Jordan issues visas to U.S. citizens and many other nationalities for a fee at Queen Alia International Airport, and coming from Israel, at the Sheikh Hussain crossing in the north of the country (not at the Alenby/King Hussein Bridge or Wadi Araba/South Border crossings!) upon arrival.
The visa currently costs 40JD (about $60 USD) for a single entry upon arrival at the airport.
Single-semester students may obtain a six-month, multi-entry visa from the consulate in Washington D.C. or the consular office nearest you before you travel to Jordan–you can find the visa application forms here. (U.S. citizens and citizens of Western Europe need only submit Form A.) This is a good choice if you are planning to leave Jordan more than twice during the semester; otherwise, you are better off with a single-entry visa which you can get at the airport. The six-month, multi-entry visa costs approximately $180 (as of February 2018). (Traveling to Palestine and Israel, overland, does not require purchasing a visa on re-entry.)
Once you are in Amman, our staff will assist you with registering and extending your visa.
Academic-year students may simply purchase the visa at the airport on arrival, for 40 JD (about $60 USD), which you will then convert to a residency permit for one year through the University in Jordan. Our on-site staff will assist in this process, which may include visiting a health clinic for a blood test at a cost of 30 JD. Once you have your residency permit, you will be able to exit and reenter the country without obtaining a new visa. It is hard to predict, however, how long this process will take.
Citizens of other countries should ask the Jordanian Embassy in the U.S. or their home country for help in determining their requirements. Citizens of some countries, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and India, should be aware that you might have to apply for a visa before coming to Jordan and that the visa and residency processes may take several months.
Passport photos can be obtained at most pharmacies, travel agencies, and shipping supply stores (e.g., UPS or FedEx stores). Some students in the past have elected to use www.epassportphoto.com, which is an online passport photo service. Alternatively, you can easily, and perhaps at less expense, obtain photos in Amman.
If you have friends or family who will be visiting you in Jordan, past students strongly recommend that you have them get the Jordan Pass before they travel.