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Jordan

If you’re travelling to Jordan, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA. Our current advice for travel to these countries is ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Our general advice for any other overseas travel remains ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘do not travel’.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.

In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Further information about current requirements for entry to Ireland is available on the Irish Government website and the HSE website.

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas, other than to countries that are part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, where the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution. Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly around the world. Citizens who are considering any overseas travel are advised to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in their destination.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time. Any Irish citizen considering any overseas travel should monitor news and information from the public authorities in their country or region of destination. Citizens are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc.

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Where to go for further travel information:

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

Security 

Any Irish citizens already in Jordan are strongly advised against all travel to the vicinity of the borders with Syria and Iraq; the northern and eastern borders respectively.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Jordan.

The Jordanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities. (Ministry of Health Facebook account is a good source of information www.facebook.com/mohgovjordan/).

Weekend-long lockdowns will be held over every weekend (starting on Friday 9th October – Saturday 10th October) until the Government of Jordan announces otherwise. During weekend lockdown, you will not be permitted to exit your place of residence, except in cases of emergency.

Defence Law is in use in Jordan since March 2020. Defence law gives the Government extraordinary powers to implement measures to protect the security of the Kingdom. Irish citizens in Jordan should exercise a high degree of caution and follow the instructions of the security authorities. Current curfew hours are between 12am and 6am (curfew hours change regularly). If a spike in COVID-19 cases were to occur over the coming weeks, the Government may quickly and without notice reintroduce comprehensive curfews. 

Queen Alia International Airport reopened on September 8th. There are currently only a limited number of flights operating into and out of Jordan each day. Ireland has been designated as red by the Jordanian authorities, which means that:

  • Travellers will have to complete an online self-declaration form available on the Visit Jordan website before travelling.
  • Proof of negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure from Ireland must be provided. Proof to be uploaded to the Visit Jordan  website.
  • Once registration on the Visit Jordan website has been completed, and if traveller meets all requirements, he/she will be issued with a QR code, which will be needed on arrival in Amman.
  • Travellers will also have to take a PCR test on arrival.
  • Travellers testing positive on arrival are required to quarantine in a Government hospital treatment facility
  • Travellers testing negative will have to quarantine in their place of residence for 14 days

Travel through Istanbul Airport should be avoided if possible, as there are reports of passengers not being permitted to travel onwards to Jordan. Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian appear to be the most reliable airlines for travel to Jordan.

Over recent months, the Government of Jordan has taken significant steps to control the COVID-19 pandemic, and these might continue to affect international travel. Travellers should continue to check the status of their flights up until the time of departure, in case there are further flight cancellations, or in case of the sudden closure of Queen Alia International Airport.

Citizens should be careful when purchasing street food from small cafés and vendors, as food may not have been properly refrigerated during the extreme weather in August and September. Several incidents of mass food poisoning have occurred over the last number of weeks, mainly relating to poultry.

For citizens displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, they should call

Hotline (Ask about Corona) 111, the Government helpline.

The phone number for the Ministry of health is: 00962-65004545/00962-778410186

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Facebook for MoH: https//: www.facebook.com/mohgovjordan/ 

WHO international website: https://www.who.int/countries/jor/en/

 

Emergency assistance

There is an Irish Embassy in Amman, currently located at the 7th circle. During working hours, the Embassy can be contacted by phoning +962 6 550 3234, or via email. Outside of normal working hours and in the case of an emergency, please call +962 799732370.

 

Our tips for safe travels

  • Caution about road travel and the risks of a road travel accident
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Unrest

Regional developments have the potential to trigger popular unrest in Jordan, although the country hasn’t seen unrest on the scale of that elsewhere in the region.

Travel to the border regions with Iraq and Syria should be avoided given the continued threat of cross-border violence, including the risk of terrorist attacks. The security situation in Syria continues to evolve and security threats in the form of instability or terrorist activity could arise with little or no notice.

