VISAS

A Jordan visa is required by all visitors to Jordan. For the majority of nationalities (including UK, EU, Aus, NZ, RSA, Can, USA, India, China, Brazil) these are issued at land and sea borders and airports upon arrival.

Note: Please check with your local embassy whether you need to obtain a visa prior to entry into Jordan or whether you can obtain a visa upon entry. Please note that visa requirements are subject to change.

Visas issued at Amman International Airport, cost JD40 (approx. USD$57 or Euro €42) for single entry. (Visas for multiple entries need to be obtained prior to arrival at a local embassy or consulate).

If you plan to visit Egypt or Israel and then re-enter Jordan you will need to purchase a double visa upon arrival in Jordan at a cost of JD60 (approx. USD$85 or Euro €67) Obtaining your visa is solely the responsibility of the traveller and not of S A S Travel Ltd.

Departure tax

If departing via Queen Alia International Airport there is no departure tax as this will have been included in the cost of your departing flight ticket. If departing Jordan via land or sea, a 8JD departure tax must be paid at the point of exit.

The best time to visit Jordan

You can visit Jordan all year round but the climate varies throughout the year. Summers are long, hot and dry and winters short and cool though because of the country’s variety of altitudes, Jordan has climates to match.

Amman and the central mountainous parts of the country (including Petra) enjoys glorious temperatures during the summer months with pleasantly cool evenings but can experience cold temperatures, even snow, in the winter months (December to March).

The Jordan Valley (Dead Sea) and Gulf of Aqaba have hot humid summers and warm mild winters.

Wadi Rum and the desert are mainly hot with no humidity during the day most of the year but can be cooler in the winter. It always feels chilly overnight.

Health Requirements

Vaccination requirements can change so please check with your local health care provider before travel.

Currency

All major currencies including Pounds Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are easily exchanged in Jordan. You can obtain Jordanian Dinar (JD) at any major bank or your hotel.
Example rates: USD 1 = 0.7JD / GBP 1 = 0.95JD / EURO 1 = 0.8JD / AUD 1 = 0.54JD
Exchange rates are subject to fluctuations.
Funds collected in Jordan for entrance fees or optional excursion that you may wish to undertake are payable in local currency (JD).

Time Zone

October-March: Greenwich Mean Time + 2 hours

April-September: Greenwich Mean Time + 3 hours

Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time

Voltage

The voltage in Jordan is 220 Volts. Sockets are of the European, 2 pronged variety (Some hotels also have 3 point UK sockets but this cannot be guaranteed). If taking a hairdryer or camcorder, be sure to pack a power adaptor.

Water

Water is a precious commodity in Jordan and visitors are encouraged not to waste it. We recommend drinking bottled water which is inexpensive and readily available.

Credit Card

Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops. Please be aware that smaller shops prefer cash payment in Jordanian dinars and this is essential in local souks.

Jordanian Food

Jordanian food is very good, combining many of the best traditions of Middle Eastern cooking. For a taste of many dishes try the Meze or look for kebabs or mixed grills. If on the menu please try Mensaf (the national dish) which consists of lamb served on a bed of rice and pine nuts, in a tangy yogurt sauce). There are many delicious dishes to try and if you are a vegetarian be assured that there are a wide variety of excellent vegetarian dishes on every menu. Taste the many very fine desserts and seasonal fresh figs and apricots are a real treat. Arabic coffee, mint tea and fruit drinks are available everywhere.

Shopping

Jordan offers a range of quality souvenirs. Including rugs, inlaid tables pottery, paintings, jewellery, embroidery and woven items produced by local Jordanian women under the auspices of the Jordan River Foundation. Dead Sea products of all guises, olive oil and soaps, sweetmeats and olive wood objects are also uniquely Jordanian souvenirs.

Tipping

Tipping is an entirely personal gesture but it is customary in Jordan to reward service especially for bellboys, luggage handlers, your driver & local guides.

Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, alcohol is not sold, except to non-Muslims in larger hotels. Smoking, eating and drinking in public is prohibited during the hours of daylight. As a sign of respect, visitors are kindly requested to refrain from these activities in public during fasting hours. During Ramadan, many stores, banks and offices open late (9.00am) and close early (14,00). Also many shops open in the evening until late when fasting is over.
Tentative dates for the coming years are:

  • 2018 - May 15th – June 14th
  • 2019 - May 5th - June 4th
Attire

Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Muslim women’s clothing often covers their arms, legs and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (downtown), and outside the cities. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area. Topless sunbathing is prohibited and one-piece swimsuits are preferred, although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable at hotel pools

Essential Packing Summary
  • Camping at Wadi Rum - All bedding is provided at the Campsites used. You can bring your own Sleep sheet or sleeping bag if you wish. You will also need to pack Insect repellent and a torch/headlamp would be very useful.
  • If visiting in winter, pack warm clothes and an umbrella.
  • If summer bring lightweight clothing, sunscreen & a hat.
  • 2 pin (European) and 3 pin (UK) electrical adaptors as the sockets vary from one hotel to another.
  • Tour voucher and a copy of your travel insurance
  • Proper walking shoes (joggers/ trainers) for all walking at all sites
Arrival Transfer

If you are arriving at Queen Alia International airport, you will pass through immigration, baggage claim and customs. As you exit customs into the public arrivals hall, please be on the lookout for our representative, who will be holding an S A S Travel Ltd logo signboard. Our representative will introduce you to our driver, who will transfer you to your hotel.

If arriving at a land crossing you will be met by our representative, who will be holding an S A S Travel Ltd logo signboard.

lf for any reason you have trouble locating our representative or your flight to Jordan is delayed, please call or send a text message to emergency contact number as stated on your tour voucher.

If you are being met at your hotel, our representative will let you know he is there and meet you in the lobby and holding an S A S Travel Ltd logo signboard