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Is it Safe to Travel to Jordan in 2023

If you clicked on this post, you are probably wondering, is Jordan Safe in 2023 My short answer, yes it is safe to travel to Jordan and you should definitely consider a visit, whether a guided tour or independently

Before I share my experiences on safety in Jordan, you may want to know how much I know about the country and how long I visited. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will have read my passion and love for Jordan. If you are new to my page, my first visit to Jordan in 2016 was a catalyst for many life changes and lead to multiple visits year after year and as recently as Summer 2022.

I loved Jordan so much that I created a website dedicated to travel in the region called “Step into Jordan.” I also found a glaring gap in tours offered in Amman and with a local tour guide, created Amman Food Tours where you can take an evening food tour with a local guide to dive deep into the foodie culture of Jordan.

While most of my close friends and family have stopped saying I am crazy to go to the Middle East, I still get many people who ask “Is Jordan safe?” when I say I spend a lot of time in Jordan with my young boys and feel completely comfortable, whether it is in Amman, Petra, or Wadi Rum.

Is it safe to travel to Jordan in 2019

If you are considering a visit to Jordan, and are not sure that you want to organize all of the details yourself, feel free to fire me an email with any questions, leave a comment below or check out one of these small group tours.

If you plan on traveling by car or seeing the country yourself, it is totally doable! I have finally put together a comprehensive 5 days in Jordan itinerary! I hope you find it helpful in planning your travels!

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How Safe is Jordan in 2019?

If you are still reading this post, you must be asking yourself Is Jordan Safe? In my opinion, and in the research that I have done about traveling as a solo female, and as a mom of two little boys, Jordan is a safe haven in a relatively unstable region.

But you want to know more?

So keep reading!

When doing your research on places to visit, I highly suggest not basing your opinions solely from what you see on the news. Check out local newspapers (you can often find English ones on Facebook) as well as read reviews from people who have actually travelled there!

 

The Middle East Region around Jordan

It is not Jordan’s fault that it lies in a hotbed of political instability.

With the war in Syria hitting mainstream news every once and a while, many people assume that the whole region is at war. As Jordan’s neighbor in the North, it has caused a huge drop in tourism.

During my visit in December 2017, the Trump announcement that he would be moving his Israel Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem caused outrage to most of the Arab world, sparking violent protests in Jerusalem and beyond.

Throw in Egypt, a nearby neighbor who struggles with extremists in the Sinai and who recently had a devastating shooting at a Mosque and who’s Arab Spring in 2011 is still felt in the region as ISIS controls much of the Sinai. There have since been two very unfortunate attacks on tourist buses in Egypt in 2019 which has caused some visitors to cancel their plans.

Then you have Iraq on Jordan’s Eastern border.

Jordan holds a precarious position, but while visiting you could be thousands of miles away from the strife in other countries, as you see very little of it while you are in Jordan.

Is Jordan safe for American Tourists after Karak Castle Shootings?
Kayak Castle, where a Canadian was tragically killed in December 2016

Is Jordan Safe? Recent Violence in Jordan affecting Tourists

It is not uncommon to wonder if the small Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is safe for tourists to visit. Jordan has made a few headlines for violent incidents in the region. There have been a few incidents in Jordan since my first visit that have shaken its tourism industry.

  • In Aug 2019 one of the local tribes outside of Petra fired multiple shots on a bus owned by the Petra visitor’s authority as it traveled down a dirt road leaving the site. This vehicle is used to transport tour guides from the Petra basin back to the visitor’s center. No tour guides were on board at the time and no one was injured. The perpetrator was arrested. No tourists were ever in danger and it was likely more of a local incident than an attempt to stir up fear among Petra visitors.
  • In June 2018 there were non-violent protests by hundreds of young people near the 4th circle in Amman. They are protesting a change to the income tax law that they feel is unfair and will take more money out of pockets of already struggling young people. Despite these protests, Amman was safe to visit. These protests have stopped now that Jordan has a new Prime Minister who aims to amend the income tax law proposed in government. These protests occur on and off but are usually scheduled for Friday’s after prayers and if there is anything going on, your hotel front staff would know.
  • In December 2016 a Canadian women, as well as local security forces, were killed in Karak castle by attackers.
  • In July 2017 the desert highway (the main North – South highway in the country) was closed for a day as one of the largest bedouin tribes protested a jail sentence of a Jordanian soldier who had been found guilty of shooting American soldiers.
Is it safe to visit Jordan in 2019? My Son with a local tea vendor
Jordanians Love Children, a local tea shop vendor outside Karak on our first visit to the country. When people ask, is Jordan safe, this is what I think of.

