Development Bilateral Relations between Indonesia – Jordan


Historically, the socio-cultural relationship Indonesia with Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan, has existed for a long time. Diplomatic relations between the two countries began in 1950, while the Embassy in Amman opened since 1985 and Jordan opened its embassy in Jakarta in November 1986.

Indonesia-Jordan relations are well developed and there are no obstacles for the two countries to enhance friendship. The highlight of the friendly relations between the two countries is marked by the state visit of King Hussein and Queen Noor to Indonesia 1-6 April 1986, and the state visit of President Suharto's response to Jordan, 11 to 14 November 1996, which received a warm welcome from the people of Jordan. Furthermore, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania also has a state visit to Indonesia, 12 to 13 October 2005, also met with a state visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Jordan, 2-3 May 2006.

In the period 2015-2016, King Abdullah II visited back to Indonesia in succession, namely: bilateral working visit on 25-26 February 2014, and a working visit on 21-22 April 2015 in order to attend the 60th Anniversary Conference Asia Africa (KAA) 1955 and the 10th birth anniversary of the Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) in Jakarta. Queen Rania also visited Indonesia to attend the 4 thMeeting of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bali, 26 to 27 March 2013. In addition, on 6-7 March 2016, Prince Hasan bin Talal has attended the Extraordinary Summit of the OIC All 5 of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif OIC in Jakarta.


Bilateral economic relations between the two countries is based on the Agreement of Economic and Trade Cooperation signed on April 3, 1986. Under the agreement has been established the Joint Commission as an official forum to discuss efforts to increase economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Although Jordan is not the final destination country for export products from Indonesia, given the number of its population of about 9.5 million, but due to its strategic location in the Middle East region and the proximity of its bilateral relations with the US and EU, Jordan is the gateway to the Indonesian export products market into Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, the US and the European Union.


In the social and cultural fields, both countries have an umbrella cooperation Cooperation Agreement Field of Culture and Science, signed by the two Governments in Jakarta on May 12, 1989. The agreement covers cooperation in the fields of culture, education, information, health, the arts, science, youth and sports.

Both countries also have an agreement in the field of Islamic activity signed by the Minister of Religious Affairs in Jakarta on October 5, 1989, which includes cooperation in the field of coaching endowment, the heritage of Islam, Islamic culture and hajj affairs. In addition, the two countries also have cooperation in the field of health between the Ministry of Health, signed in Jakarta on January 18, 2006, among others, include the fields of public health, disease control, health management, and environmental health.

On January 15, 2016, the Indonesian Embassy in Amman in cooperation with the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) / Amman City Government has organized a peace tree planting activities on behalf of the first President, Mr. Ir. Sukarno in the Peace Garden, King Hussein Park.

Currently in Jordan there are three Indonesian park located in King Hussein Park, Amman and Philadelphia University, Jerash and Salt City. Establishment of Wildlife Indonesia is one of the efforts to promote Indonesian Embassy in Amman in a green well as to Jordan.


The Indonesian government set all Jordanian passport holders to have a visa from the Indonesian Missions abroad before making a visit to Indonesia. However, the Government of Jordan to apply visit visa upon arrival ( visa on arrival / VOA) to all holders of Indonesian passports of any kind, other than the visa obtained through the Representative of Jordan abroad. Special VOA, the Jordanian government set rates of certain visas to Indonesian passport holder of any kind (including service passports RI), except for holders of Indonesian diplomatic passports that are free.

Protection of Indonesian Citizens and BHI

The number of citizens in Jordan at the beginning of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1986 spelled out very little. However, since 2000, is known to begin their wave of Indonesian Workers (TKI) who entered the Jordanian market, and the number is increasing from year to year.

In 2001 the Government of Indonesia and Jordan signed the MoU on Employment. Given that the majority of workers is working in the domestic sector (as Housemaid / Housemaid), the MoU was later refined and revised into a Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Placement Indonesian domestic helpers (TKI-PLRT) signed on 27 June 2009 in Bali.

Implementation of the MoU were so weak that many of the problems related to labor, both from the time of the briefing and departure from Indonesia, and during the placement and their presence in Jordan. For it was on July 29, 2010 the Indonesian Government issued a moratorium on sending workers to Jordan-Housemaid.