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Know Before You Go
General Information and Insider Tips
Residents of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do need a visa for travel to Jordan. One-month single-entry visas are issued for 40 JOD, and can be obtained upon arrival. If you require multiple entries or a longer stay, three-month and six-month visas are available, but must be applied for in advance through your nearest embassy or consulate. For other countries, check visa requirements here.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after returning from Jordan and have at least one blank visa page. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of valid and correct travel documentation.
Insider Tip: If you are planning a side-trip to Israel or other neighboring countries while in Jordan, apply for your Jordanian visa ahead of time to request multiple entries.
There are no particular requirements for Jordan, but make sure all routine vaccinations are up to date (MMR, polio, tetanus, etc.). Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. We recommend all vaccines be completed at least six weeks prior to travel.
If traveling from a country that has yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.
Tap water in Jordan is not safe to drink. If using your refillable water bottle, we recommend combining with a Steripen.
Insider Tip: Ensure you have plenty of water when hiking in the desert as heat-related problems are common.
The safety of our clients is of the utmost importance to us, and our local experts are always well-informed about the current situation in Jordan. For up-to-date information about safety, security and travel warnings, please refer to the US State Department, UK Foreign Travel Advice, or your local government resource.
A variety of sockets are found in Jordan, from the UK-style three-pronged flat (Type G) and Indian-style three-pronged round (Type D), to the European two-pronged (Type C & F) and the less-common Type J. Because all of these outlets are possible, it is highly advised to carry a world plug adapter. A flashlight or torch is also recommended for stays in the desert.
The official national language is Arabic. Here are some helpful words for you to learn:
Hello – Ahlan
Goodbye – Ma‘a as-salaama
Please – Mīn fāḍlīkā
Thank you – Shukran
Yes – Naäam
No – Laa
Insider Tip: As-salaam‘alaykum (peace be upon you) is a common greeting in Jordan.
The local currency is Jordanian Dinar (JOD).
Sometimes abbreviated JD, one dinar is divided into 10 dirham, 100 qirsh (a.k.a. piaster) and 1,000 fils. ATMs are widely available in cities, but less so in rural or desert areas. Credit cards are also commonly accepted in higher-end restaurants, hotels and shops, but it is always advisable to carry cash. Foreign currency is easily exchangeable, so bring some with you in case of any issues with your credit card or ATM.
Insider Tip: US dollars, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars and British pounds are all easily converted to dinar through foreign exchange offices. US dollars are sometimes accepted as payment.
- Restaurants – A service charge is often added to the bill (typically 10%), but if your service was exceptional, an additional 5-10% would be much appreciated.
- Cabs – Round up the change
- Hotels – Tip bellmen 1 JOD per bag, and housekeeping 2 JOD per day.
Insider Tip: Some tours include a pre-paid tip, so ask your local expert whether or not it’s included. If so, no need to tip again in person.
When to go?
In this desert climate, summer is very hot and winter temperatures can dip below freezing. Due to high temperatures, June-August is considered low season. High season runs from March-May with the peak in April when wildflowers are in bloom. Autumn, while short, is also pleasant with fewer tourists. Rain typically starts in October, and temperatures really drop in Amman and the desert during January and February.
Insider Tip: The khamseen is a strong desert wind that blows sand regularly each spring or early summer, although it typically only lasts for a few days.
Jordan is predominantly Arab and Islamic, but has also been influenced by Western culture, including music, movies and fashion. As a result, it is more liberal than other Arab countries, and the people are honest and hospitable, but its foundation of conservative values are still upheld. While friends warmly greet each other in public, public displays of affection between couples are disrespectful and frowned upon. Always ask before taking a person’s photo, and if invited to someone’s home for tea or a meal, acquaint yourself with the associated customs so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
Insider Tip: While you can talk freely about religion, it is illegal to encourage anyone to convert to any religion other than Islam.
Some travellers use Jordan’s relative liberalism as an excuse to dress immodestly, but it is much more respectful to wear neatly kept conservative clothes (nothing ripped, torn or sheer). Both men and women tend to fully cover their arms and legs, with women also obscuring the nape of their neck with high collars or scarves. Shorts are not advisable for women. Shoulders and knees must always be covered when visiting a mosque. If visiting the desert, bring layers as it can be chilly at night, even in summer.
- Comfortable shoes for city walking
- Hiking boots for Petra, Wadi Rum, etc.
- Swimsuit for floating in the Dead Sea (a one-piece is more appropriate for women)
- Light sweater or jacket for cool evenings
- Scarf or wrap for women
- Simple medical kit with over-the-counter drugs and first aid (including anti-diarrheal and stomach meds)
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- All prescriptions
- Flashlight/torch for the desert
- Tissues in case toilet paper is unavailable