What is the drinking age in Jordan

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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

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Epidemiological situation

Jordan has been hard hit by COVID-19; Recently, however, the number of new infections has declined. Nationwide, the number of new infections exceeds more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why Jordan is classified as a risk area.
The Jordanian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry is subject to restrictions. All flight passengers must have a negative PCR test result, which must not be older than 120 hours upon entry. Airlines may specify a shorter period due to entry regulations in transit countries. Immediately after arrival, another fee-based PCR test must be completed. The result is sent by SMS, for which a mobile phone number must be given. Proof of health insurance that also covers treatment costs as a result of a COVID-19 illness must be provided. People who left India less than 14 days ago are currently not allowed to enter.

Transit and onward travel

The following Jordanian land borders are currently open under certain conditions (e.g. limitation of the number of people): Al-Omari and Al-Mudawwarah (with Saudi Arabia), Sheikh Hussein and King Hussein Bridge (with the West Bank and Israel) and Jaber (with Syria). Commercial truck transport across land borders is still allowed. Please contact your local authorities for more information.

Travel connections

Queen Alia International Airport is open. The international travel connections are still limited and take place irregularly.

Restrictions in the country

There is currently a general, nightly curfew, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for private individuals and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for businesses. Additional nationwide or local all-day curfews can be ordered at short notice at any time.

Hygiene rules

There is a duty to wear a face mask and gloves when entering shops, companies, ministries, institutions and public buildings. Meetings and celebrations with more than 20 people are not permitted. Violations can be punished with fines.

  • Find out about current entry requirements at the Jordanian embassy or the Jordanian tourism association that is responsible for you.
  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions of local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Observe the applicable regulations, especially the curfew, and inform yourself regularly about the current regulations. Violations are subject to fines or imprisonment, among other things.
  • Keep up to date on local and social media.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When returning to Germany, please note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if applicable, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information can be found in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

We strongly advise against traveling to the Syrian-Jordanian border area and to the north-east of the country in the border region with Iraq.

terrorism

In Jordan, particularly due to the situation in Syria and Iraq, there is a nationwide risk of terrorist attacks, including in places visited by foreigners. The Jordanian authorities have therefore increased their security measures.

Domestic situation

From trips to the Syrian-Jordanian border area as well as to the northeast of the country in the border region with Iraq due to repeated incidents on the borders with Syria and Iraq strongly discouraged. Both the Syrian-Jordanian and the Iraqi-Jordanian border areas are restricted military areas in which special regulations apply.
Due to the geographical proximity to the neighboring states of Syria and Iraq and the high number of refugees in the region with isolated disputes, further developments on the ground should always be followed closely.

In Jordan, both in Amman and in other cities and towns in the country, especially on the weekends after Friday prayers, there are frequent demonstrations and protests in which various sections of the population articulate their economic, social and political demands. This can lead to traffic disruptions and occasional violent clashes.

crime

The crime rate in Jordan is low. Small crimes such as pickpockets, but also vehicle theft in Amman, break-ins in vehicles, especially in the Dead Sea / Wadi Mujib area, and isolated sexual crimes occur particularly in places that are heavily frequented by tourists.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe
  • Do not leave valuables or documents in unattended vehicles. At best, use supervised parking spaces there.
  • As a woman traveling alone, be particularly careful and, if possible, be accompanied by trustworthy people.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged friends. Do not share any data about yourself, but if necessary make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

In the eastern and southern parts of the country there is a desert climate, in the mountains on the edge of the Jordan Rift it is Mediterranean, on the Red Sea coast it is subtropical.

In the autumn and winter months, especially after periods of drought after precipitation, sudden floods and flash floods can occur.

The entire west of Jordan is in a seismically active zone, so earthquakes can occur.

