Jordan has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan’s location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. It tends to be dry and sunny from May to November, cool and wet from December to February. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be very hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more, especially when the Shirocco, a hot, dry southerly wind blows.
October – March: Greenwich Mean Time + 2
April – September: Greenwich Mean Time + 3
Currency, taxes, tips and fees
Jordanian currency, the Dinar, works out at around 1.00 GBP= 0.938907 JOD. This currency converter may be useful. ATMs are widely available; however they do not serve all cards. ATMs of Arab Bank and The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance accept most foreign cards (Visa, Master, Visa Electron, etc.) Most hotels above 3-star, mid to upper range restaurants and an increasing number of shops accept credit cards but it is recommended to carry some cash with you all the time to pay for taxi, bus ticket and drinks, etc. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.
Hotel tax: Most hotels above two-star include 8% government sales tax and 10% service charge in their rates, but a few quote prices without them.
Sales tax (on goods and services): 16%
Passenger airport departure fee: Exit service fee applies for land and sea border points. 10.00 JD per passenger and 5.00 JD per vehicle.
A visa is required to enter Jordan and a single entry visa valid for one month can be obtained on arrival at the airports or at the Sheikh Hussein/North border crossing. The cost of the single entry visa on arrival for UK visitors is 20JD (£17). Jordan waives visa fees for those travelling in groups of five or more who stay for over two nights and use a local tour operator or a UK company which works with a Jordanian partner on the ground. A passport valid for at least six months after the date of arrival must be provided.
Is it safe to travel to Jordan?
Our opinion is that Jordan is a relatively safe place to visit. We advise travellers to monitor local conditions by checking with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as this is good practice for any destination.
Customs and etiquette
We want you to feel confident and relaxed so you enjoy your time in Jordan to the full, so it’s worth spending a few minutes reading these Dos and Don’ts.
What should I wear?
Jordan is a primarily 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.
In Jordan the electric current is 220 volts AC, 50 hertz, requiring two-prong wall plugs.
Phoning the UK from Jordan
You can call home by dialling 00 44 followed by your local area code (minus the 0 at the start) and the phone number, e.g. 00 44 1234 567890.
Is the water safe to drink?
Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors are encouraged not to waste it. Hotels rated 3 stars and up have their own water filtering systems and their water is considered safe to drink. Elsewhere, bottled water is inexpensive and readily available. We would advise you to drink bottled water where available as a precaution.
Can visitors take medication to Jordan?
We recommend you talk with your doctor about this well before your departure date, although it should be fine to take your medication with you.
Are vaccinations required?
Routine vaccinations are required including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. We advise you to ask your doctor whether you personally require any vaccinations. Please see here for helpful information.