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Your Jordan Travel Guide

Quick Facts

The Formalities:

To enter Jordan, a passport with a validity of at least six months and a visa are required for entry into Jordan. Most visitors requires a visa, however some can get a visa on arrival, while others must prearrange their visa before entering Jordan.

 

If you are from one of these countries, you can obtain a visa on arrival when you enter the airport.

  • Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Kuwait

  • Palestine

  • Turkey

  • Qatar

  • United Arab Emirates

  • Oman

  • Bahrain

  • Lebanon

  • European Countries: All European countries except Albania and Moldova are eligible to get a visa to Jordan on arrival

  • North American Countries: All North American countries except Belize and Cuba are eligible to get a visa to Jordan on arrival

  • South American Countries: All South American countries except Columbia are eligible to get a visa to Jordan on arrival

Visa on Arrival:

Getting a visa on arrival is a quick and easy process. You can obtain a visa on arrival at any of the airports.

40JOD for single entry

60JOD for double entry

120JOD for multiple entry for 5 years

 

You can also get a digital "evisa" before arrival to make entry even easier and faster. To apply, visit Jordan’s evisa site

 

Pro-tip:

You can get your single entry visa fee waived by ordering the Jordan Pass. The Jordan Pass gives you entry into Jordan, and entry into multiple tourist sites including Petra. Simply order online, print, and show it at the airport.

 

With visas on arrival, visitors can stay up to 30 days. To stay longer you must register at the police station. 

Transportation

The best way to get to Jordan is by flying into one of the major airports. You can fly into Queen Alia Airport or King Hussein Airport. You can also cross the border between Palestine and Jordan by land. 

To get around Jordan, and specifically to get to Wadi Rum, you can rent a car, or use a trusted driver. Our camp team can provide you with the information for our driver to get you wherever you need to go.

Dress Code & Culture

If you're wondering what to wear in Jordan, it's important to remember Jordan is a majority Muslim country, so being respectful with your clothing is highly appreciated. In Islam, there is a dress code for both men in and women. Both must cover their “awrah” (nakedness). However, Jordan is still a tolerant country, especially in high tourist areas.

 

For men it’s best to wear modest clothes, nothing too short or too tight (opt for trousers instead of shorts, and cover the shoulders) and for women the same. Covering shoulders, cleavage, and wearing longer skirts and dresses is advised. If visiting the Dead Sea or Red Sea, consider more modest swimwear.

You'd be surprised to find these sorts of clothes are actually great for the hot climate, and offer sun protection which is essential in the Middle East.

When visiting mosques, women should cover everything except hands, face and feet, and men should wear loose fitting clothes that cover the arms and legs as well. Women must wear a headscarf in mosques. If it’s not a well known tourist destination, ask before entering the mosque if you’d like to look around. Mosques open for tourists will generally offer clothes and head scarves for you to wear as well.

Avoid photographing locals, especially women, without asking permission first. 

If visiting during the month of Ramadan, avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in public out of respect. In more populated areas used to seeing tourists, it’s okay and people will understand. You'll even find plenty of restaurants open for you to eat. However, it’s still nice to respect the holy month, and those who are fasting during the day.

 

Displays of public affection are discouraged, though hand holding is generally acceptable.
 
Eating with the right hand is encouraged, as the left hand is considered unclean.

You'll be hard pressed to find alcohol, though it is available. 

Common Arabic Phrases

Hello
Salam/Marhaba/a’ssalamou a’leykoum (usually said amongst Muslims. Formal)

Thank You
Shukran

Goodbye
Ma’assalama – Bye

My name is…
Ismi…

How are you?
Keef halak? (m) Keef halik? (f)

Yes/No
Na’am – Aaywa/La’a

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon, or Mars on Earth, is rich with Bedouin culture and ancient history. Travelers from all over the world come to experience it’s welcoming culture, rugged landscape, and expansive panoramic desert views. It’s a protected area meaning hunting, collecting plants, damaging rocks, and littering are forbidden. 

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What to pack for Wadi Rum?

The weather in Wadi Rum is always a pleasant surprise. Depending on your time of arrival, expect hot days and cold nights, and pack accordingly. The temperature drops immediately after sunset. This means light airy clothes for the day time, and a jacket for the evenings and night time. If doing a sunset tour be sure to bring a light jacket along with you. The desert sun may be more direct than you’re accustomed to, so a sun hat, and sun protection are essential.

Getting to and Around Wadi Rum

Getting to Wadi Rum is the first part of the adventure. There are multiple ways to do so. You can fly into one of the airports and drive to Wadi Rum. If you want to leave the work to someone else, you can hire a driver. At our camp we have a dedicated driver who can bring you to us. If you’re driving, you don’t need a special car to get here. The desert has paved roads. Our camp also has a dedicated parking lot for you. From there we can transfer you deeper into the desert to your camp by 4x4

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