If you are traveling to Jordan from outside of the country, you should be aware of the Jordan entrance requirements for visitors before you start planning your travel. If you do not meet the passport, VISA, or immunization requirements, you will be denied entry into Jordan. This is not something that I would wait until the last minute to take care of as you might not have enough time to sort out any issues at the last minute should you run into them.
To assist you in making sure you meet the necessary requirements to visit Jordan, I have outlined all of the requirements you need to be concerned about in this article. Furthermore, I have also created the handy checklist I linked below for you to use as a point of reference and to track all of the requirements as you meet them.
Jordan Passport Requirements
One of the most important of the Jordan entrance requirements that you will need to consider when planning your trip is the country’s passport requirements. In order to be allowed into Jordan, not only will your passport need to be valid, but it will need to be valid for at least 6 months after your date of arrival. So if your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your arrival date, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Jordan. You are also going to need your passport number to apply for your VISA, so I would strongly suggest that you not delay in getting it renewed if necessary.
|Passport Validity||Blank Pages Required|
|At least 6-months beyond arrival date||1 blank page required|
Jordan VISA Requirements
In addition to the passport requirements, there are VISA considerations in the Jordan entrance requirements that you need to be aware of before booking your travel. If you would like to review the VISA entry requirements for Jordan by country, I have included a map below for you to review below. Depending on which country your passport was issued by, the method of obtaining your visa to enter Jordan will be different.
Travelers from most countries will be allowed to obtain a visa when landing in Jordan or when crossing into the country via one of the land entry points. For some travelers, this visa will include a cost of 40 JOD, while for travelers from other countries it will be at no charge. If you are traveling from a country that requires you to obtain a visa from a Jordanian embassy before travel, I would encourage you to do that well in advance to ensure that you get the visa in time for your trip. For more information on applying for a VISA to Jordan, please visit the Jordan VISA website.
Jordan Immunization Requirements
Routine Travel Vaccinations for Jordan
Important Note: I am not a medical doctor and do not have any medical experience. The information provided in this section is a summary of information that I got from the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States for travel to Jordan. I am providing you this information to help bring awareness of the necessary vaccinations to you, but consultation of my guide should not replace a discussion about your travels with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.
One of the most important, and yet most often overlooked, aspects of travel is the necessary vaccinations that are required or recommended to keep you safe and healthy when you travel. Before you depart for Jordan, you are going to want to make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations. Some of these vaccinations, like the Yellow Fever vaccination, are included in the Jordan entrance requirements if you are travelling to Jordan from certain high-risk locations. Other vaccinations, such as a flu shot and the Rabies vaccine, are recommended, but not required. For your convenience, I have summarized the CDC’s recommendations on vaccines and healthcare for travelers visiting Jordan for you to review below.
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Jordan
There are a number of vaccinations that the CDC recommends that you get before traveling to Jordan, which I have outlined for you below. If you are traveling to Jordan from a destination where Yellow Fever is common, even if it is only a long layover, then you will be required to show proof of vaccination before you will be allowed into the country. The other vaccinations on this list are not in the Jordan entrance requirements, but they are strongly recommended.
|Vaccine||How Disease Spreads||Details|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travelers|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Yellow Fever||Thru the bite of infected mosquitoes.||If you are going to be traveling from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic, even if it is only for a layover twelve hours or more, you will need to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination and have certification of that vaccination before you will be allowed into Jordan.|
|Rabies||The saliva of infected animals. Bites or licks on open wounds are the most common vector.||Requires three shots over 21-28 days|
|Typhoid||From food and water you handle or ingest.||Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.|
|COVID-19||From being around or coming into contact with someone who is sick.||Depending on Vaccine brand, will require one or two shots over multiple weeks. Everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel.|
|Measles||Various vectors.||Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.|
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Routine Vaccinations for Jordan
In addition the vaccinations that are recommended for travel to Jordan specifically, there are other routine vaccinations that you should make sure that you are current on before traveling anywhere in this world. For an overview of the routine vaccinations recommended by the CDC, please review the chart that I have included below.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)||Various Vectors||Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended|
|TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis)||Thru open wounds & airborne transmission||Only one adult booster of pertussis required|
|Chickenpox||Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission||Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox|
|Shingles||Direct contact with infected individuals||Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.|
|Pneumonia||Airborne transmission||Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both|
|Influenza||airborne transmission||Vaccine components change annually|
|Meningitis||Direct contact with infected individuals & airborne transmission||Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students|
|Polio||Thru contaminated food and water||Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended|
Non-Vaccine Preventable Diseases
In addition to the recommended vaccinations, there are other health precautions that you should take when traveling to Jordan to avoid getting sick. While these health precautions aren’t on the list of Jordan entrance requirements, they are important measures that you can take to make sure you don’t get ill while traveling.
