I’ve had it confirmed to me from several independent sources today (March 31 2014) that Jordan’s government has decided to double the cost of a tourist visa to enter Jordan with immediate effect – from 20JD to the new price of 40JD (which equates to £35 or US$60).
The new, higher rate applies from tomorrow, April 1st 2014. (And no, it’s not an April Fool! I double-checked!)
That means that this price doubling was announced with less than 24 hours’ notice.
I understand that Jordan’s tourism authorities argued against the price rise, especially with such short notice, but without success. The rise was ordered by the Minister of Finance.
I’ll spare you the analysis. But, with tourism confidence way down, to charge 40JD to enter the country and 50JD to enter the number one attraction, Petra, I’d love to know more about the Jordanian government’s long-term strategy for tourism growth.