My View on Jordan Safety in 2019

Overall I have found Jordanians to treat tourists with respect and welcome. Rarely was I ever hassled to purchase something from a shop, asked for a ride from a driver, or bothered by anyone on the street.

I travel with a 7 and 5 year old. Who were 5 and 3 on their first visit in 2016. On that trip, we had a 7 day guided tour with two other Canadians and had nothing but a wonderful experience. Our hotels were wonderful, the boys thought that having their luggage scanned was cool since the security outside the hotel was friendly and showed them the computer screen of what was inside their bags! No where have we ever visited anywhere where the security guards went out of their way to acknowledge my children.

When we visited the tourist sites on our tour, I was astonished that they were almost empty. While wandering the streets of Jerash, an entire Roman city, I could not believe that no one was there in the middle of what is Jordan’s fall tourist season (Sept – Nov). The only place we really ran into any crowds was Petra, and even those were minimal.

If you are wondering how to see the highlights of Jordan, from Petra to Wadi Rum, check out this small group tour.

Jordan Petra Safety : Exploring Petra by Donkey
Exploring Petra’s Little Siq by Donkey

Petra was also the only place we ever experienced any hassle. Whether it was kids selling postcards, or bedouins asking if we wanted a donkey, we had been prepared by our tour guide that a “No, thank you” would have them leave you alone.

He was right. He informed us that Jordanians are polite and do not need to be responded to rudely, and a polite “no, would likely get them to go away. And it worked. He did caution that their reply of “Maybe Later?” also needed a “No,” not a “maybe,” or they would follow you until “later” actually happened.

My boys DID want to ride a donkey, and they did. They had a marvellous time and I insisted that we only pay an adult and find and a fit looking donkey. Well that was not a problem, the donkeys all looked healthy in Petra. I try really hard not to support child labor, knowing full well that school in Jordan is free and available to all children. If they are making money, they are unlikely to be sent to school by their parents. Even most Jordanians do not support children working, so you will not see many of them out their working during school hours.

Is Petra Safe From Isis? Petra Monastery
The Petra Monastery is well worth a visit if you have time on your Petra visit. It requires ascending 800 stairs, or can be accessed with a guide on the back trail from Little Petra

What to Expect on your Jordan Visit?

Infrastructure

Jordan’s capital city Amman is a typical big city. Home to 4 million people it has modern malls, fast food restaurants and plenty of 5 star hotels. Queen Alia International Airport is modern and when you step outside you would have no idea that you are in the middle of the Middle East, it could be a European City you are entering. There are modern hospitals, restaurants catering to any taste and plenty of things to do.

Women

Women enjoy a lot of freedom in Jordan, although it may not be exactly as Western standards. You will find women working in hotels and in the malls although the work force is male dominated as most women will stop working when they have children.

You will find women dressed in modern fashion and you will also find women fully covered with a burqa. You will not find Jordanian women in short shorts and tank tops, as their dress is conservative compared to western standards.

Read this post on What to Pack for Jordan for more info and tips on modest clothing and my must-have items

Atop the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan
Atop the Roman Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan

Are Jordan Streets Safe?

Where I expected feral dogs on street corners, we found orange and brown kittens in shops, restaurants and even on the hotel pool decks, some eager for attention, while others afraid of two little boys who wanted nothing more than to pet them.

While driving the streets, where I expected to see homelessness there was none. Admittedly we did not go looking. (I am well aware of the 2 million Syrian refugees currently camped at Jordan’s northern border.) Begging is rare from most Jordanians, I have only come across it a few times.

Once was a well dressed young girl who we encountered outside a restaurant, who was likely with her younger siblings (a baby and a small boy) and asking for money for food. Another time was a gypsy who knocked on my car window at a gas station.

I expected bicycles and mopeds, but the traffic was largely cars, or pedestrians. While the rules of the road looked more like ants marching to their nest to a foreigner like me, I never once saw a fender bender, nor a pedestrian struck. Pedestrians walked. They did not have their noses in their cell phones as they weaved their way through the congested city traffic. Drivers drove. Constantly making assumptions on the traffic patterns in front of them.

Safety in Amman was predictable amidst the congestion, with everyone getting to their destination. Im sure our driver laughed as we gasped, covered our eyes or held on to our seats on more than one occasion.

