IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR JORDAN
(Visas and Health Insurance are Required)
Passport/Visa: Make sure that your passport is valid AND that it has more than 6 months before the expiration date when you plan to leave Jordan. Check the visa requirements between your home country and Jordan. For U.S. citizens, you can obtain a single-entry visa upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) and most international land border crossings. Cost is 40 JD (Jordanian Dinars), and the visa is valid for one month. In general, nearly all European, North American, and South American countries can access the same single-entry visa at QAIA upon arrival. Citizens of other ‘restricted’ countries will need to pre-arrange for a visa before arriving in Jordan. Check the requirements for your country and plan ahead.
Health insurance: Contact your health insurance provider to ensure that you will have coverage while traveling in Jordan. Most domestic policies do not cover you outside the U.S.; specifically, Medicare/Medicaid is NOT valid outside the U.S. Jordan requires that all visitors have a valid health insurance policy for the duration of their stay. Be sure to purchase travel medical insurance for coverage while in Jordan AND bring a copy with you.
For United States Citizens, AKA Travel Team will be happy to provide you quotes for travel insurance, which included medical coverage during travel. For those that are NOT citizens of the United States, check with your country of residency for travel insurance rates.
Climate: Late October and early November – it’s the best time of year and ‘high season’ for traveling in Jordan. At the Dead Sea, daily high/low averages are 71°F/58°F; Aqaba on the Red Sea, 85°F/64°F. Pack your bags accordingly.
Dress: When considering what to pack for clothing, Jordan is relaxed compared to its neighboring countries but is still viewed as conservative by many Western countries. For comfort while traveling and to respect the culture of the country we’re visiting, a good general rule is to keep shoulders, arms, and legs covered when possible. It’s also a good way to avoid sunburn and insect bites.
Safety concerns: Jordan is one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East and considered to be very safe. Crime rates are very low and have been declining. If you research safety rankings for Jordan, you’ll find that it is actually safer than the U.S. in nearly every category! Because tourism is a significant part of the Jordanian economy, the government takes tourism and the safety of tourists extremely seriously.
Credit/ATM cards: Contact your card issuers to advise them that you will be traveling to Jordan. Consider bringing more than one credit card in case one is declined. Check that your credit cards do not charge foreign transaction fees. In general, bank ATMs are a good place to obtain cash. Credit/ATM cards will be accepted in resort areas and cities, but keep in mind that may not be the case in areas like the Wadi Rum desert camps and Petra. Carry some local currency, smaller bills are better. Many smaller vendors prefer cash payments in JD.