ASA’s practical notes offer general information and are designed to assist in planning your travel. Information varies regularly and may have changed since this was published.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small kingdom (c. 96,188 square kilometres including the Dead Sea), situated between the Levantine and Arabian regions of the Middle East. Defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resort’s the country. Jordan is a landlocked country with only one outlet to the sea, in the south at the Gulf of Aqaba.
Spring weather in Jordan (between March and May) enjoys warm days and cool nights. Wild flowers begin to emerge everywhere and low, clear sunlight draws a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour and texture from the desert rocks.
Sometimes, Jordan can be affected by a strong and hot wind blowing from the Egyptian Desert, which brings dust and sand storms; this happens more easily in spring and autumn.
We suggest that prior to departure you check the weather forecast for the most up-to-date information.
Jordan is on Greenwich Mean Time +2 and therefore 9 hours behind Australia Eastern Standard Time. Daylight saving in Jordan begins on Friday March 27, 2020 and ends on Friday October 30, 2020.
To obtain the current local time and date in cities and countries in all time zones.
What to Pack
The time of the year will dictate the type of clothing it is appropriate to bring. For daytime activities, we suggest a wardrobe that is lightweight, versatile, casual and comfortable. It is recommended that “layered” clothing might offer the best comfort in a variety of conditions. Always expect the weather to be changeable.
Beyond the normal wardrobe we suggest
- comfortable, supportive walking shoes (very important)
- sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, neck scarf, insect repellent
- folding umbrella for sun protection
- swimwear, quick dry travel towel. On public beaches at the Dead Sea and in Aqaba, wear a swimsuit (and preferably a T-shirt and shorts) when swimming. One-piece swimsuits are preferred.
- ladies should have a scarf with them at all times in case it is required to cover shoulders or head when entering religious sites
- prescription medicines for the full duration of your time away and a written copy of your prescriptions including what they are for, provided by your doctor
- extra prescription eyeglasses (if required)
- toilet paper in your day packs is recommended, as it is seldom available in Jordan
- wet wipes, gel sanitiser
- torch, binoculars, small travel pillow/cushion for 4WD excursions
- evenings can be cool – warm jumper/ jacket or wrap recommended
- raincoat or a waterproof windbreaker
- spare batteries, power bank and charging cables for all devices and additional memory cards
- due to the hot humid climate we strongly recommend packing sachets of electrolytes to add to your water as required
Voltages and Plugs
Jordan uses 230 volts. Plugs vary but the most common are the two-round-pronged European type. There are some with two small and one large round holes and also a flat T-shaped version.
To obtain the most up-to-date exchange rate you may wish to visit
The Jordanian currency is the Dinar (JD) and are often referred to as “jay-dees”. A dinar is made up of 1000 fils but you will often hear the terms piastre or qirsh: this refers to 10 fils (so 1 dinar equals 100 piastres).
Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 piastres (with the latter two marked as being quarter- and half-dinar respectively). Notes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 dinars.
Credit Cards and ATM machines
ATMs are the easiest way to access your money and can be found in most of the larger towns throughout Amman. There are no ATMs in Wadi Rum. ATMs sometimes run dry on weekends and holidays in smaller towns.
Visa and MasterCard are the most accepted credit cards. If you have questions about using your credit card in a foreign country, please contact your bank prior to departure from Australia.
Currency (US, EURO) can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and most hotels. Street money-changers are best avoided. Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank.
Many smaller shops still prefer cash payment; essential for shopping in the local souks. Try to change larger notes – as it can be hard to pay with large notes in small establishments.
Telephone & Communication
4G is increasingly available throughout Jordan, and coverage is expansive. Check pricing with your provider and that your phone can switch on ‘Global Roaming’ and has coverage in the places you are visiting.
Sim cards are available locally, please check with your provider prior to departure to make sure your phone is unlocked and will accept another sim card. You will need your passport to get a SIM card.
Internet access is widespread and available throughout Jordan. If you have Web access while traveling, you may wish to use one of the many communication apps (Eg: Skype or Whats App) to stay in touch with family.
No attempt should be made to photograph anything remotely connected with the armed forces, or in the vicinity of defence installations.
Many people do not like being photographed. Always ask before photographing someone; they may try to obtain money from you.
Clothing (Churches, Mosques and Monasteries)
Although ‘foreigners’ do not have to adhere to a strict dress rules, women should wear a head covering (ie a scarf) in active churches. Men must remember to remove their hats in religious buildings. In churches it is polite to stand around the edges of the building, rather than in the centre. It is acceptable for foreigners to light candles.
Jordan is primarily a Muslim country and loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and provides protection from the sun. Revealing clothing is never appropriate and conservative dress (covering shoulders and kness) is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (Downtown), and outside the cities.
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Jordan and to be aware of your surroundings. There has been an increase in petty crime in Jordan and you should always pay attention to your personal security.
- We strongly recommend the use of a money belt under your clothing to keep your cash, cards and travel documents safe. This is a precaution that should be taken anywhere.
- Carry copies of all important documents (passport, credit cards, airline tickets, insurance) and leave another copy at home.
- It is recommended to take a business card from your hotel in the local language. This will help if you get lost or need assistance.
- You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Take extra care in crowded places and when using local transport. All valuables including cameras should be in your bag, and either under your coat or held in front of you. Men, try to avoid keeping your wallet in your back hip pocket.
- Waterborne, foodborne, insect-borne and other infectious diseases are prevalent. Avoid raw or undercooked foods.
Water is a precious resource in Jordan. It is not safe to drink in public areas and check with the restaurants and hotels. Bottled water is provided on day excursions.
Entry and exit
You may be refused entry to some Arab and Muslim nations if your passport contains evidence of travel to Israel, including entry and exit stamps issued at border crossings in Jordan, or if your luggage has stickers indicating you have been to Israel.
Australian Embassy in Jordan
The working week is Sunday to Thursday, in accordance with local practice.
The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers. www.smartraveller.gov.au