Jordanian Laws and Culture


The temperatures during the summer months can be as high as 48 degrees Celsius. During other parts of the year, it is still relatively hot and arid. Always drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.


Health facilities outside of major cities such as Amman may be lacking or very basic. Always purchase international medical insurance when traveling. In case of emergencies, you can always be evacuated to your home country or a nearby hospital capable of treating your illness or injury.

Make sure that you have all the necessary vaccinations before traveling to Jordan. Check with your government’s foreign office website to get up-to-date information on health outbreaks, diseases, and vaccination requirements.

Political Instability

Since early 2011, there have been many protests in parts of Jordan. Although they have not escalated to the same level of violence as they have in Egypt and Libya, there have been injuries and even one fatality. Be aware of local news while you are there, as conditions can change rapidly. Avoid public and crowded areas, especially during demonstrations.


There is a threat from terrorism in Jordan. Attacks tend to happen in places that are popular amongst foreign travelers and expatriates.


Although crime rates are generally low, travelers, especially women, should avoid situations where they may be sexually assaulted. Always travel in groups. If you are ever lost or alone, contact the police, who will take you to a safe place. Do not accept rides from strangers. If possible, try to use a cab driver that you know and are familiar with. If you are a short-term traveler, ask your hotel for the number of a reliable driver or taxi company.

Other crimes such as pick pocketing do occur. Keep your valuables and money secure, and stay aware of your surroundings.


Jordan is an Islamic country. Travelers should respect local laws and traditions, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you are near a holy site.

Do not try to convert Muslims to Christianity.

Dress modestly. Men should not go out in public topless and in shorts. Women should keep their legs, arms, chest, and shoulders covered.


Possession, use, or trafficking illegal drugs is a serious offence that is punishable by a long prison sentence and heavy fines.


Although there is no law that makes homosexual activity illegal, Jordan is a conservative country, and homosexuality is generally not tolerated. If you are caught engaging in sexual activity or displays of affection with another member of your sex, you may be subjected to a prison sentence and fine.

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