Jordan is a traveler's dream introduction to the MiddleEast. Safe and friendly, the destination gets travelers up close to world wonders and immerses them in world-class hospitality. You'll feel right at home once you slip into the culture of this easygoing country. UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound in Jordan.
A Jordan Visa on Arrival is issued for a maximum of 30 days, and for a single entry. If you want to stay longer, you have to apply for an Embassy visa, which can be issued for double-, and multiple entries and allows a stay of up to six months
The Jordanian dinar (JD). One JD is approximately 1.4 USD (as of early 2018).
In the main cities and most hotels throughout the country, credit cards are generally accepted. However, you are likely to find that Bedouin camps, smaller shops, and restaurants are cash only. It is recommended that you keep cash on you, so you don’t find yourself out in the desert, far from an ATM!
Yes and no. Many people in Jordan speak at least a little English, but it may be very limited. If you are in Amman and tourist areas such as Petra, you will likely be ok. If you are traveling off the beaten path, you’ll want to book a local guide. Beyond simply assisting with communication, a local guide can offer valuable knowledge of culture, history, food, and customs that you may not otherwise learn on your own.
While you can visit Jordan any time of year, spring (March - May) or fall (September - October, though September and October can still be hot) are likely to be the most comfortable weather-wise. Summer can be unbearably hot and winter can be quite cold and rainy with shorter days and less light. If spring or fall travel isn’t possible, summer is the next best option — more hours of sunlight mean more hours in the day to explore.
Absolutely! Jordanians tend to be very family-oriented, so children are welcome in most places.
Food and family are hugely important to Jordanian culture, so you are likely to find yourself eating often and in a variety of settings — from standing at a street stall in downtown Amman or dining on international cuisine at a rooftop restaurant, to eating around a campfire in Wadi Rum or sitting on the floor of a family home. The food is influenced by both Bedouin culture and international flavors, so you’ll discover a variety of dishes to choose from, most containing meat, vegetables, herbs, and rice or bread. The national dish, mansaf — made of lamb, yoghurt, and rice — is a must. You’ll find falafel and hummus aplenty, and olive oil used in many dishes. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern herbs are also commonly used. Be sure to sample some of the herb blend za’atar sprinkled on labneh cheese, bread, yoghurt, or used as a rub on meat. The ingredients vary, but most za’atar contains thyme and oregano, and in Jordan, it often includes wild sumac.
Jordanians are known for their warm hospitality, making Jordan not only a safe place to visit, but also extremely welcoming. Although there is unrest in other areas of the Middle East, Jordan is peaceful and often referred to as “the quiet house in the noisy neighborhood.” Of course, you should still take the usual precautions you’d take most anywhere you travel in the world: Leave the expensive jewelry at home, don’t flash wads of money, keep your valuables close by or locked in a safe, and don’t wander off alone at night. If you are traveling to the northern part of Jordan, be aware that you may be asked to show your passport at checkpoints and should not attempt to cross the border. The Syrian border crossings are currently closed and you will not be permitted near them (as of writing this in early 2018).
Most likely, yes. For some travelers, a visa can be obtained on arrival
At 34,495 mi², Jordan is a relatively small country — slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Indiana. From Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south, the entire length of Jordan is just over 400 miles. The Dead Sea resorts (to the south of Amman) and the Roman ruins of Jerash (to the north) are both less than an hour from the capital city, and the top tourist destinations of Petra and Wadi Rum can be reached by car in about 3-4 hours from Amman. Visitors generally travel by car, although domestic flights between Aqaba and Amman are an option.
By air: There are two international airports in Jordan: Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. If you are traveling from outside the Middle East, Amman is your best bet.
By land: If you are coming from neighboring Israel or the Palestinian Territories, you have three border crossing options for arriving in Jordan: King Hussein Bridge in the north, the Allenby Bridge near the Dead Sea, or Wadi Araba on the Red Sea. Be sure to double check visa requirements, exit taxes, and hours of operation, as these are subject to change.
