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This is primarily a quick tip that I wish I’d have known and hopefully this helps you. If you’re traveling from Outside of Jordan to Aqaba, the airport closest to Wadi Rum, then this is for you. You’ll have to forgive my lack of pictures, but I wasn’t quite sure if I could take them since we were in transit and it was centered around immigration, but I’ll do my best to describe our situation. Long story short – Aqaba has its own visa on arrival service as of May 2019.
We were flying from Cairo to Amman to Aqaba where we would set out on a Jordanian adventure – it was probably some of the most insane consecutive days of sight-seeing I’ve ever had. One day the pyramids to the next few days: Wadi Rum, Martian Tents, Petra, Mt. Nebo and the Dead Sea. Quite a string of days.
We had decided to book flights on Royal Jordanian that routed us from Cairo to Amman to Aqaba with a short layover in Amman en route. Roughly 90 minutes. In case you’re wondering, there is a morning and an evening flight to Aqaba so that evening flight was it.
I’d read online that you could have your visa on arrival processed in Aqaba, or at least I thought that’s what I read.
Upon arrival into Amman, as we were passing the immigration/visa on arrival desk and I suddenly started to doubt myself. Did we need to grab our bags, gets visas here, and then re-check-in? I didn’t think so, but I thought I’d ask to be safe.
Yes, sir, you need to do that.
WHAT?! Suddenly the timeframe was super short. In what was now 75 minutes we needed to get processed, get our bags, go through customs, check back in, security, and find our gate. Worst case I thought we will fly down in the morning, but we were scheduled to depart our hotel for Wadi Rum at noon. UGH
First Off…you need a visa if you plan on exiting the airport. This is 40 JOD, and even though they advertise cash only, they take credit card as well. Them an processed us, and then directed us to get our bags.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, you need to get bags, re-check in.”
“Down there,” he motioned towards an escalator with baggage claim
The mistake we made – getting processed at the AMM airport
This is something you do not need to do. In fact, if you keep walking past the visa on arrival area that we stopped at you’d see a sign directing passengers for Aqaba. That’s where we SHOULD have gone.
How we managed to still make our flight
After getting our visas processed we waited another 20 minutes for our bags. They never came. We asked someone and they told us that they would have just gone on to Aqaba.
That’s what I thought they’d do, originally. What a pickle!
We dashed out of customs and found the Royal Jordanian check-in and started to run to security when my mom points to the very very very far end.
Aqaba had it’s own check in
Why? It’s the only domestic place you can fly to commercially within Jordan. Luckily, we made it through quickly, and onto the plane – which we had to take a bus to and board via a remote stand.
Arrival into Aqaba
Once we arrived into Aqaba I wondered what we’d encounter, and if we did, in fact, need to do that in Amman. Sure enough…there is a visa on arrival service right there that you could use. We deplaned on the tarmac and walked into baggage – we bypassed the visa on arrival, but still needed to show ours before proceeding to baggage. We turned an easy layover into an all-out panic attack for no good reason.
If you’re in a similar situation – fret not – you can get your visa processed in Aqaba.
Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Doha
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- Finding Award space on United’s Polaris for 3 people
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- Booking a Quad on Qatar QSuites with individual record locators
- My Experience using Groundlink
- St. Regis New York
- Intercontinental Barclay New York
- United Polaris Lounge Newark
- United Polaris Business Class 777-300ER Newark to Tel Aviv
- Reflections on our trip to Israel
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- Visiting the Holy Sites of Jerusalem
- Crowne Plaza Jerusalem
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- Combined 2nd review of Intercontinental David in Tel Aviv ( this time in Club room )
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- Why Wadi Rum should be on your bucket list
- Martian Tent at the Mazayen Rum Camp Wadi Rum
- Marriott Petra
- Why you need a full day at Petra
- Crowne Plaza Dead Sea
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