What are the best months to visit Jordan?
In the first half of the year, the peak season usually starts in mid-February and continues till the end of May. It starts again in September and continues till the end of November. These are the times when the weather is at its best, but it is worth noting that weather patterns are inconsistent, so it is possible to have perfect weather throughout the year, as most regions record less than 30 days of rain per year. The summer is hot but nowhere as hot as the Gulf countries, and is perfectly bearable.
Is Jordan safe to visit?
Absolutely. Jordan has a very low crime rate, and given that tourism is the main source of income for Jordan, security is excellent at all hotels and tourist sites.
Is Jordan a family friendly destination?
Yes, it certainly is! Jordan has become one of the most popular choices for a family vacation in the Near East, as it boasts family-friendly hotels, resorts, sites and attractions for children of all ages.
Do I need a visa to visit Jordan?
Jordan issues a single entry visa to most travellers upon their arrival at the airport or at one of the shared crossing points with Israel, that is of course in case your nationality does not require a pre-issued visa and you plan to stay in Jordan for a minimum of 48 hours. To check if you need a pre-arranged visa or not, please check the list in the following link:
Does it snow in Jordan?
It does snow in the highlands, but it rarely snows for more than a couple of days a year, and most of the time, the snow is already gone within a day or two.
How hot does it get in Jordan?
You have to take into consideration that Jordan has different climatic zones, which are dependent on the latitude and altitude, so it is not easy to give an answer to that question. The Dead Sea (410 metres below Sea level), and Aqaba on the southern tip of Jordan by the Red Sea are relatively warm throughout the year and can get very hot in the summer months of July and August. Nevertheless, all areas of Jordan have low humidity, so the heat is usually bearable even at the peak of summer. The western highlands, which span almost the whole length of the country are cooler in the summer and can be pretty cold in winter, with occasional snowfall about once every other year in the northern peaks, Amman and around the Petra region. However, the snow rarely settles for more than a day or two. Summer nights in the highlands are usually cool.
How cold does it get in Jordan?
Winters can be cold, especially at night, where temperatures can occasionally drop below freezing point in the highlands, but you can sometimes enjoy daytime temperatures in the upper twenties Celsius even in the height of winter.
What is the temperature in Jordan in October?
What is Jordan’s time zone?
Jordan’s standard time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2), but during summertime (From April till October) it is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
How far are Amman hotels from Amman Airport (or vice versa) ?
Queen Alia International Airport is located 32km away from Amman’s city centre. Most hotels are located on the western side of Amman. It‘s a 40-minute drive to your hotel, that is in the case of normal traffic.
How far are Dead Sea Resorts from Amman Airport (or vice versa)?
Dead Sea Area is located 60 km away from Queen Alia International Airport. The drive takes around 45 minutes in normal traffic. Virtually all Dead Sea Resorts are located in the same area.
What vaccinations are required or suggested for my visit to Jordan?
So far, there are no compulsory vaccinations required to travel to Jordan, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend you consult your doctors for the most up to date recommendations.
What are the emergency numbers in Jordan?
911 is the central emergency number covering all branches of civil defence and police.
Shall I arrange travel insurance by myself?
We recommend the purchase of adequate travel insurance for all overseas travel. It is currently a prerequisite to have medical travel insurance.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Jordan hotels?
The standard check-in time at most hotels is 14:00 or 15:00 depending on the hotel’s occupancy, while the standard check-out time is 12:00.
What different types of hotels are there in Jordan?
Hotels in Jordan fall across a broad range; from world-class luxurious resorts to hostel accommodations. We will always give you the best recommendation as we constantly inspect the hotels to make sure that they meet our standards and will provide high-quality services to our guests.
When is the weekend in Jordan?
The weekend in Jordan is Fridays & Saturdays, but not all businesses are closed; only government offices and banks close on these two days, while most shops are open on Saturdays.
Do women have to wear a hijab?
No, absolutely not. Jordan is quite liberal and guarantees the freedom for women to dress the way they wish. You will see locals that wear the hijab, as well as women who would not look out of place in a European city. It’s all about personal freedom at the end of the day.
Is it allowed for non-Muslims to enter historical mosques in Jordan?
