JORDAN TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the "Rose City."

 

Jordan is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries in the world. In the Middle East, which has a reputation for being exceptionally male-oriented, Jordan comes across as a cool breath of equality. Famous for its pink Petra caves, glimpses of ancient Greek, Roman temples, amphitheatres and gateways and samples of Christian civilisation. Jordan isn’t quite swamped by tourists though. The tensions of the region are to blame for that, but don’t get taken in by incomplete information – Jordan is a safe place, as safe as any place around the world.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Jordan reopened its international airport to scheduled flights on September 10.All arriving travelers aged 5 or older must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued a maximum of 5 days before arrival. Those without a medical certificate will be subject to medical screening. Travelers will also be re-tested on arrival, and will need to pre-pay the cost of 40JD (approximately $56) online in advance of their flight. Foreign/non-resident travelers must also have a full medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay. All travelers must complete an electronic application form 24 hours before departure at visitjordan.gov.jo. They will receive a confirmation code via email. They will also need to install the "Aman" app for contact tracing while in Jordan. Airline crew are subject to quarantine until their next flight.Strict quarantine rules are in place depending on the country of origin. The list of affected countries and regions is reviewed every 14 days.Travelers who have been in, or transited through, a green classified country or region must have a PCR test taken within 5 days prior to departure, and bring the results of the test with them to Jordan. Travelers will take a second PCR test in Jordanian airports and will wait in designated areas at the airport until test results are available. If the test result is negative and the traveler has not been in contact with an individual who has tested positive inside the aircraft, the traveler will be directed to passport control and will be free to enter the country. In case of a positive result; travelers will be treated according to health protocols outlined by the Ministry of Health and will be transported to one of the approved hospitals for treatment. If the individual is non-Jordanian, they will bear their treatment expenses; however, all passengers are required to carry private international health insurance policies.Arriving passengers who have been in contact with a positive case inside the aircraft, and who are classified as “people in contact” can either return on board the same aircraft, if possible, or quarantine themselves at their accommodation for 7 days. Another PCR test will be taken on the 6th day of their arrival; if the test result is negative, the quarantine ends after 7 days.Travelers who have been in, or transited through, a yellow classified country or region must have a PCR test taken within 5 days prior to departure and bring the results of the test with them to Jordan. Travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be subject to a 7-day institutional quarantine at a hotel. All arriving travelers are tested twice; on the 1st day (arrival day) and the 7th day of quarantine. If the PCR test result is negative on the 7th day, the traveler can leave on the 8th day. This must be followed by a 7-day home quarantine.Travelers who have been, in or have transited through, a red classified country or region must have a PCR test taken within 5 days prior to departure and bring the results of the test with them to Jordan. Travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be subject to a 7-day institutional quarantine at a hotel. All arriving travelers are tested twice; on the 1st day (arrival day) and the 7th day of quarantine. If the PCR test result is negative on the 7th day, the traveler can leave on the 8th day. This must be followed by a 7-day home quarantine and they will be monitored via electronic bracelet. Travelers who arrive without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, are subject to a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine.

 

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  • Capital: Amman
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
  • Area: 92,300 km²
  • Population: 9,956 million (2018)
  • Language: Arabic, (English widely understood among upper and middle classes)
  • Religion: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, other 2%
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (Continental round pin & UK plugs)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 30 January, Birthday of H.M. King Abdullah
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 25 May, Independence Day
  • 9 June, Accession of H.M. King Abdullah
  • 10 June, Army Day
  • 14 November, King Hussein Remembrance Day

Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Islamic holidays and festivals.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Jordan's climate ranges between a more Mediterranean climate to a desert climate, but the land is generally very arid. Winter temperatures in the southern and northern highlands range between 9-13°C, while the deserts regions range from 19-22°C. In the Jordanian Valley, summer temperatures range between 38-39°C, while in the desert regions, they vary between 26-29°C. About 75% of precipitation falls during the winter. Jordan's climate is influenced by the Dry Sirocco (Khamsin) winds, which can lead to large temperature anomalies, with increases of up to 15°C. The Shammal Winds are also an influencing factor, blowing from the north and northeast and causing high daytime temperatures.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Jordan varies by region. In the north, March and April are best, while in the south, February and March are the most pleasant months.

BEACH:

The best time to enjoy the beaches of Jordan is from May to October. Some of the best beaches are: Amman Beach, Coral Beach, South Beach, Wadi Mujib, Berenice Beach.

WIND:

For all the wind seekers, Aqaba is a great kiteboarding destination in Jordan! The main windy season is from April to October, although there is wind all year round. The water is choppy with small swells depending on the wind strength.

 
 

HEALTH

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