If you are going to study internationally in Jordan, you are going to need to get a student visa. This process can be stressful and confusing, so we’ve put together a guide to help you through it.
Essentially, in order to get a student visa for Jordan, you will need to file an application with the Jordan Ministry of the Interior for Annual Residence Permit for Studying in the Jordanian Universities and Academics.
Citizens from Bahrain, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Vatican and Yemen are not required to have a visa in order to enter Jordan.
Students who are US citizens must apply for a visa through the Jordanian government upon their arrival in Jordan. Students who are not US citizens should contact their Jordanian Consulate immediately to inquire about any specific admission/visa requirements. Rules and regulations for student visas are constantly changing and each Jordanian Consulate in the US functions independently and makes its own rules, deadlines, and policies.
Students must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their expected departure date from Jordan. Although it is not recommended, it is sometimes possible to apply for a visa before departure for Jordan. If you choose to do this, your passport will physically remain at the Consulate until your visa is approved, so keep this in mind if you plan on traveling internationally before your program begins.
Make sure that you verify that the Consulate will be open and accepting applications before you make any specific travel plans, as some Consulates only accept a certain number of applications per day. Visa applications submitted in this matter are normally processed in three to five business days. Rush service may be available for additional fees.
Don’t get sick! Before you set out for Jordan, make sure you are up to date on your vaccines. You can check vaccination requirements here.
Per the US Department of State, some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Jordan. Jordan does not permit entry or residency for foreign nationals with HIV/AIDS. Travelers who are known to have HIV are denied entry at ports of entry, including land border crossings. Travelers seeking to extend their stay beyond the initial timeframe are legally required to have an AIDS test performed as a Jordanian government medical facility. Those who fail to submit the test or who test positive for HIV are deported.
If you would like more information about what documentation you may need in order to enter Jordan, please contact the nearest Jordan embassy. You can find their contact information here.