Yes! Non-Muslims are welcome at many mosques in Jordan, but as mosques are places of worship, you must dress conservatively by ensuring your elbows and knees are covered, remove your shoes and leave them at the entrance.
Note: women will be asked to wear a scarf on their heads while visiting the mosque.
Can you drink alcohol in Jordan?
Without a doubt. Alcohol is readily available in tourist restaurants, at most 4-5 star hotels, and at bars. You can also buy alcohol at licensed liquor stores (which are readily found in Amman and Aqaba, and less so in other towns). We have two award-winning wine brands as well as three local beer brands.
It is acceptable to drink alcohol in Jordan as long as you respect the local people, customs and laws. Bear in mind that it is illegal in Jordan to drink in the street. Most camps in Wadi Rum are dry, but some will allow you to bring your own drinks.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Jordan?
Yes, according to the World Health Organization’s drinking water guidelines.
Although the water is clean and safe, it might taste a bit peculiar; therefore, we advise that you drink bottled mineral water or filtered water.
What are the people like in Jordan?
Jordanians are by nature very friendly and hospitable, most clients are pleasantly surprised by how genuinely friendly the locals are.
Can I travel with my girlfriend in Jordan?
Of course. You don’t have to be married to share a room with your girlfriend or boyfriend.
Is it possible to travel through Jordan with my pet?
Most hotels do not allow pets, and it will be impossible to do your tours and sightseeing along with your pet. Therefore, if you absolutely have to travel with your pet, you can book your pet’s accommodation at Amman’s Pet Lodge (www.petlodgejo.com), and you will be able to check on your pet at any given time.
Can I wear shorts in Jordan?
In tourist sites like Petra, Aqaba and the Dead Sea, shorts are fine. You may experience unwanted attention if wearing revealing clothing in other cities; therefore, it is not recommended.
Is Christmas celebrated in Jordan?
Indeed, it is! Christmas in Jordan is celebrated all over the country, and for those who are not religious, it is seen as a celebration. As a matter of fact, the Jordanian population includes both Muslims and Christians, who live peacefully together.
Is English spoken throughout Jordan?
Yes, English is taught at all local schools and is widely spoken in Jordan especially in the cities, and tourist towns. English is the second language after Arabic.
What is Jordan famous for?
Many things! Petra, Wadi Rum, The Baptism Site of Jesus, The Roman city of Jerash, our popular Royal Family and the friendliness of Jordanian people. Jordan is a very diverse country that has everything that the Middle East has to offer; different types of deserts, genuine hospitality, bazaars, ancient ruins, the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea. The must-see and do list depends on your interests and curiosity; whether you like ancient historical ruins, enjoy a pure nature-based adventure, unique activities or are simply looking for complete relaxation, Jordan is the perfect destination.
How welcoming is Jordan to LGBTQ travellers?
Jordan is a rarity in the Middle East in that homosexuality is not criminalised, but we recommend that one does not demonstrate affection in public as the local culture and traditions are at odds with such displays. In the Jordanian capital Amman, you will find many restaurants and cafes that are known for their support for the LGBTQ communities, especially in Rainbow street. As for your accommodation, stay away from budget hotels and go for 5-star hotels, as they offer more privacy.
What are the opening and closing hours for tourist sites?
Most sites open from 08:00 until 17:00 during summer time and from 08:00 until 16:00 during winter time, noting that these sites close earlier during Ramadan. On the other hand, Petra is open all year long from 6:00 till 18:00.
Which currencies are accepted in Jordan?
The official currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar (JD). One JD is approximately 1.4 US$. Some shops may accept US$ and virtually all accept credit cards.
Will I be able to exchange Dollars, Euros, or other currencies in Jordan?
Currency exchange service is available in Jordan at banks and exchange shops. Avoid exchanging money at the airport in order to avoid high exchange rates. A local bank or ATM withdrawal will usually be the best and cheapest place to exchange currency.
What should I pack when I go to Jordan?
If you are visiting in winter you should bring both warm clothes and rainwear, which will be required in Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the north. You may need shorts and light clothing for the Dead Sea and Aqaba. During spring and summer, light cotton clothing and a warm sweater for the evenings will be handy
Is Amman worth visiting?
