With a population of just 10 million, you could be forgiven for thinking that Jordan has little to offer in terms of travel. But spend five minutes in this country and you’ll quickly realise what a fallacy that is. The people are friendly and generous.
The countryside is diverse and staggeringly beautiful. And the rich history of the ancient religious sites makes Jordan a true hidden gem of the Middle East. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it in Jordan. Escapism?
Try walking across the canyons of Wadi Rum or rooftop stargazing in Dana Biosphere Reserve. Ancient ruins? Two days in Petra and you’ll consider yourself an expert. Wildlife? Snorkel through the bountiful kaleidoscope of the Red Sea! The truth is, Jordan never ceases to surprise a curious mind and an adventurous spirit. And it really will draw you in and leave you wanting more.
Climate in Jordan
The climate is subtropical arid, with sunny summers and cold winters. The best time to visit is spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). From November to March, the rains are heavier than usual. Sometimes in autumn and spring, a strong and hot wind from the Egyptian Desert brings dust and sand storms. The weather in November ranges from pleasant to perfect, depending on the destination. In Amman and Petra, weather can get as high as 20°C and cold up to 10°C. In Aqaba, the max high is 27°C and the min is 15°C.
Time Difference in Jordan
Jordan is 3 hours ahead of the UK
Language in Jordan
Arabic – Official language.
English – is mostly spoken in large cities and urban areas.
Commonly Used Words in Jordan
Hello = Marhaba
Goodbye = Ma’a Al Salameh
Thank you = Shukran
Please = min fadlik
Yes = naeam
Which Plug Do I Need in Jordan?
For Jordan there are two associated plug types: types C and D. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern.
What is The Local Currency in Jordan?
£100 is equivalent to 89.63 JD (as of January 2024)
What Credit Cards Can I Use in Jordan?
Credit and debit cards are widely used in Jordan. Mastercard, Visa, Diners’ Club, American Express are accepted in most large restaurants, hotels and larger shops. ATMs can be found in major cities. We recommend having approximately £100 in local currency in cash for incidentals such as tips, drinks and souvenirs etc.
Tipping in Jordan
Tipping in Jordan is expected, it is part of their culture. Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.
Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Jordan (January 2024)
Coke/Pepsi 0.35 JD
Water 0.27 JD
Coffee 2.29 JD
Beer 5.00 JD
Inexpensive Meal 5.00 JD
Passport Validity for Jordan
If you are visiting Jordan, your passport should be valid for the minimum period of six months from the time you arrive.
Do I Need a Visa for Jordan? (January 2024)
You can buy a single entry visit visa valid for one month on arrival at the airports or the Sheikh Hussein/North Border crossing at the Jordan/Israel border. The cost is 40 Jordanian Dinars. Some airlines may require passengers to submit a health declaration at the check-in counters.
An exit tax, currently 10 Jordanian Dinars, is payable at all border crossings, except the airports.
If you’re entering for tourism you can get a combination of a visa and reduced cost entry to the major tourism sites by applying for a Jordan Pass online.
You can extend your visa after you arrive in Jordan up to a maximum period of 6 months. If you overstay your visa you will be fined. You can apply to extend your visa using the following website. Payment is accepted online.
COVID-19 Requirements for Jordan? (January 2024)
There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for passengers entering Jordan. You do not need to complete any pre-departure declaration.
Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.