Jordan Travel Information
The borders of Jordan are now closed. It is not
possible to travel in or out of the country, either by
air or across borders. For more information about
coronavirus virus restrictions, see the section Health.
Threat Level: Jordan is considered a
safe destination. Authorities maintain a significant
security presence in public places. Terrorist attacks
against Western interests cannot be ruled out, but the
last five years have carried out terrorist attacks
against Jordanian police and security forces. In
2015¨C2016, dozens of officers from police, intelligence
and the army were killed in major and minor attacks. In
2016, a Canadian tourist was killed as she ended up in
the line of gunfire between police and attackers. In the
aftermath of this incident, Jordanian security services
arrested thousands of people they had supervised. Since
then, only two terrorist attacks have been seen in
Jordan, one in 2018 and one in 2019, both aimed at the
In the border areas against Syria in the northeast -
close to the temporary refugee camp Rukban which houses
about 28,000 internally displaced Syrians - attacks have
been carried out against Jordanian security forces. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages all travel to
Syria and Iraq, including areas in Jordan that are three
kilometers or closer to the border.
In June 2018, large demonstrations took place across
Jordan in protest of a bill on increased income tax and
higher electricity and gasoline taxes. The protests led
the government to step down. In 2019, the protests have
been substantially less in scope, but occur relatively
regularly and are often motivated by the
Israel/Palestine conflict or dissatisfaction with the
government's socio-economic policies. Travelers are
advised to stay away from any calls for demonstrations
and large crowds, especially on Fridays, which are
holidays in Jordan.
Crime: The level of crime in Jordan
is generally low compared to Norway, and it is felt safe
to move in the country, including in the capital Amman.
Travelers should still exercise caution and take good
care of valuables. Especially women traveling alone
should bear in mind that sexual harassment and rape
occur. When using a taxi it should be ensured that the
driver is alone in the car. Women are advised to sit in
the back seat. Homosexuality is not criminalized in
Jordan, but Norwegian travelers are noted that it is not
culturally accepted and that discrimination based on
sexual orientation occurs to a large extent.
- Countryaah: Amman is the capital
of Jordan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Natural Disasters: The Earth Valley
is part of the East African Rift Valley, a system of
cracks that occurred when the African and Arab
continental plates moved away from each other some 35
million years ago. Earthquakes occur, but are usually
small. The last earthquake that measured above 5.0 on
Richter's scale occurred in November 1995.
Travelers should be aware that during heavy rainfall,
floods and landslides can occur. Trips to valley
managers in Jordan ("wadier") should therefore be
avoided if large amounts of rain have been reported.
This includes Petra. In October 2018, more than 20
people died, most of them students on school trips, when
a bus was taken by a flood-triggered landslide at the
Dead Sea in Jordan. The number of traffic accidents also
increases significantly in rain or in frost, as the
roads can become very slippery.
Road Safety: The number of road
accidents in Jordan is high and ever increasing. The
roads in Jordan are good in the major urban centers, but
the accident figures are due to high speed and lack of
respect for the traffic rules. The use of seat belts is
also not widespread. Motorists usually do not stop for
pedestrians. The embassy therefore recommends that you
exercise caution in traffic both as a motorist and
pedestrian. It is recommended that you avoid driving
outside Amman and its surroundings after dark, as many
drivers drive without lights and few roads have street
The emergency number in Jordan (police, ambulance,
fire department) is 911.
Travel insurance: The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs encourages Norwegian citizens who plan
to visit Jordan to take out travel insurance. Before the
trip, it is important to make sure that the insurance is
valid, that it is valid for the entire stay, as well as
what the travel insurance may cover.
Contact information: The Norwegian
Embassy in Amman has telephone number +962 65 902 450
and e-mail address email@example.com. The phone is
answered during office hours, Sunday to Thursday 9am to
3pm local time.
Outside office hours, weekends and holidays, the same
telephone number is answered by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' operational center (UDops) in Oslo. The center
is staffed around the clock. Direct number for UDops is
+47 23 95 00 00.
Norwegian citizens planning to visit Jordan are
encouraged to make use of UD's travel registration.