If you are looking for Things to Do in Amman with kids that you will not find in any guidebook you can check out my post here: Fun Activities in Amman with Kids

Jordan Policeman - Amman Jordan Safety
Jordan Police taking time for a Selfie with my Kids. We never felt uneasy, even with security and police while in Jordan

Independant Travel in Jordan versus a Guided Tour

Independent Travel

As mentioned above, I am about to return to Jordan for the 4th time later this month. I now travel independently and am confident in the country, despite my limited arabic. I have plenty of posts about my experiences of renting an apartment for a month in Amman, how to get around in Jordan and my favourite hotels to stay at. You can check out the Jordan section for more info.

It is quite easy to rent a car and self drive the country. The road signs are all in Arabic and English and I did not have any hassle with any checkpoints. Most who saw my Canadian passport waved me through with a “welcome” or a “welcome to Jordan.”

You can also take the JETT Tour busses to most major centers in Jordan. Read my guide on the Amman to Petra Bus for information on getting to Petra from Amman.

What you will likely find, if you travel without a guide, is that once you are outside of the typical tourist spots, people’s english is limited. Tourism is Jordan’s biggest industry (long with phosphate) and those working in it are quite fluent in English, but those who work in local shops, or farm, or live in rural areas are not necessarily fluent.

One day we wandered to the KFC near the Seventh Circle in Amman so that they kids could play on its playground and there were three local children there. They were so excited to say “hello” and practice their english, as outside of school, they do not get to practice it much.

Looking for an Amman Hotel? Read these Trip Advisor reviews

Is Amman Safe - A view from the streets
The Streets in Amman – Home to 4 million people, they can get much more crowded than this

Guided Tours in Jordan

If you are on a guided tour you will have do nothing more than sit back, relax and enjoy each day to the fullest. Whether you are visiting ancient sites, driving the dunes of Wadi Rum, or relaxing by the Dead Sea, every need will be taken care of and you are unlikely to face any challenges. Tour guides in Jordan receive rigorous training with only the best being certified by the Ministry of Tourism.

There are various ways to see Jordan, from small group tours to religious tours, to private tours. If you ever have any questions about your travel options in Jordan, feel free to send me an email or drop me a comment below. For solo or couple travelers, these tours are great options!

Petra Treasury - Petra Safety
Petra’s Treasury from Above

Jordan with Kids

Jordan has been quite an easy country to travel in with kids. Jordanians love children and my kids get more attention than me. Thankfully they are very social and used to it, so it does not shock or bother them. Men on the streets often give them a sweet or a candy and they absolutely love it. If you do have a shy child, ensure you warn them that people in Jordan are very friendly and love kids and will likely want to talk to them. If you child is uncomfortable, a polite “no” will leave them unbothered.

While we were staying in a hotel in Aqaba, I had another hotel guest bring me three chocolate bars and a banana milk for the kids! The kids get so spoiled in Jordan they now expect a treat at every shop we go into!

I have a post on things to do in Amman with kids, you can check it out here. If you are visiting with kids, try and include a few of these on your itinerary to really get a feel of what it is like to be a local in the country!

Jordanians and Children
The People make a place, and Dana Guest House has some great people

What to Watch for In Jordan

While I hope I have painted a picture of what it is like to travel this small and beautiful country, there are some things to keep in mind when you visit Jordan.

Typical Scams in Jordan

While most tourists are treated with respect in Jordan, keep these few things in mind during your visit.

TAXI SCAM

When you get into a taxi, ensure they use the meter (unless you have negotiated a price). They also have an app similar to Uber that you can book a car to some pick you up, and you will know the price. This is often a bit more expensive that a taxi, but sometimes more convenient. Taxi meters are in fils not dinars. A 10 minute taxi ride will likely only cost about 1 JD. do not mistake it and overpay. While I cannot imaging anyone paying 100JD for such a ride, it is common to make this mistake.

CHANGING BILLS

Another scam that is going around (and this can happen in any country) is when someone asks you to break a bill. They sometimes try to confuse you and after you hand over for example a JD50 note, they say you gave them 5JD. Just keep your head cool when it comes to exchanging money.

ANTIQUES FOR SALE

Just because something is old and dusty, does not make it an antique. You should not buy something based on its described age. Furthermore, exporting antiques or anything over 100 years old from Jordan is illegal. Your bags will be screened at Queen Alia airport before your departure and I was held up for 20 minutes while they took a look at my souvenirs from Egypt (I can tell you right now that I did not pay enough money for my canonic jars in Egypt for them to be the 4000 year old variety! But they did make a few phone calls, and then wrapped them back up and let me go on my way).

