Jordan Pass: Visa and Entrance ticket for many sights
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan offers the Jordan Pass. This can save visa costs and entrance fees to many sights. During my Jordan trip I tested the pass.
During my research on Jordan I came across the Jordan Pass. Purchased in advance, it allows free entry (The passport itself is not a visa and additional regulations apply depending on the duration of your stay and place of entrance) and free entry to many sights. Among them even Jordan’s most well-known sight: the rock city of Petra.
How to buy the pass
The pass can be purchased online on the Jordan Pass website. Payment can be made by Visa or MasterCard. Unfortunately, I had some trouble purchasing the pass, because the payment by MasterCard could not be completed. This is probably due to the fact that the website does not work well with Firefox and my cookie settings. With Chrome the payment went without problems when allowing cookies before you buy. A few minutes after the purchase, I received the pass as PDF and JPG (smartphone version) by mail. But I was also able to download it from the website immediately after paying.
How much does the pass cost?
The cost of the pass depends on how many days you want to spend in Petra. There is one day for 70 JD, two days for 75 JD and three days for 80 JD. If you only want to visit Petra, the pass is already worthwhile, as one day in Petra costs 50 JD and the visa 40 JD, thus you save 20 JD.
All sights I visited, except the Dead Sea, were included in the pass. On the website of the Jordan Pass all included sights are listed.
The passport must be purchased before entering Jordan. Visa fees are only waived if you are in the country for at least four days. If not, you will have to pay the visa fee afterwards. On the website of the Jordanpass you will find all information. Since these can change also at short notice, I recommend to have a closer look at the page before buying.
Result: A must for every Jordan trip that lasts longer than four days. Especially for backpackers the pass is very rewarding, because you save a lot and are very flexible.