Everyone who signs up is asked to provide contact
information to the next of kin. Norwegians who plan to
stay in Jordan for an extended period of time, for
example in connection with work or study, are also
encouraged to contact the embassy directly.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians must have a visa to stay in Jordan. A
single entry visa can be purchased for 40 Jordanian
Dinars (JOD) upon arrival at Amman and Aqaba airports
and at the border crossings, with the exception of the
King Hussein Bridge/ Allenby Bridge border crossing to
the West Bank. At the airport of Amman, the visa can be
paid by card, or ATMs are available at both Amman and
Aqaba airports. At the border crossings, it is
recommended to withdraw cash for payment of the visa in
Through the websites of Jordan's Ministry of Tourism
and Antiques, tourists can purchase the so-called
"Jordan Pass" (70-80 JOD), which provides both a
single-entry visa and free access to a number of tourist
attractions in Jordan. Travelers who purchase "Jordan
Pass" must bring this document and have it stamped upon
If you want a visa for multiple entries, you must
apply for Jordan's embassy in Oslo in advance. You
should also consider applying for a visa if you have
recently acquired Norwegian citizenship. To obtain a
visa, the passport must be valid for at least six months
after the end of your stay. The visa can be extended by
up to ten weeks by contacting the Jordanian police. A
blood test is sometimes required. When traveling across
border crossings, an exit tax of eight JOD must be paid.
This does not apply when leaving the airport.
Contact info for Jordan's Embassy in Oslo:
The Embassy Of The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan In Norway
Bestumstubben 11, 0281 Oslo
Phone: 22 06 00 47/22 50 37 39
Coronavirus (covid-19): Jordan's
borders are now closed. It is not possible to travel in
or out of the country, either by air or across borders.
The Jordanian authorities have announced a 14-day
curfew, effective from 18.03 at 08.00.
Grocery stores and pharmacies should remain open, but
moving outdoors is prohibited other than in the "most
urgent cases". It will be prohibited to gather in groups
of more than ten people and to move between different
governorates. An increased military presence is expected
in the streets.
The embassy will urge everyone to exercise caution
and to follow any local injunctions.
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health for supplementary official health advice
when traveling abroad. No vaccines are mandatory, but it
is recommended to take hepatitis A (Havrix), polio,
tetanus and typhoid. Major epidemic diseases are rare in
Jordan. Minor outbreaks of cholera occur occasionally in
Amman, especially in late summer. Malaria previously
existed in the area around the Jordan Valley, but is now
considered to be eradicated. Rabies can be found in
dogs, bats and other animals in Jordan, especially
outside the cities. It is generally not necessary to
take rabies vaccine unless you plan outdoor activities
(longer trips, camping and the like) where you can get
in contact with animals.
Medicines and pharmacy products can be purchased
locally. The access to doctors and the standard of the
hospitals in Amman are good. Hospitals and medical
services outside Amman often have lower standards. Some
hospitals require payment in cash.
Throughout, the sanitary conditions of hotels and
restaurants in Jordan are satisfactory. Tap water should
not be drunk. Check the seal on bottles.
Be prepared for hot climates in the summer months.
Use high sunscreen to protect the skin. Drink plenty of
water to avoid dehydration. In winter, minus degrees and
snow can occur.
The embassy recommends travelers always carry their
It is forbidden to photograph embassies and military
facilities in Jordan, as well as their surroundings.
Possession of any kind of drug is strictly prohibited
and will be punished.
Phone and power: Country code is
+962. There are three nationwide GSM networks, Umniah,
Zain and Orange. Like Norway, the standard for voltage
in the mains is 230 volts (50 hertz AC). Several
different types of plugs are used, so you may want to
bring an adapter.
Currency: The currency
unit is Jordanian dinars and fils. A Jordanian dinar
(JOD) = 1000 fils. The exchange rate is linked to the US
dollar (USD) with the ratio of 1 JOD = USD 1,4104.
Banks: ATMs are easily accessible
both in the capital Amman and most places where tourists
travel. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in major
cities and tourist locations, and can also be used for
withdrawing local currency from an ATM. Please note that
credit cards are usually checked by phone. If no
connection is made to the terminal, cash must be used.
Travelers should therefore always have cash in reserve.
Language: Arabic is the official
language, but many speak English. Outside the tourist
areas, English is less prevalent. Jordanians are
generally very hospitable and nice to foreigners.
Clothing: On the street and other
public places it is recommended to dress in a way that
covers shoulders, knees and navel. This is especially
true during Ramadan.
Transportation: You need an
international driver's license to drive a car in Jordan.
Public transport varies both in terms of standard and
punctuality. In Amman it is easy and cheap to take a
taxi, and the law requires the driver to use a
taximeter. Taxi can also be booked through the Uber and
Careem mobile applications. For domestic transport you
can rent a car with/ without a driver. Some routes also
have good bus connections, such as Amman-Aqaba and
National holidays: 1 January, 1 May
and 25 May (National Day). In addition, Muslim holidays
that follow the lunar calendar come and each year
approx. eleven days. This includes Muslim New Year,
Ashura, Maulid al-Nabi, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr and
al-Isra wa al-Mi'raj. Please note that during Ramadan
there are limited opening hours.
Ordinary work week for Jordanians is 8 am to 3 pm
Sunday to Thursday. Banks are usually open from 08:30 to
15:00, but are closed on Friday and Saturday. Many shops
are closed on Fridays. Some shops are also closed on