for entry into Jordan. Once that is done you proceed to collect your luggage.
We have tried to give information about most situations here. However there are more extensive and detailed FAQs on the Jordan Pass website you can check out. Please contact us if you still have questions that you don’t find answers for there.
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