When it comes to buying trinkets, pay what you think it is worth. Do not get hung up on its value. If you do not like the price, don’t buy it. If you love it and want it, buy it. Its authenticity should not matter if it is something you love. Do not buy something because you think it is valuable and you are getting a great deal.

SLEEP IN A CAVE IN PETRA

If you are a female travelling alone, or even a few of you, I do not recommend taking the offer from Bedul bedouin in Petra to see the caves at night and watch the stars. While they occupy Petra by day and seem friendly and lovely, there has been reported cases of them asking for money and harassing women long after they have shown them the stars. Once they get women’s phone numbers they will come up with stories of needing money and some women, who have had such an amazing experience, will give them what they need.

There have also been reports of women being raped in the caves of Petra and the tourist police have a hard time identifying the attacker because the victim cannot identify them the next day in a lineup of similar looking men. I am not writing this to scare anyone, and I have personally only had good experiences with the Bedul Tribe at Petra, but I have turned down any invite for a hike or an evening dinner.

A quick google search will find scary stories of other women’s experiences. While this may make you wonder if Petra is safe for a solo female, my answer is yes it is safe. Visiting during opening hours will likely hinder only the hassles of boys selling post cards, young kids selling rocks, and Bedouins offering a donkey ride or to show you the best way to get to the monastery. Just use your head like you would in any country, and if it does not feel right, do not do it.

Is Jordan Safe?
Exploring Wadi Rum

Petty Crime In Jordan

Crime in Jordan is extremely low and I have never had any problems their myself. Locals know the importance of tourism and there are harsh penalties for theft in Jordan. Even just the loss of a job can affect the likelihood of a family. Like in any other country, keep large bills separate and keep some small bills handy. Keep a copy of your passport in your suitcase and an extra credit card just in case something does happen.

This is something I do in every country I visit. I carry cash in a money belt and then about 30 dinars in my pocket or my purse for buying water or a meal. If I know I need to get my passport out I do not keep it in a money belt, I keep it handy. The point of a money belt is to not be seen. If you are pulling at it to retrieve cash or a passport, it makes it pointless.

Protests and Unrest

US President Trumps announcement that he was going to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem actually occurred when I was in Jordan in December 2017. It has caused major violence in Jerusalem, but only minor protests in Amman. They occurred outside the US Embassy after Friday prayers.

When travelling almost anywhere in the world it is best to stay away from political or religious demonstrations. In Jordan, protests are mostly peaceful, they usually occur after Friday prayers and they result in a heavy police presence in the area. We drove by the Israeli embassy after Trumps announcement and you could barely get down the street there was so much police. They are very preemptive and try to ensure things do not get out of hand.

Is Jordan Safe in 2019
Riding Camels in Wadi Rum – I highly suggest you stay overnight if you can. Click on the Wadi Rum link to read all about choosing the best camp.

Military Presence in Jordan? and its Commitment to Safety

On my first visit, I honestly was not sure what I was going to encounter with regard to militarization in the country. Before we landed I did not know if our tour would require armed escort around Jordan. I was clueless. By the time we got to the hotel, I had thrown the armed escort idea out the window. I had yet to encounter any armed forces at all. We wandered the city of Amman with ease, there were traffic police armed wth a sidearm, and other police vehicles around. But not the massed artillery clad men I had been expecting.

I actually only saw one automatic weapon the whole week we were in Jordan. This was strapped to the chest of one of the Gendarmerie outside the VIP entrance to the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

Even the security outside the stadium, while camo clad, were unarmed except for a small baton. The security inside was casually dressed in a golf shirt and slacks.

There was definitely a police presence in Jordan, but not an intimidating force, nor a protection force, just a general presence. I have been stopped at checkpoints, but besides the necessity to stop and wait, they are not intimating.

When you doffing yourself at any security checkpoint, whether it be a hotel entrance, tourist police or on the highway, it is best for you to cooperate with their instructions and be polite.

Jordan takes security seriously, and there is often security at the major tourist hotels in the country. There is also tourist police in all of the major sites and in Amman.

Wadi Rum Rock Bridges - Solo Female Travel in Jordan
Among my favourite things to do in Jordan is visit the Rock Bridges in Wadi Rum

Is Jordan Safe for the Solo Female Traveller?

Conservative Clothing

Overall, my answer is yes. I am a female and I do travel alone, and also with my children, my boyfriend and other family members. Women are generally respected in Jordan and Jordanian women dress exceptionally well, but conservatively.

It is best to dress conservatively yourself. Avoid shorts that are below the knee. If you have a tank top or sleeveless shirt, you are likely fine to wear it in Amman, but bring something to cover your shoulders. I always travel with a button up long sleeve shirt.

