- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Natural Disasters and Climate
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:
Avoid non-essential travel until further notice:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
If you are currently travelling outside of Ireland:
Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate. For this reason, where commercial flights are still an option, we recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible.
We are working with airlines to show maximum flexibility to those passengers who need to change their existing flight arrangements. Where commercial flights are no longer available, we are working side-by-side with our international partners to identify alternative options where possible.
It may not be feasible or possible for everyone who wants to travel back to Ireland to do so in the short term. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements. We ask that they remain in close contact with family, friends and their local Irish Embassy or Consulate.
We know that this is a stressful situation for citizens and our embassy network is working around the clock to provide people with all the information and assistance that we can, bearing in mind the situation is unfolding across multiple countries and is not one under our control.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and especially their Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
We advise against all travel to the vicinity of the borders with Syria and Iraq; the northern and eastern borders respectively.
Latest travel alert
A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Jordan.
The Jordanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities. (Ministry of Health Facebook account is a good source of information www.facebook.com/mohgovjordan/
Since Tuesday 17 March 2020, all flights to and from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have been suspended until further notice. All land borders between Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have been closed indefinitely.
From Wednesday 18 March at 8am, Defence Law is being implemented in Jordan. This means that all people are advised to stay at home and leave only in cases of emergency. The Ministry of Health and the entirety of the private and public Health Sector is to remain open.
From Saturday 21 March at 7am, strict curfew has been implemented in Jordan, meaning that there is now a complete lockdown. The lockdown is anticipated to last indefinitely. People are prohibited from leaving their homes/places of residence, except in cases of medical emergency. Persons will be permitted to leave their homes on Tuesday 24 March to purchase necessary food and medical provisions (a further announcement is expected on this – please monitor @irlembjordan for updates). Irish citizens should note that the military and police are strictly enforcing this curfew – if you unlawfully leave your home/place of residence you are liable to be imprisoned for up to 1 year. The military and police are patrolling all streets, roads and highways in Jordan and are permitted to use force if necessary.
All public events and religious rituals have been cancelled, and all public gatherings have been prohibited. Most public places have been closed, including gyms, cinemas, swimming pools, sports/youth clubs until further notice. All educational institutions have been closed for 2 weeks from March 15.
For citizens displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, they should call 111, the Government helpline.
See links below for details.
Ministry of health: 00962-65004545/00962-778410186
Hotline (Ask about Corona) 111
Facebook for MoH: https//: www.facebook.com/mohgovjordan/
WHO international website: https://www.who.int/countries/jor/en/
If you are in Jordan, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.
- Avoid public or large groups of people and practice social distancing.
- wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
Effects of conflict in Iraq and Syria:
Travel to the border regions with Iraq and Syria should be avoided given the continued threat of cross-border violence, including the risk of terrorist attacks. The security situation in Syria continues to evolve and security threats in the form of instability or terrorist activity could arise with little or no notice.
Demonstrations regularly occur over the weekends in Amman, particularly on Thursday evenings, near the Prime Ministry at the 4th Circle. Similar demonstrations also occur in other towns or cities. Political demonstrations and gatherings, which can arise at short notice, should be avoided. These often occur in the downtown area of Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers. Follow the advice of local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.
Avoid travel to refugee camps in Jordan. These are managed by the Government of Jordan. You must receive the Government of Jordan’s approval for any travel into refugee camps.
There is an Irish Embassy in Amman, currently located at the 7th circle. During working hours, the Embassy can be contacted by phoning +962 6 550 3234, or via email. Outside of normal working hours and in the case of an emergency, please call +962 799732370.