With culture and history overflowing, Jordan is a wonderful family trip. Explore the historic ruins of Petra or relax by the Dead Sea. There is something for everyone and a hospitality specially afforded to families.
Jordan is one of the few Middle Eastern countries where homosexuality is legal. That said, attitudes can be quite conservative and discrimination does occur. All couples should avoid public affection in Jordan as this is extremely frowned upon regardless of orientation. The capital city of Amman has gay-friendly venues and LGBTQ travelers should not be put off of travelling to Jordan and can expect to have a fascinating and fun-filled vacation.
• Mansaf. Traditionally served in a large platter meant for communal eating, mansaf is a dish of tender meat layered with paper-thin flatbread and great piles of aromatic rice. ...
• Bedouin tea and coffee.
Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.
Jordan's significance results partly from its strategic location at the crossroads of what Christians, Jews and Muslims call the Holy Land. It is a key ally of the United States and, together with Egypt, one of only two Arab nations to have made peace with Israel.
1. Petra. View of the monastery in Petra from a cave.
2. Dead Sea. Floating in the salty water.
3. Wadi Rum. Rock arch in Wadi Rum.
4. Jerash Ruins. Colonnade Street in the Jerash ruins.
5. Aqaba. Warm Water.
6. Roman Ruins in Amman. Amman Roman ruins
7. Ancient Mosaics of Madaba.
8. Wadi Mujib.
For many tourists making their first visit to Petra we have compiled a checklist of some of the most important items you may wish to carry with you. Hats and other covering.
If you're visiting in summer, large brimmed hats that provide not only a head covering but also a certain amount of shade will come in very handy in the hot Petra sun.
Very good, comfortable walking shoes: This is probably one of the first things most people will tell you to bring to Petra. Most tourists will be doing a considerable amount of walking, and shoes should not be just comfortable, but comfortable to walk long distances.
Canteen or water holder: Staying hydrated will mean the difference between a comfortable tour and one that might end with trouble. Most people quickly learn to carry a water bottle with them, and bottled water is easily accessible. However, lugging around a water bottle in your hand can be tiresome. It is much better to bring along either a canteen, or some other utensil that will allow you to carry the water bottle on your waist or around your shoulder. Fanny packs or backpacks with holders for water bottles, and for women, even a shoulder bag type of purse will make this more convenient.
Finally, bring along a humor and a good attitude!!! We love to see your smile.
While sun blocks may be purchased in Jordan, you might prefer to bring your own favorite brand, but do bring it.
Another item that may be purchased in Jordan are sunglasses, but again, many people will prefer to bring their own. There will be many times that tourists find themselves in a blaring, sand and desert landscape and there is nothing better than a good pair of sunglasses, with the highest UV rating you can find.
Canteen or water holder:
Staying hydrated will mean the difference between a comfortable tour and one that might end with trouble. Most people quickly learn to carry a water bottle with them, and bottled water is easily accessible. However, lugging around a water bottle in your hand can be tiresome. It is much better to bring along either a canteen, or some other utensil that will allow you to carry the water bottle on your waist or around your shoulder. Fanny packs or backpacks with holders for water bottles, and for women, even a shoulder bag type of purse will make this more convenient.
Finally, bring along a humor and a good attitude!!! We love to see your smile.
• Day pack or backpack.
• Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
• Walking shoes or sandals with grip - even if you opt-out of challenging hikes, you will still want to wear comfortable shoes.
• Sun protection - sun hat or scarf, sunglasses and sunscreen.
he PCR test should be done within maximum 72 hours prior to departure.
The traveler must register on the platform https://www.gateway2jordan.gov.jo/form/ar even if they obtain a certificate of vaccination, and the system will show travel requirements based on the information provided during registration.
Any traveler of the age of 5 and above is subject to the PCR test upon arrival
Wearing a mask is mandatory in public places such as malls and public gathering places, according to the protocols and recommendations of the Ministry of Health