Visiting Jordan (FAQ)
We have gathered the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding visiting Jordan. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by mail or phone.
Visas are required for entry into Jordan. Fees and length of stay vary according to the visitor’s nationality. Visas can be obtained from either a Jordanian diplomatic mission, or for some nationalities, at point of entry.
Certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained prior to travel. Note that the policies are subject to change without prior notice. It is recommended that you check with the Jordanian diplomatic mission in your country prior to travel to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for travel.
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 as well as stays a minimum of 3 nights in Jordan. This policy is applicable for non restricted nationalities.
Arrivals at Aqaba, either through the port, the airport or at the crossing from Israel or Saudi Arabia, are granted a free visa to Jordan. There is no obligation associated with this visa, provided that they leave the country from the same border and within 1 month of arrival, and that they do not need to renew their visa.
There is an exit service fee for land and sea border points.
Arabic is the official language, but English is spoken widely, especially in business.
Visitors flying into Jordan have no problems arranging transportation. The country has an extensive network of paved roads, permitting smooth movement through different parts of the country.
Personal movement is easy as there are more than 100 rental car agencies offering a full range of vehicles. Also the yellow taxis are very reasonably priced and reliable.
Jordan’s Mediterranean climate makes travel possible all year around. The climate is arid and moderate in temperature. However, it depends on which part of the country you are in, as altitude ranges from 400 meters below sea level at the Dead Sea, to 1854 meter above sea level at the Wadi Rum Mountains.
Jordan tends to be hot and dry in summer and cooler and wetter in winter – January and February are the wettest months. The most popular times to visit are spring, especially March, April, May and June; autumn, especially September, October and November.
Winter temperatures in Amman average around 7 – 10 C in January, with July temperatures reaching 23 – 27 C. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50 mm to over 600 mm in certain parts of the country. Amman, at over 950 meters elevation, is known for its cool, dry nights even in full summer.
Since Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, very revealing clothing are never appropriate. Walking shorts for men and women are acceptable at tourist sites, but would be out of place in the down area of major cities. Bathing suits are acceptable in pool and beach areas. Topless sunbathing is prohibited. Modest walking shorts and jeans are acceptable daytime wear. Conservative, unrevealing clothes are best to be used in downtown Amman.
Evening can be cool so bring clothing that can be layered. If you visit Jordan in winter, you will need to bring a raincoat and warm cloths. Please bring clothes that you can layer for comfort and warmth (especially at night). Please be sure to bring a sweater, war jacket and comfortable, rubble, rubber-soled walking shoes, as a fair amount of walking is involved on the tour.
It is customary to tip bathroom attendants, the guide and your driver.
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). Divided into 1000 fils.
1 JD = 1.42 USD
1 JD = 1.03 (current exchange rate)
The electricity supply in Jordan is 230V/50Hz, but several types of plugs and sockets are commonly used: e.g. European with round pins, British standard with three pins, rectangular, Indian and combination sockets that can take multiple types.
Jordan can be regarded as a typically Arab country as its people are very warm, friendly and hospitable.
(8:30AM - 6PM Jordan time)