Our tips for safe travels
- Caution about road travel and the risks of a road travel accident
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Regional developments have the potential to trigger popular unrest in Jordan, although the country hasn’t seen unrest on the scale of that elsewhere in the region. Due to the threat of cross border violence and terrorism on the Syrian and Iraqi border, we would strongly advise against all travel in the vicinity of these borders. We advise you to exercise caution in all other areas of Jordan. Demonstrations regularly occur over the weekends in Amman, particularly on Thursday evenings, near the Prime Ministry at the 4th Circle. All political demonstrations and gatherings should be avoided, both in Amman and other towns and cities. Demonstrations have the potential to result in violence.
There is a heightened risk of terrorism in Jordan and visitors need to be aware of the risk of a terror attack. Enhanced security measures are in place across Jordan, most visibly at hotels and shopping malls. Targets could include places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls and tourist sites. Other areas include government buildings and places of worship. You should take extra care, and in the event of an incident, follow the advice of the Jordanian authorities.
If you need the emergency help, contact the Irish Embassy in Amman. Emergency services can be reached by calling 911.
Most visits to Jordan are crime free but you should take all normal precautions while travelling:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together – leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as on public transport or in crowded downtown areas.
Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse. Women should:
- Dress conservatively
- Travel in groups
- Avoid travel, in particular while alone, during the dark
- Sit in the back seats of taxis.
If you’re a victim of crime while in Jordan, report it to the local police immediately. Contact the Irish Embassy in Amman if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Jordan, you should be extremely careful as there are a high number of road accidents and road conditions outside of Amman can be poor. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights.
- Be aware all cars must carry a fire extinguisher and warning triangle.
When taking a taxi, ask your hotel to recommend a reliable taxi company or driver. Women should not take yellow taxis (street taxis) on their own. If a woman has to take a taxi on her own, she should sit in the back seat. Uber and Careem are widely used in Amman and are generally good options for taxi travel.
Police perform random security checks of vehicles on Jordanian highways and when travelling by car, you should carry identification at all times to present at police checkpoints.
Hiring a Vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times. Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as inappropriate, improper, hostile or maybe even illegal.
Jordan is a conservative and predominantly Muslim society, and you should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religious. Dress conservatively outside of resorts (women’s clothes should cover their legs and upper arms), be aware of your actions and take care not to offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or other religious festivals, or if you intent to visit religious areas.
During Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. To avoid offence, you should not eat, drink or smoke in public during this time. You should also be aware that during Ramadan there is an increased risk of unrest as people are irritable and the roads, especially in Amman, are significantly busier and subsequently more dangerous at peak hours.
While you’re in Jordan, you’re subject to local laws, including ones that may seem harsh by Irish standards. Parents in particular should be aware that local laws regarding custody, etc. of children are significantly different to those in force in Ireland.
If you’re involved in local legal matters, particularly with regard to family law, we strongly advise you to get professional legal advice.
Under Jordanian law homosexuality is illegal. Public displays of affection between same sex couples may lead to arrest and incarceration so caution and discretion are advised at all times.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural Disasters and Climate
Natural disasters and climate
The temperature in some areas can reach over 40 degrees Celcius in the summer months. Remember to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Sand and dust storms can occur, particularly in desert areas.
There are occasional earthquake tremors in Jordan. These may lead to rock falls and landslides. If you’re travelling to or living in Jordan, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Drainage systems are poor, particularly on roads and highways. As a result of this driving becomes significantly more dangerous, even in Amman. During heavy rains flash flooding can occur and can often be damaging. The rainy season is typically from November until March. It is advised to follow local weather updates regularly, particularly during heavy rain.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish Citizens need a visa to enter Jordan. Tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at the Airport (Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, or at Aqaba airport in the south) for 40 JOD. These are valid for one month and can be extended for up to 3 months at a local police station. Visas can also be obtained from the Honorary Consul of Jordan in Dublin.
Tap water is not safe to drink; bottled water should be purchased instead.
If you travel between Jordan and Israel, you may experience difficulties or be refused entry to some other countries in the region if your passport has evidence of travel to Israel. This includes entry and exist stamps issued at the border crossing in Jordan or if your luggage has stickers indicating you have been to Israel.
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.