Demonstrations regularly occur over the weekends in Amman, particularly on Thursday evenings, near the Prime Ministry at the 4th Circle. Similar demonstrations also occur in other towns or cities. Political demonstrations and gatherings, which can arise at short notice, should be avoided. These often occur in the downtown area of Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers. Follow the advice of local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

Avoid travel to refugee camps in Jordan. These are managed by the Government of Jordan. You must receive the Government of Jordan’s approval for any travel into refugee camps.

Terrorism

There is a heightened risk of terrorism in Jordan and visitors need to be aware of the risk of a terror attack. Enhanced security measures are in place across Jordan, most visibly at hotels and shopping malls. Targets could include places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls and tourist sites. Other areas include government buildings and places of worship. You should take extra care, and in the event of an incident, follow the advice of the Jordanian authorities.

If you need the emergency help, contact the Irish Embassy in Amman. Emergency services can be reached by calling 911.

Crime

Most visits to Jordan are crime free but you should take all normal precautions while travelling:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together – leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as on public transport or in crowded downtown areas.

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse. Women should:

  • Dress conservatively
  • Travel in groups
  • Avoid travel, in particular while alone, during the dark
  • Sit in the back seats of taxis.

Reporting Crime

If you’re a victim of crime while in Jordan, report it to the local police immediately. Contact the Irish Embassy in Amman if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Jordan, you should be extremely careful as there are a high number of road accidents and road conditions outside of Amman can be poor. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
  • Be aware all cars must carry a fire extinguisher and warning triangle.

When taking a taxi, ask your hotel to recommend a reliable taxi company or driver. Women should not take yellow taxis (street taxis) on their own. If a woman has to take a taxi on her own, she should sit in the back seat. Uber and Careem are widely used in Amman and are generally good options for taxi travel.

Traffic Police

Police perform random security checks of vehicles on Jordanian highways and when travelling by car, you should carry identification at all times to present at police checkpoints.

Hiring a Vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times. Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as inappropriate, improper, hostile or maybe even illegal.

Muslim Culture

Jordan is a conservative and predominantly Muslim society, and you should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religious. Dress conservatively outside of resorts (women’s clothes should cover their legs and upper arms), be aware of your actions and take care not to offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or other religious festivals, or if you intent to visit religious areas.

During Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. To avoid offence, you should not eat, drink or smoke in public during this time. You should also be aware that during Ramadan there is an increased risk of unrest as people are irritable and the roads, especially in Amman, are significantly busier and subsequently more dangerous at peak hours.

Law Enforcement

While you’re in Jordan, you’re subject to local laws, including ones that may seem harsh by Irish standards. Parents in particular should be aware that local laws regarding custody, etc. of children are significantly different to those in force in Ireland.

If you’re involved in local legal matters, particularly with regard to family law, we strongly advise you to get professional legal advice.

LGBT

Under Jordanian law homosexuality is illegal. Public displays of affection between same sex couples may lead to arrest and incarceration so caution and discretion are advised at all times.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

Climate

The temperature in some areas can reach over 40 degrees Celcius in the summer months. Remember to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Sand and dust storms can occur, particularly in desert areas.

Earthquake

There are occasional earthquake tremors in Jordan. These may lead to rock falls and landslides. If you’re travelling to or living in Jordan, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Flooding

Drainage systems are poor, particularly on roads and highways. As a result of this driving becomes significantly more dangerous, even in Amman. During heavy rains flash flooding can occur and can often be damaging. The rainy season is typically from November until March. It is advised to follow local weather updates regularly, particularly during heavy rain.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish Citizens need a visa to enter Jordan. Tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at the Airport (Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, or at Aqaba airport in the south) for 40 JOD. These are valid for one month and can be extended for up to 3 months at a local police station. Visas can also be obtained from the Honorary Consul of Jordan in Dublin.

Water

Tap water is not safe to drink; bottled water should be purchased instead.

Regional Travel

If you travel between Jordan and Israel, you may experience difficulties or be refused entry to some other countries in the region if your passport has evidence of travel to Israel. This includes entry and exist stamps issued at the border crossing in Jordan or if your luggage has stickers indicating you have been to Israel.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

In the case of an emergency outside of working hours, please call +962 799732370.

Embassy of Ireland
3rd Floor
International Business Village
Zahran Plaza
7th Circle
Amman

Tel: +962 6 550 3234

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