Jordan

Country Information

Jordan has a rich history as it has been invaded and reformed by the Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Ottoman Turkey in the course of history. Even today prints of this history are evident on the modern city of Jordan. The monuments stand tall and in preserved ruins, like the lost city of Petra to bear witness to this rich history. And religion is a huge part of this heritage. Many important biblical sites are here, to walk through the pilgrims mentioned in the old Testament or to gaze on the promised land revealed to Moses.

Despite its readiness to embrace modernity, it preserves the culture that attest to  it being central to the middle east. Jordan is very culturally conservative country. It is liberal among its neighbors though special attention should be paid to dress according to the occasion and place of visit. Homosexuality is not illegal in Jordan but public display of affection are off-limit. Adultery is a criminal offense. Jordan is known world-over for its high quality hospitals, for its liberal environment, the beautiful scenery and momentous relics.

Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Jordon taught in all the schools. The natives speak in one of the many non-standard Arabic dialects. English is unofficially widely used and is the de facto language of commerce and banking. Almost all the universities classes are taught in English along with many of the public schools. Some of the other popular languages include  Chechen, Circassian, Armenian, Tagalog, and Russian. French and German is being used increasingly by the elite.

AIRPORTS IN JORDAN
Air Transport

Besides Royal Jordanian, more than 20 international air carriers fly into Queen Alia International Airport, located 35km south of Amman. The flying time from the major European cities is about four hours. The easiest way to get to downtown Amman from Airport is by taxi; the Journey takes 30-45 minutes, and the fare is about 15 JDs (equivalent to around $22). However, shuttle buses to the city centre bus station are also available, leaving the Airport every half-hour.
Airports
Queen Alia International Airport

Conveniently located within 50 minutes of Amman’s downtown, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is considered to be the main airport in Jordan and is serviced by many global airline carriers.

Taxis are readily available outside the terminals. Shuttle buses also link QAIA with Amman’s South terminal (and back) every half-hour between 06.00 and 16:30, every hour between 17:00- 00.00, and every hour between 00:00 – 03:00am only Airport – Amman. The cost of the ticket is JOD3.00.

Tel: 06 4010250
Amman Civil Airport

Also located in Amman, Amman Civil Airport mainly serves as a regional airport servicing domestic and nearby international routes. Home to airlines such as Royal Wings, Jordan Aviation, and Arab Wings, Amman Civil Airport is operational 24 hours a day.

Tel: 06 4891401

Fax: 06 4891653
King Hussein International Airport

As Jordan’s gateway to the Red Sea region of Aqaba, King Hussein International Airport (KHIA) is approximately a 45-minute flight from either of Amman’s airports. Serviced by national and international carriers, KHIA is quickly growing to be a regional hub for both the holiday and business traveller alike.

Tel: 03 2012111

Fax: 03 2012397

BORDER CROSSINGS
Visitors with a valid passport may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy, consulate, or legation abroad. You can also obtain a visa upon arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport or at any other border crossing (except the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge) and the ferryboat from Egypt). Visa fees are 40 JDs ($56) for single entry valid for one month but easily extended at the nearest police station, or 120 JDs ($170) for multiple entries, valid for six months and non-extendable, to be paid in local currency. Few formalities need to be observed when departing Jordan: A departure tax of 8 JDs ($13) is paid at any border crossings except the airports.

Syria:

Coming to Jordan by road from Syria, you can cross into Jaber or Ramtha.
Jaber is 80km away from Amman and is most commonly used by visitors, while Ramtha is 90km away and is mainly for cargo. Both borders are open 24/7 throughout the year.

Israel:

There are three border crossings between Jordan and Israel.

The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, 57km away from Amman, is located in the southern Jordan Valley and is open Sun–Thurs 07:30hrs – 22:00hrs, and Fri-Sat 07:30hrs – 13:00hrs.

PLEASE NOTE:
Prior visas must be arranged and cannot be obtained at the border. Private cars and tour buses cannot cross – travellers must change vehicles upon crossing or use the other two border crossings.

Sheikh Hussein crossing /North Border is 90km away from Amman. It is located in the north, close to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), these are open Sunday – Thursday: 08:00hrs – 18:00hrs and Friday: 8:00 – 18:00hrs, Saturday: 08:30hrs – 18:00hrs.
At this crossing, visas for most nationalities can be obtained at the border; prior permits are not needed except for restricted nationalities

Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border, located in the south, 324km away from Amman, connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba. These are open Sun–Thurs 06:30hrs – 20:00hrs and Fri – Sat 0800hrs – 20:00hrs.