Read my Packing List for Jordan post.

Although you may be hiking a lot, do not hike in what Westerners would deem appropriate. DO not hike in short shorts and tank tops. While capris or leggings are fine, try not to show too much skin. The Instagram photos you will see of beautiful women in Petra wearing small dresses or tank tops are not the norm and just look ridiculous when you are there.

Do not wear a dress to Petra. It is a huge archaeological site. If you are worried about being to hot, wear light colors, non tight fitting, wear hat and drink a lot of water.

I will be the first to tell you that I love wearing shorts and a tank top! I live in Canada when I am not travelling, and that is what everyone wears in the summer. But that wardrobe does not come to Jordan.

If you are a solo women traveler and not sure you want to navigate Jordan alone, check out these options for small tours where usually less than a dozen people and some amazing tour guides will take care of your every need (and keep any unwanted attention at bay, whether from vendors or locals).

Is Jordan Safe? These streets of Jerash are almost empty
Is Jordan Safe? These streets of Jerash are almost empty!

Beware of Scams

Beware of the scams I have mentioned above and mostly keep your wits with you. Do not accept an invitation to sleep in the caves without full understanding that you may have accepted an invitation for sex, even though nothing of the sort was mentioned. As I said before, I felt totally comfortable in Jordan.

Yes, I was flirted with.

Yes, I accepted an invitation to have tea with a young shopkeeper and we sat and talked for half an hour, him mostly fascinated that I travel alone with my kids, and me, enjoying talking to someone local.

Men in Jordan

Only once in Jordan was I ever cat-called, despite I read that it happens often. It happened when we disembarked from the Egypt to Jordan ferry. I do not let it bother me.

I also had a local waiter in Aqaba ask me to marry him after talking for about 5 minutes. I laughed at him mostly and learned not to give my phone number to locals who continually send me messages on whats-app. But they are all “Hi, how are you messages,” nothing like the Petra scams where the beduls are asking for money for a sick horse or a family member.

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What to Wear in Jordan: Clothing and Dress

Jordan is a Muslim country. Over 90% of the population is Muslim. Christians make up approximately 6% of the country’s 9 million people. While conservative in dress compared to North American standards, women are not required to cover their head. Nor is it requested unless entering a mosque.

Non-muslim travellers are not encouraged to wear a headscarf, as the Christians living in the country do not. Shirts with sleeves and pants are the typical dress. Jordanian men rarely wear shorts and you will even see many in long sleeves in summer. Men can get away with shorts and t-shirts in Jordan.

Jordanians

When you visit Jordan, you expect to be blown away by the history, the sights, the landscapes, but, the people of Jordan are what made me fall in love with this country. Nowhere have I visited before with such a warm, genuine welcome from strangers.

Yes I have been welcomed in many countries, but the Jordanians love for their country is instantly evident. It is as if they have no idea how “dangerous” Westerners view the Middle East due to the media coverage that the region covers. Jordan is and has been a safe-haven for the instability in the region, welcoming its neighbours in need of refuge.

Do’s and Dont’s in Jordan

DO

  • Check your government’s website for any Jordan travel advisory before travelling. There will likely be mention of avoiding the Refugee camps in the North (there is no need to go there, the closest you get to the Syrian border would be an Irbid visit, but do not worry, it is in the middle of mountains and you should still visit). It will also likely say to be weary of terrorism in the country. If you read a lot of other country’s travel advisories, it also says this. Do not let it deter you from visiting.
  • Dress conservatively. It is a Muslim country and you are a visitor. respect their culture
  • Be polite and cooperate with security
  • Grab an English language newspaper in the morning if you hotel has it and at least have a look at the front page for anything you should be aware of
  • Many countries allow you to register your visit. Check your Embassy before you go.

DONT

  • Do not talk bad about the King, it is a crime.
  • Do not be paranoid. you are not likely to be victim to theft or any other violence
  • To ensure safety in Petra as a woman, do not take offers to see the caves at night or the stars, or to dine with the bedouins after the site’s closure.
  • Do not get involved in local protests if you come across any.
  • Do not be afraid of the police or security forces, they are trustworthy

Here are more testimonials and posts about Safety in Jordan and the Middle East Region:

Keri – mum of 3 from https://www.familytravel-middleeast.com

We found Jordan an incredible country to travel around with our children.  It is an easy country to navigate by road, although the roads are not in the best condition. You do need a confident driver and to keep an eye out for random speed bumps, pot holes and sharp turns with no barriers. The only place I wouldn’t recommend driving is in central Amman where there is a very unique driving code only known to the locals, this we did feel was a little dangerous and unpredictable! As always, we had brought our own car seats and boosters for the kids to keep them safely strapped in, a must for the driving conditions.