aVOID CONTAMINATED WATER
When traveling, one of the easiest ways to get sick is to come into contact with contaminated water. There are a number of illnesses that are found in Jordan that can be spread by either drinking or swimming in contaminated water. Before you depart for your trip, you will want to be aware of the illnesses below. To avoid getting sick, make sure you stick to drinking bottled water and avoid swimming in stagnant pools.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Leptospirosis||Touching fluids of infected animal or drinking or swimming in contaminated water||Avoid contaminated water and soil|
AVOID BUG BITES
Another easy way to get sick while traveling is to be bitten by bugs that carry illnesses. The most common insect that spreads diseases to humans is the mosquito, but ticks and flies can also spread serious illnesses thru their bites. To make sure you don’t fall ill from an insect bite while in Jordan, I would recommend bringing insect repellent with you when you visit and avoid getting bitten by bugs as much as possible.
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Leishmaniasis||Sand fly bite||Use bug spray and avoid bug bites|
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be aware of airborne illnesses
Out of all the ways that illnesses can be spread, the diseases that are airborne are the hardest to protect yourself against. After all, you don’t have to physically touch or be touched by an infected person or animal and there isn’t a repellant that you can spray on to avoid catching these illnesses. This is why it is always important to be observant of those with whom you interact with while traveling and make sure you don’t expose yourself to potentially harmful airborne illnesses. According to the CDC, the particular airborne illnesses that you should be aware of while travelling to Jordan are as follows:
|Disease Name||How Disease Spreads||Advice|
|Middle East Respitory Syndrome (MERS)||Scientists do not fully understand how the MERS virus spreads. The virus may spread from to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes and may spread to people from camels.||Avoid people who look sick|
|Hantavirus||Coming into contact with bodily fluids or droppings of infected rodents, being biten by an infected rodent, or less commonly from coming into contact with someone else who is infected||Avoid rodents and people who look sick|
|Tuberculosis (TB)||Breathing in the air from an infected individual (via cough, speaking, etc..)||Avoid people who look sick|
Jordan COVID-19 Entrance Requirements
Even though the world is starting to open up after a year of COVID-19 shutdowns, many countries continue to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols for visitors in order to prevent the spread of the virus. According to the US Embassy in Jordan, there are certain COVID-19 entrance requirements in place that need to be satisfied before you will be allowed entry into the country. I have highlighted those requirements for you to review below, but you should continue to monitor the website of the US Embassy in Jordan as the policies for travel relating to COVID-19 around the world continue to evolve.
- All travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the time of arrival in Jordan.
- Travelers must also take a second COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Amman at a cost of JD 28.
- Children under the age of five are exempt from having to take the second COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
- Travelers who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination doses who are flying from the following countries are also exempt from having to take the second COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Vaccinated travelers must have the following to be exempt from the second COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival:
- Negative PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival time in Jordan from the first embarking airport.
- Medical certificate documenting full course vaccination, which must be shown to the airline in paper or electronic form.
- QR code registration from the Gateway2Jordan platform.
- Complete health form prior to boarding the flight to Jordan. This form will be required at the time of check-in prior to departure for Jordan.
- Have valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of their intended visit. This does not apply to Jordanian citizens.
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Jordan Customs Restrictions
Before you will be allowed into Jordan, you will also need to clear customs to be sure you aren’t carrying any prohibited items with you. For instance, according to VISAHQ.com, travelers are strictly prohibited from being the following items into Jordan:
- Illegal drugs.
- Knives, Weapons and ammunition.
- Plants and plant products.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Meat and animal products.
- Israeli currency.
- Counterfeit money and goods.
- Pornographic material.
In addition to these prohibited items, the government of Jordan has placed limits on the quantity of other items that can be brought into the country. If you plan to travel with any of the following items when visiting Jordan, you will want to plan accordingly so that you do not violate the Jordan entrance requirements:
- 200 cigarettes.
- 25 cigars.
- 200 grams pipe tobacco.
- 1 liter alcoholic beverages.
- 2 bottles of perfume.
- Legal personal goods up to JOD 50.
Jordan Currency Restrictions
The final aspect of the Jordan entrance requirements that you will want to make sure you comply with when travelling to Jordan is the amount of currency you plan on bringing to the country. When visiting Jordan, like all countries, you can’t just bring any amount of currency that you want to into the country when visiting. According to VISAHQ.com , the government of Jordan has the following currency limits and regulations in place:
- Israeli currency is illegal.
- An unlimited amount of local currency can be brought into the country as long as it is not converted into foreign currency when leaving the country.
- There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency (except Israeli currency) that can enter the country as long as it is declared upon arrival.