Kindly note that starting 1st of January 2016, entry visas will no longer be issued at the Wadi Araba Border Crossing. The only exceptions are Israeli tour groups and others carrying proper entry documentation entering Jordan for tourism purposes. Moreover, Israeli tourists and those carrying proper entry documents, who have bought the 90JOD entrance ticket to the Petra Archeological Site, will be exempt from the obligatory 24 hour stay in Jordan under the conditions that:

  1. They should submit manifest lists and travel documents pertaining to the tour group to the Tourism and Marketing Directorate of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority at a minimum of 24 hour prior to the group’s arrival to the country, so that visas and clearances can be issued smoothly in accordance with laws and procedures.
  2. Local tour operators should submit necessary insurances that guarantees that all members of the touristic group will leave through the Wadi Araba Border Crossing and not through any order point of departure.
  3. All member of the original submitted manifest are present upon departure; permissions for departure will not be granted to groups in which members included on the original manifest are not present.
  4. No visa will be issued for any other nationality through the Wadi Araba Crossing and entrance will only be granted to those who have obtained an entry visa to Jordan through Jordanian Embassies abroad prior to their arrival at the border crossing.

Wadi Araba Crossing closes on Islamic New Year day and Yom Kippur.

PLEASE NOTE:
These hours and regulations are all subject to change. For up-to-date details and information on which nationalities cannot obtain visas, contact a travel agent in Jordan.


Iraq:

Visitors can travel to Jordan by road from Iraq through Al-Karamah Border Crossing, which is 331km away from Amman and is open 24/7 throughout the year.

Saudi Arabia:

There are three border crossings with Saudi Arabia from the east:

  • Umari Border Crossing: 155km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.
  • Mudawara Border Crossing: 322km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.
  • Durra Border Crossing: It is to the south , 349km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.

PORTS

The Port of Aqaba is situated in southern Jordan on the north shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. It can accommodate ships handling a wide variety of cargos, including dry bulk vessels of 75,000 DWT, and container vessels of Panamax size. The port also has a separate passenger terminal, which services cruise and passenger ships. The Aqaba port has the capacity to handle up to 23 ships of different sizes and types, in addition to 8 ships in anchorage.

The major shipping lines that use the Aqaba Port are Maersk- Sealand, PIL, M,SC, Evergreen, P&O Nedloyd, HUAL, COSCO, UASC, SETH, NYK, APL, CMA, Gearbulk, Messina, Wan Hai Line and Wallinus.

The shipping agents that deal with cruise liners include: Amin Kawar & Sons, AB Maritime & Gharghour.

Visa Requirements

Single Entry visas valid for one month: 40 JOD (approximately 56 USD)
Double Entry visas valid for three months: 60 JOD (approximately 85 USD)
Multiple Entry visas valid for six months: 120 JOD (approximately 170 USD)

 

The Jordanian Government has waived visa fees for all non-restricted nationalities coming through Jordanian tour operators whether travelling individually or in groups. The visa fee is waived on the condition that the traveler/travelers spend a minimum of two consecutive nights in Jordan.

 

Certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained prior to travel. Please select from the drop-down list below to see which nationalities require visa clearance. The below list is meant solely as a useful tool and the data within it is 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.

 

Exit service fee applies for land and sea border points. 10.00 JD per passenger and 5.00 JD per vehicle.

Starting 1st of January 2016, entry visas will no longer be issued at the Wadi Araba Border Crossing. The only exceptions are Israeli tour groups and others carrying proper entry documentation entering Jordan for tourism purposes. Moreover, Israeli tourists and those carrying proper entry documents who have bought the 90 JOD entrance ticket to the Petra Archeological Site, will be exempted from the obligatory 24 hour stay in Jordan under the following conditions:

1- Local tour operators should submit manifest lists and travel documents of the touristic group to the Tourism and Marketing Directorate of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority at a minimum of 48 hour prior to the group’s arrival to the country, so that visas and clearances can be issued smoothly in accordance with laws and procedures of ASEZA.

2- Local tour operators should submit necessary guarantees that all members of the touristic group will leave together as one group through the Wadi Araba Border Crossing and not through any other point of departure.

3- All members of the touristic group included in the original submitted manifest should be present upon departure; permissions for departure will not be granted to groups in which members included in the original manifest are not present.

4- No entry visa will be issued for any other nationality through the Wadi Araba Crossing and entrance will only be granted to those who have obtained an entry visa to Jordan through Jordanian embassies abroad prior to their arrival at the border crossing.

** Citizens of the following countries are exempted from paying for their visa fees: Algeria, Morocco (If younger than 18 and older than 35 years old), Sudan, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, KSA, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Japan, Yemen, Turkey and UN.