Amman is one of the most underrated attractions in Jordan. The contrast between the modern trendy areas and the old city centre is mesmerising. The Citadel comes highly recommended, as does the Jordan Museum, the Royal Auto Museum, Rainbow Street and the old downtown. We would recommend you spend at least half a day visiting Amman.
What is the food like?
Jordanian food is amazing- with both rich vegetarian and speciality meat dishes to satisfy every taste. It is also good to know that Jordanian cuisine is very diverse, as it is influenced by other Mediterranean countries and traditional Arabian dishes. At hotels, breakfasts and dinners are offered in rich varieties of buffets.
In case you are allergic or intolerant to certain foods, please do let us know, so we notify your hotels to avoid serving these foods to you.
Is there a tipping culture in Jordan?
Yes there is-it is not compulsory, but highly appreciated. We would recommend you added 10% to your restaurant bills as a tip. You can also tip your guide and driver if you feel they offered you good service.
How long should I plan to spend in Jordan?
The answer depends on what sites you are planning to visit, and which activities you are most interested in. Most visitors opt for around a week to ten days, which you can easily fill with exciting activities and interesting experiences. There really is a lot to see and do in Jordan.
From our part, we will make sure to employ your time efficiently by avoiding unnecessary long travel and to allow you to see original and interesting sites and indulge in activities that you will treasure for a long time.
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Visa and Master Card are widely accepted in Jordan at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops. American Express is not as widely accepted. ATMs are available at many places in most cities and tourist towns. On the other hand, smaller shops still prefer cash payments in Jordanian dinars. Cash is essential for shopping at local shops and souks.
Is Jordan expensive?
According to the Economist, Jordan’s capital city of Amman ranked #29 in the world in the list of cities with the highest costs of living. Jordan is one of the most expensive countries in the region compared to locals’ income. The average daily price for travelling in Jordan is 67 USD per person, the average price for one-day meals is 16 USD, and the average price for hotel accommodation is 58 USD per person. Alcohol is particularly expensive. That said, the country offers unique experiences, has a boutique feel to it and is well worth what you pay for it.
Is it a good idea to visit Jordan during Ramadan?
It is totally okay to visit Jordan during the month of Ramadan, noting that it is the quietest time of year as fewer travellers visit the country during this month. The vast majority of restaurants and tourist attractions will be open, the only difference during this time of year will be that some tourist sites close earlier, but that does not include Petra as the site is open all year long from 6 am till 6 pm.
Liquor stores will be closed across the country, but many restaurants and hotels’ bars can still serve alcohol (depending on the hotel’s policy).
Can I hike in Jordan?
Yes, indeed! Jordan is one of the best places for hiking and trekking adventures. Some places are better suited to winter hiking than others, while the same is true for summer hiking. For example, the Siq trail in Wadi Mujib is open from April till October, and cannot be undertaken during the rainy winter months, as it is prone to flash flooding.
Are children under 18 years allowed to hike in Wadi Mujib?
Unfortunately, participants must be at least 18 years old to hike in Wadi Mujib.
Will my electrical appliances work in Jordan?
The voltage in Jordan is 230 V/ 50 Hz, which is the same as in Europe. There is no standard socket format; sockets vary from place to place between European and the British three-pin sockets.
You can consider taking a power adapter (travel adapter/ universal electric adapter) to stay on the safe side and keep your cell charged!
Will my cell phone/ mobile work in Jordan?
In mostly likelihood yes, but it also depends on the roaming service provided by your home network, so it is better to check with your service provider about international roaming plans before you leave.
Getting a local sim card in Jordan instead of roaming will save you a lot of money.
Can I combine my visit to Jordan with another country?
Sure you can! The best combination with Jordan will be visiting either Israel or Egypt due to the convenient distances between the three countries, and the rich history they have.
How can I travel to Israel by land from Jordan or vice versa?
Jordan & Israel share three border-crossing points; Allenby Bridge, Sheikh Hussein Bridge, or Arava border crossing. There are also regular flights between Amman and Tel Aviv airports, which are a very short flight from each other.
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Is Wi-Fi readily available in Jordan?
Wi-Fi service is available in all hotels, cafes and restaurants, but do not expect it in Wadi Rum. In order to be able to stay online, we recommend that you purchase a local sim card upon your arrival.