Trip to Jordan – What to look out for
Recently we traveled to beautiful Jordan. And while this is a safe country to travel to, there are people who would rather not visit. Of course, the war in the surrounding countries has something to do with this. We understand there’s fear, but we’re officially taking it away. There is no need to feel unsafe in Jordan. To prepare you well for a trip to Jordan, we would like to give tips today that you should pay attention to so that your trip will be more than successful.
Trip to Jordan
In Jordan there is currently (2020) no war. So you don’t have to be afraid to travel there. Please note, however, that tensions and/or wars are currently prevailing in neighbouring countries. Especially in Israel, Syria and Iraq. So you should not look up Jordan’s borders with these countries. There’s nothing to see either, so you don’t really have anything to look for there either. You will notice that these areas are also more strictly controlled by the police. In talking points, it is better not to talk about Israel because that is where both Palestinians and Jordanians live. It’s a sensitive matter for them. So it’s better to avoid this. Jordan itself is keeping itself out of these tensions and therefore travel within Jordan is currently safe. We have not felt any danger or felt unsafe ourselves. Contrary. We felt very welcome and liked everywhere.
Jordan is best explored with a rental car. Therefore, make sure you have a valid driver’s license and look in advance for what is included in your home insurance. Then you don’t have to pay more than you need to pay with the rental service itself. Refuelling is also easy as they do it for you in any decent gas station. You choose how much petrol you need and pay best afterwards. Pay attention to the huge speed bumps on the track. They suddenly show up and chances are you didn’t see them in time, even on highways. So adjusting your speed at all time is recommended.
Besides renting a car yourself you can also move with a taxi, but that is without a doubt more expensive and also more difficult. In some places in Jordan hardly taxis drive. It is also a country where you fall from one surprise to another and therefore it is more fun to have a car where you can stop in the places you choose. Public transport is substandard in Jordan and therefore we would not recommend that they be counted on.
For your trip to Jordan: Visa
To travel to Jordan you need a visa. This costs about 40 euros per person. You don’t have to arrange this in advance because on arrival at d airport you can pay for it very easily at customs yourself. However, you’d better purchase the Jordan Pass that gives you access to various museums, archaeological sites and other landmarks. Here your visa is also included in the price. So you’re cheaper off with this pass. Upon arrival at the airport, all you have to do is have the QR code scanned from the Jordan Pass. It’s easy to take this document printed and put it on your smartphone.
Food and drink
Jordan has a rather monotonous but tasty cuisine when it comes to food. Meat dishes with rice and vegetables are particularly covered. Fortunately, as a vegetarian, there are also some options, from humus to salads. The Jordanian people are very friendly and they will want to help you to prepare your dish as best as possible according to your wishes. So feel free to indicate what you want to eat or not if you don’t understand the menu. They are also generous and in some restaurants you will get a free starter (bread, soup or salad) or intermediate dish (a snack or dessert). Under no circumstances drink tap water but only bottled water. The majority of the population you will encounter speak good English.
Jordan is one of the countries that has pleasantly surprised us in terms of politeness. Truly anyone you meet will be kindly addressing and welcoming you to their country. You feel very welcome here. A nice feeling! It’s also for no reason they greet you. In other countries, this often has to do with making money. Not here. Tourist or not, it doesn’t matter here. You are often treated better compared to your own population. For example, with checks you will be less tightly controlled or you will get something for free in a restaurant.
As a woman you don’t have to dress differently, but out of respect for their faith and culture you can cover your shoulders and legs. A medium-length skirt and a t-shirt are enough. As a woman, you can also drive yourself here, but pay attention in taxis! It is considered rude when you sit down next to the taxi driver as a woman. For the rest, there is no difference between man or woman and everyone is appreciated.
Trip to Jordan
A trip to Jordan is a fantastic experience! We enjoyed our road trip across the country and we saw the most amazing places. Now is the time to go to Jordan as there is no mass tourism yet and there is so much to admire.