Africa

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Algeria , Cape Verde , Egypt , Tunisia (age 18-35) , Lesotho , Libya , Morocco (age 18-35) , Malawi , Mauritius ,Rwanda , São Tomé and Príncipe , Seychelles , South Africa , Tunis.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Angola , Benin , Botswana , Burkina Faso , Burundi , Cameroon , Central African Republic , Chad , Comoros Islands , Eswatini , Congo Brazzaville ,Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) , Djibouti , Equatorial Guinea , Eritrea , Ethiopia , Gabon , Gambia , Ghana , Guinea , Guinea -Bissau , Kenya , Lagos , Liberia , Madagascar , Mali , Mauritania , Mozambique , Namibia , Niger , Nigeria ,Senegal , Sierra Leone , Somalia , Sudan , South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania , Togo , Uganda , Zambia , Zimbabwe.

Asia

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Armenia , Azerbaijan , Bahrain , Bhutan , Brunei , Burma , China , Egypt , Taiwan , Georgia , Hong Kong , India , Indonesia , Israel , Japan ,  Kazakhstan , Kuwait , Lebanon , Macau , Malaysia , Maldives , North Korea , Palestine/ PNA Passport Holders , People’s republic of China ,  Qatar , Russia ,  Saudi Arabia , Singapore , South Korea , Syria,  Tajikistan , Thailand , Turkmenistan , Turkey , United Arab Emirates , Uzbekistan , Yemen.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Afghanistan , Bangladesh , Cambodia , Iran , Iraq , Laos , Mongolia , Nepal , Pakistan , Papua New Guinea , Philippines , Sri Lanka , Vietnam.

 

Europe

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Andorra , Austria , Azerbaijan , Belarus , Belgium , Bosnia &Herzegovina , Britain , Bulgaria , Croatia , Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark , Kazakhstan , Estonia , Finland , France , Georgia , Germany , Greece , Holland , Hungary , Iceland , Ireland , Italy , Kosovo , Latvia , Liechtenstein , Luxembourg , Macedonia , Malta , Monaco , Norway , Poland , Portugal , Russia , Romania , San Marino , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , Turkey , Ukraine , Vatican , Serbia , Slovakia , Slovenia , Yugoslavia.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Albania , Moldova.

 

North America

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Canada , Mexico , United States of America , Antigua and Barbuda , Bahamas , Barbados , Costa Rica , Dominica , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Guatemala , Haiti , Honduras , Jamaica , Nicaragua , Panama , El Salvador , Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Belize , Cuba.

Ocean Asia

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Federated States of Micronesia , Fiji , Marshall Islands , New Zealand , Samoa , Solomon Islands , Tonga, Tuvalu , Vanuatu.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Papua New Guinea.

Australia

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Australia.

South America

Visa can be obtained upon arrival:
Argentina , Bolivia , Brazil , Chile , Ecuador , Guyana , Paraguay , Peru , Suriname , Uruguay , Trinidad and Tobago , Venezuela.

Visa must be obtained prior to arrival:
Colombia.

Islam (Sunni) make the majority of religion in Jordon with a total of 92% population practicing Islam and 93% of those self-identify as Sunni Muslim. Many Shia are refugees from Iraq and Lebanon. People who convert to Islam from other religion are socially discriminated.

Jordon has Christian communities dating as far back 1st Century AD after the crucifixion of Christ. Christian make up only 4% of the total population due to their immigration to the west over the last few decades.

Jordon has a very varied climate conditions. The more inland one goes from the Mediterranean the more contrasting weather conditions and seasons are found. The highlands and the mountains are dominated by the Mediterranean climatic conditions. Arid desert covers the eastern and northeastern part of the country. The heat in these areas is overcome by low humidity and  day breezes which help being down the temperature. While the summers are dry and hot, winters has frequent showers and some western elevated area also see some snowfall.

Western Fashion has a great influence in Jordon, especially on the women. Due to the liberal nature of the society western style has been allowed to steep into the culture. However, places of religion demand strict adherence to conservative clothing.

Hot Line for complaints medical services +962 6 5004545

Jordan Ministry of health announced new hotlines to connect citizens and visitors with any of its medical services, the Ministry of Health’s hotline (+962 6 5004545), reported the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Wednesday.

The hotlines, which are available around the clock, are a part of the “We work for you, our goal is to serve you” campaign, which was announced on the ministry’s Facebook and Twitter pages, said ministry spokesperson, Hatem Azrui.

The hotlines aim to give citizens and visitors the chance to directly communicate their complaints and suggestions to management. Azrui pointed out that the hospital, which was inaugurated in 1954 and is considered one of the ministry’s largest hospitals in the Kingdom, has 1,110 beds, employs 3,125 people and received 584,000 patients through its emergency department, and 560,000 patients through the outpatient clinics in 2017

Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.