In terms of overall safety in the country, the only time we ever felt a little un-nerved was when our little blondies were receiving undue amounts of attention at major attractions such as Petra and Jerash.  Their blonde hair is quite striking amongst the dark heads and makes us stand out in the Middle East as tourists, but at times the photographing and wanting to simply touch them got a bit much. The worse offenders for this were, in fact, older school girls.  We knew they meant no harm but did need to be prepared to step in with a few times with “khalas, khalas” sharply directed at them to tell them to back off.

My daughter studied abroad in Jordan last Fall. She stayed in the city of Amman for 4 months. When I asked her about her visit in regards to safety, in general, she had this to say. “Their society is structured differently than ours. If you look like you need help, people will ask and offer a helping hand. I often felt safer over there (Jordan) than here (United States). If you follow basic safety rules you’ll be ok. Don’t go out at night alone. I felt safer going out in groups of people. If you have a male in your group you may want to have them accompany you if possible. Dress conservatively. If you take a taxi make sure you keep a careful eye on your meter. I had a couple of taxi drivers overcharge me and it was quite frustrating.”
 
Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World
 
I visited Jordan between the end of March and April 2018. I traveled with a group of other travelers, on an (sort of) organized trip (we had our own transportation, but also used public buses on occasions), visiting all the typical attractions in the country. We went to Amman, Jerash, Dana and Shobak, the Dead Sea, Petra and Aqaba. I felt no safety issues whatsoever, whether in the most crowded and touristy places such as Petra (though you have to watch out for scams) or in the smallest ones like Dana or Shobak. I feel the country is safe, much safer than people would think.
 
Brianne from theladybrianne.com
 
Two years ago I visited the Middle East for the first time and was so warmly received that I had nothing but positive expectations for the nine days in March I planned to spend in Jordan. Arriving before the Omani friend I made on my last trip and two of his friends, I had some time to explore Madaba and Amman on my own. No one was unkind but there was often a feeling of suspicion and occasionally disdain. Once joined by my Arabic companions, these reactions didn’t change. I recently shaved my head and wondered if this was taken as an offence. According to my Omani friend it just a matter of confusion; the culture in Jordan only knew of bald women in terms of being sick or part of some militant group.
Driving from one region to another we would encounter the occasional military checkpoint, but the Jordanian people are peaceful and I didn’t witness a single incident of aggression nor did I ever question my safety. If I had it to do all over again, I would probably wear a head scarf the entire time just to make the Muslim Jordanians feel more comfortable.
 
Inspiring Middle East Travels from Girl with A Passport
 

If you have any questions about Jordan I am always happy to help. It is a wonderful country where hospitality comes natural and the people there are friendly and willing to help out foreigners whenever they can!

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  2. Ravin kumar says:

    I learn new information from your blog. Such a nice list And nice post. They are very helpful travel tips. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kim says:

    Amazing country and a great post. Jordan is on our bucket list and for sure we will use your travel tips. Thanks for sharing.

  4. jordan tours says:

    We do believe that our country is one of the most beautiful countries around the world. It’s located in the heart of the Middle East and has a great history. Jordanian people are proud of their identity and they are very friendly.

  5. Mukarram says:

    Hi

    I have spent over 30 minutes reading all of the blog, some very very useful information I had found here especially staying at night in the caves and the scams. I can understand that you had enjoyed your stay in Jordan.

    Cheers.

  6. c flowers says:

    Thanks so much for the advice. We will be on a tour all but one day of the trip when we will probably stay in Madaba the last day with our air leaving at 4:30 am. That being said………

    “Avoid shorts that are below the knee”. Is this a typo? If pants are below your knees, then you are ok?

    Also, not sure of your comment on Men’s section. It is indicated to dress fully, then a comment ‘shorts are ok’.

    Thanks for any feedback, and additional thoughts you might want to add!

    • Looks like you caught me in a couple of typos! Thanks for being so diligent!
      OK lets start with shorts, it should be “wear shorts that are at or below the knee” “avoid short shorts” – this does not apply to water activities, beach resorts etc! Just in cities (and in Aqaba on the Red Sea, MOST holiday goers (even locals) will often be in shorts)
      As for the men’s section, shorts are ok for men to wear for the most part, except for religious buildings. I suggest pants as you will fit in with locals a lot more, but no one is going to say anything if you are walking around Amman in knee length shorts. (No one would say anything if you were wearing short shorts either, but it is more about respecting the culture and fitting in)

  7. Lna Anwar says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to my country! I had a big plastered smile on my face while reading your post; as I’m sure most Jordanians would be! I hope you have a wonderful time here in July.

