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The Middle East, Africa and Asia intertwine in this small kingdom of Biblical sites, Lawrence of Arabia, and the first century BC Arab capital of Petra. SCUBA dive the Red Sea, an extension of Africa's Great Rift Valley, or leave the hustle of Amman behind for a starry night with the desert Bedouin.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Jordan? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Amman
Population:  7.595 million
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
Languages: Arabic
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: EET (UTC +2)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Jordan, which will be issued upon arrival. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements to enter Jordan. See your doctor about possible typhoid medication. Take along bug repellant as mosquitoes are prevalent, but do not transmit malaria.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

In Jordan, the months of May and October are the most pleasant, with temperatures ranging in the 70’s and 80’s during the day and from the mid 50’s through the 60’s at night. During the rest of the year, the temperatures vary from a daytime high in the 40’s through the 60’s to lows at night from the 30’s through the 50’s. Typically, some rain can fall during the December through February period, while May through October is virtually rain free. The contrast between night and day is dramatic, so take a sweater for chilly nights, even in summer.

Tipping

A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel and restaurant bills; if service is very special, tip an extra amount. Tip 8% to taxi drivers and porters.

Money

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

In Jordan, shop for pottery, bronze, baskets, wood inlay, straw goods, embroidery, glass, leather, Madaba rugs, spices, and etchings. Bargain only in markets, not in fine shops. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C, D, E, F, G, & J. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Tours & Packages to Jordan

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Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise
Timeless Cairo & the Pyramids, plus a Nile cruise through the temples & history of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan; optional extension to Petra
10 days  •  from $2599 $2399
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Discover Israel New
Tel Aviv and the ancient Jaffa seaport, Galilee, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Masada, ancient and modern Jerusalem; Optional extension: Eilat & Petra
10 days  •  from $3199 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates group tour + flights

Rave Reviews

I've been fortunate to travel far and wide, but this trip was truly the experience of a lifetime! Great guides, knowledgeable, and VERY helpful. If you're considering this trip, DON'T MISS Abu Simbel! And Taybet Zaman in Petra—my favorite hotel! It's like a time capsule. Great job, Friendly Planet. You made my dream-trip come true!

J. Belli, Aubrey, TX
Pyramids & Nile Cruise plus Petra

My husband & I just returned from the Pyramids & Petra tour. Words won't do it justice, but I'll give it a shot: The price—amazing! The guides—educated, accommodating, and excessively pleasant! The hotels—fantastic! The optional tours—A MUST! They were the best part of the whole trip, and a fantastic deal! The food—5 star! The touring coach—brand new, air-conditioned, & comfy! We were so thrilled with our experience with Friendly Planet, and all of their contractors, that we are already trying to decide which trip to take next! Thanks for providing such a top-notch experience with amazing people at such a fantastic price! We'll be repeat clients!

Amanda Poland, Front Royal, VA
Pyramids & Petra