FAQs on Jordan
Do I need a visa to travel to Jordan?
If you arrive into Jordan, via a ferry into Aqaba Port, via the land borders from Israel or from Saudi Arabia or into Aqaba International Airport on an international flight, thus entering the country through the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ), then there is no requirement for any payment for visas. Such visas are valid for one month and you will need to leave Jordan from the same ASEZ border point through which you entered. Also, groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator with a government certified tour guide are exempt from all visa charges, provided the group arrives and departs together and will be staying in the country for a minimum of 3 nights. For citizens of most countries, if you enter Jordan from any other point apart from the King Hussein Bridge, visas can be obtained at the border and cost JOD 40 for stays up to two months. If you are entering via the King Hussein Bridge, you are required to obtain your visa in advance from a Jordanian Consulate. The citizens of some countries must obtain a visa in advance from a Jordanian Consulate. Lists of those countries are available online. Check prior to travel.
Is tipping customary in Jordan?
Tipping is up to the individual in Jordan. Hotels and up-market restaurants typically add a surcharge that is included in bills, which is usually 10%. Rounding up bills and leaving spare change is a good idea when dining in smaller restaurants and when using taxis.
What is the internet access like in Jordan?
Internet access is growing rapidly in Jordan. Internet can usually be accessed from hotels and internet cafes in major cities. Expect little to no access in small towns, villages and other rural areas.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Jordan?
Mobile phone coverage is good in Jordan’s major cities and built-up areas like Amman and Aqaba. Expect limited to no phone coverage in more isolated areas like the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated on your phone before leaving home.
Can I drink the water in Jordan?
Drinking water from taps in Jordan can be safe, depending on where you are. It’s considered safe to drink water from modern hotels that have filtered water but perhaps not so from smaller establishments and in rural areas. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Peel fruit before eating.
Are credit cards accepted widely in Jordan?
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Jordan. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
What is ATM access like in Jordan?
ATMs are common in Jordan’s main cities so finding one won’t be a problem. Rural and remote areas typically will have less ATMs so be sure to carry enough cash for purchases when away from the city.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Jordan?
Absolutely. All passengers travelling to Jordan should obtain travel insurance before the start of their trip.
What public holidays are celebrated in Jordan?
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 3 Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
Apr 3 Good Friday
Apr 6 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 Independence Day
May 16 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Jun 10 Army Day
Jun 18 Start of Ramadan
Jul 18 Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Sep 23 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Oct 13 Islamic New Year
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2015. For a list of public holidays in Jordan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/jordan/public-holidays
Jordan Travel Tips
Jordan Tripsis committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Jordan
1. Be considerate of Jordan’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
4. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren’t expected to fast, it’s recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
5. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.
6. Learn some local language and don’t be afraid to use it. Simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Ask permission and remove your shoes before entering a place of worship.
9. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
10. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.