  8. Andrea G says:

    Hii!! Love reading all your experience in Jordan, I get even more excited! My fiancé and I have had this trip planned to go in June but then discovered I’m pregnant.. I’ll be 6 months by the time we go.. do you think I should reconsider or still go. We r just planning 3 days in Dead Sea n 3 days in Petra w one day wadi Rum.

    • I guess the toughest part is going to be how do you feel? I felt great at that time in my pregnancies! It is very hot and a lot of walking in Petra, so if you do go, wear good shoes and drink a lot of water!

  9. Lupita Melchor says:

    Is it safe to travel to Aqaba? I am solo female travler and I was thinking of spending a couple days in Aqaba. Plan is to take the Jett bus to petra and back then next day to take the Jett bus to wadi rum, camp out there then bus back to Aqaba. Any advice would be great! thank you!

  10. EDMONDO LALARIO says:

    Do you know if is possible to go to visit Jerusalem in one day from Amman with organize tour

  11. Loved re-reading your post & tips again! We booked ourselves flights to Tel Aviv and flying back from Amman for Easter hols – planning to spend about 4 days in Israel and 6 in Jordan – any experience / advice for the border crossing? We’ve done Israel self driving amazing hols about 10 years ago and ventured to Tabah in Egypt but it will be our first time in Jordan.

    • You can definitively not take a rental car across the border, but need to change mode of transport, there are taxis and buses or you need to arrange something yourself in advance.

    • ohhh exciting!!! I have not crossed by land (yet) but I KNOW you will not be able to cross at King Hussein Bridge unless you already have a Jordan Visa. They do not issue them there. You can cross at the Southern or Northern borders though. I have heard that patience is required!

  12. Great article, thank you for the insight. I’m considering taking my kids to Jordan and Egypt in December and contemplating crossing the border to Jerusalem. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that and if you felt that would be safe in this political climate.

  13. Hazel Fallon says:

    On my trip to Istanbul, I made a good friend from Jordan, and he repeatedly told me it’s the safest of all Arab countries. But I still felt Jordan could be a bit more insecure for tourists than it is for locals. Your post dispelled my fears and doubts. I’m going to Amman this September. My friend is indescribably happy. Me too. Thank you for sharing your positive experience and warning against possible scams, dos and don’ts—that was immensely valuable for me.

  14. Alyson Long says:

    You answered my question, thanks. So Jordan is safe enough for us to visit. Perfect!

  15. Kaylie says:

    I came across your post via pinterest. A visit to Jordan has been on my mind but anytime I mention it to extended family they look at me like I am crazy. I’ve heard from people that have been they found it very safe, you’ve written such a beautiful post though that I’ll just refer those worry warts over here.

  16. Christine Chen says:

    Taking my family for two weeks in Israel in the spring. Wanted to take 2-3 days of the trip in Jordan to see Petra and Wadi Rum. Do you have any recommendations for a tour operator who will arrange a custom itinerary with transport from Eilat to Jordan that could help the border crossing from Israel? Or would it be better to overnight in Jordan to not worry about the border crossing times? Any recommendations???

    • Hi Christine,
      I personally don’t have experience crossing into Jordan from Israel as I flew into Queen Alia Airport and bought a visa on arrival (for my kids) and bought myself a Jordan Pass. I would highly suggest the Jordan pass as it includes your visitor visa and your entrance fees to the sites (including Wadi Rum and Petra – which is JD50 for just one day). Kids are free into the sites so I did not buy them passes (just the JD40 entry visa). I can give you a couple suggestions on a pickup from the border and tours of what you want to do and then return to the border. But if you want help at the border you likely need to pay for the express option or book a tour that includes Israel and Jordan and the tour operator will have someone on each side. If you send me an email carpediemourway@gmail.com I can email you some more info.

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  22. cengiz says:

    very good experience. I hope go to there one day.

