I have an overnight layover in Amman. Have to exit the airport.
I was told that I have to exit the airport in Amman because the layover for my flight to Chicago is 12 hours. I was also told that since I have a single entry visa, I will have to leave my passport with immigration and pick it up before my flight the next morning. Has anyone ever had to go through this procedure? A person at G3 Visas gave me this information, but other people I have asked think it sounds sketchy. Any answers?
I was in Jordan in 2002 and arrived at Amman airport. Even though I too had a single entry visa, I definitely did not need leave my passport at the airport. Not sure if things have changed since then, but I doubt it. The reason being is that many accommodation places require you to enter your passport and visa number upon check-in - something very difficult if it is still sitting at the airport.
If I remember correctly, a single entry visa lasts for 30 days, but a 7 day transit can be issued on arrival - but it depends on your nationality. Information on the different visas can be found on the Jordanian Embassy website
Thank you. I guess the operative word here is "Transit". The airline didn't tell me that you have to let the immigration people know that you are a transit customer. I tried to explain that I was only staying in Amman for 12 hours until my flight back to Chicago, but the immigration people said I had to buy a new visa (10 dinar). When I got back to the airport in the morning, I was also misdirected to the wrong line, again, because I didn't say "Transit" when I arrived. It was a mess at Queen Alia. Anyway, that was a minor irritation, and my trip to Jordan was fabulous!!
Rule number one when travelling never ever ever let your passport out of your sight.
You didnt say what country you are from?
please give more details.