  23. Anne says:

    It’s a shame that so many people have this belief that the Middle East is dangerous when many places we consider safe are considerably more dodgy. I found Jordan to be incredible so muc so that I’ve visited three times. The Dead Sea is amazing, Petra, wadi rum, Aqaba. It’s a very special place

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  25. Staci @Streamline365 says:

    Wow, thanks so much for all of this awesome info! We are Americans living in Kuwait and are planning a trip to Jordan for April. I’ve heard wonderful things, but always great to hear from a mom’s perspective! We have a 5, 4, and 2 year old so nothing is easy when it comes to travel, but this makes me realize it is totally doable, and will be an amazing trip!

  26. Rachel Pearson says:

    I love going to places that other people stay away from, having areas to yourself always feel special, especially historical and cultural sites! Thanks for writing such an informative piece, and changing our outlooks on this destination

  27. I’ve heard so many great things about Jordan from other bloggers – especially about how kind the people are! I’d absolutely love to go. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

  28. I feel like so many places that the media promotes as “dangerous” are actually the opposite. Glad to see you had a wonderful time in Jordan! I’d love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • is sure is frustrating, because when traveling with kids, well with traveling in General, safety is something to take into account! I could not believe the negative comments we go before our trip!

  29. Loredana says:

    A truly interesting article that, once again, shows that we should all keep an open mind. I never visited Jordan – so this article was insightful. I’d like to discover this country – it looks like if all is well organised, it is safe and beautiful. Oh, and I’d love to see those cats 😉

    • I was honestly surprised. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was definitely not what we found! Besides a little traffic chaos in Amman, everything was easy to navigate, organized, and none of the places we visited were busy!

  30. Amazing post! From the comfort of our homes we always see in television countries like Jordan that has consisted conflict in their territory or surrounding it. We immediately scratch it from our bucket list. So its great to hear that this os not the case.

    • I know right! Poor Jordan is such a tiny country surrounded by conflicts (or perceived conflicts – by the media). But only once you get there, do you see what it is really like!

  31. Natasha says:

    I live in Dubai and only made it to Jordan in March this year. I was blown away by the hospitality and kindness of the locals- and also by the incredible sight of Petra. I felt very safe at all times and every time I’m asked about safety in Jordan, I have to dispel the common fears that result out of negative media coverage when it comes to the Middle East.

  32. Punita says:

    Revelations can be so wonderful, but before revelations happen, one need to take a leap of faith. That’s where most of us get stuck!

  33. Sarah says:

    This is great! I love that you were so honest and that it ended up being an amazing trip. How many kids can say they’ve been to Jordan? I think that is so great. Congrats on winning the contest and getting out of your comfort zone – I can’t wait to see Jordan in person someday!

    • Thanks Sarah! It was definitely an amazing opportunity! My kids have NO IDEA how spoiled they are! They talk about vacations like its just another normal weekend activity! My Youngest always wants to know when we can go back to our “hotel”

  34. How lovely! Your post totally eases my fear. Now Jordan is in my bucket-list 🙂

  35. Jennifer says:

    We love Jordan! We visited during the Arab Spring and even then we never once felt unsafe. And we didn’t do a tour. We simply rented a car and drove around the entire country ourselves. While there are checkpoints, the armed police and military weren’t out of the norm for what we’re used to living here in Europe.

    I’m glad to hear you agree that Jordan felt completely safe and it’s a wonderful country everyone should visit. I also think it’s a wonderful introduction to the Middle East if you’ve never been to that region before.

    • Happy to hear of your experience Jennifer. We plan to go back and rent a car this time too! I want to lay on the beach in Aqaba, and be free to drive to the desert for a few days. While tours are great, slow travel is next on my list of to-do’s

  36. Vicki Louise says:

    I have wanted to go to Jordan for so so long, but have been put off in recent years because of the conflict in the surrounding countries. It’s great to hear that you felt safe and that none of your preconceptions were realised. I can’t wait to visit myself!

  37. Leah says:

    Jordan was my first Middle Eastern country and it was one of my most memorable trips. Ten days was not nearly long enough to experience all the country has to offer. Camping in Wadi Rum is an unforgettable experience, and one I would recommend to everyone. I never once felt unsafe during my time.

  38. Gokul Raj says:

    From the pictures Jordan looks like a desert and am not really a big fan of sand dunes. I am more like a mountain and beach person. Maybe I need to experience it atleast once in my life. i hope it will change my perspective.

    • There is a lot more to Jordan than sand. Aqaba in the South at the Red Sea has amazing scuba diving and beaches! that is where you will find me soon! Im a beach lover too!

  39. This is incredibly insightful. What an interesting time you had in Jordan and good to know that perhaps it was quite different to what you expected! It sounds like a fascinating place to visit, I’m sure it would help change some misconceptions out there if more people visited.