  • Keep track of weather reports on a regular basis.
  • Before hiking in mountains / river valleys (wadi), find out more about the dangerous situation from tour guides, tour operators or local authorities.
  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake behaviors. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There is a domestic airline network, intercity buses, taxis and rental cars. The road network is well developed. The number of traffic accidents and road deaths in Jordan is increasing - foreigners are also more and more affected. Roads outside the big cities are sometimes poorly or not at all illuminated. Hardly recognizable obstacles such as animals on the road, potholes, parked vehicles and sudden turning maneuvers by unlit trucks are dangerous.
Drinking and driving is strictly forbidden, the zero alcohol limit applies. The police may arrest those involved in traffic accidents through no fault of their own, causing personal injury.

In the Jordan Valley, the governorates of Blaqa and Irbid, and in the Syrian border area, the governorates of Irbid and Mafraq, there are still a few landmines from past armed conflicts, which are normally cordoned off and marked.

  • Take extra care when traveling with your own vehicle or rental car.
  • Only make trips into the desert in groups of several off-road vehicles and make sure that there is sufficient supply of water, food, fuel and spare parts.
  • It is not advisable to travel overland after dark.
  • If in doubt, do not leave the main roads in the Jordan Valley or pay attention to the warning signs for land mines.

Driving license

In many cases, the German driving license (in EU format) is recognized as sufficient. However, it is advisable to have an international driver's license with you, which is only valid in conjunction with the national German driver's license.

LGBTIQ

Although Jordanian law does not prohibit sexual acts between people of the same sex, homosexuality is not socially tolerated. Jordan does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Legal specifics

Offenses against the Narcotics Act are punished with long-term imprisonment (up to life imprisonment) for even the smallest quantities and for any type of drug. The conditions of detention are tougher than in Germany. Jordanian criminal law includes the death penalty, which continues to be carried out.

There is a strict ban on photography of military installations and facilities. Lese majesty is also a punishable offense.

If you are involved in legal proceedings in Jordan, it must be expected that the Jordanian authorities will withhold your travel documents until the proceedings are completed or that an exit ban will be imposed for the duration of the proceedings.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). Cash withdrawals at marked ATMs with credit and debit cards and payment with credit cards are usually possible in the places visited by tourists. You can exchange cash for euros or US dollars at many exchange offices and banks.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. Legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods can only be obtained directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:

Travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry.

visa

German citizens need a visa to enter the country.

Visa before entry

A visa can be applied for at the responsible diplomatic mission abroad before entering the country. Visas for multiple entries to Jordan are only issued by the Jordanian diplomatic missions abroad such as the Embassy of the Kingdom of Jordan in Berlin.

Visa on entry ("on arrival")

The visa can also be applied for on arrival at Queen Alia International and Aqaba airports. The visa fee of currently 40 JOD must be paid immediately in Jordanian dinars at the airports (exchange offices / ATM available).

Entry from Israel

The visa can be applied for when entering via the border crossings Aqaba / Yitzhak Rabin (near Eilat) and Sheikh Hussein Bridge (northern border). Tour operators offer excursions through border clearance (for a fee), so that a visa is not required, but copies of passports must be sent in advance.

Please note that no visas will be issued when entering via the King Hussein Bridge from the West Bank (Palestinian Territories). When entering Jordan for the first time via the King Hussein Bridge, a visa must therefore be applied for at the Jordanian diplomatic mission in advance.

If you are planning a trip from Israel to Jordan by land, if in doubt, it is recommended that you contact the Jordanian embassy in Berlin or Tel Aviv prior to travel.

Long-term stay

If you intend to stay in Jordan for more than four weeks, you must go to the police station responsible for your whereabouts before the end of the first four weeks of your stay to request an extension. To do this, you must use the entry stamp in your passport to prove that you have crossed the border or entered the country. When entering via the King Hussein Bridge, make sure that this stamp is stamped on the passport and not on a separate insert slip. If necessary, this can be done at the responsible Residence Department in Amman, but this is very time-consuming. An extension by the police station for up to six months from the date of entry is possible. In this case, a medical examination is required.

Immigration control

Germans who were born in the region (but not in Jordan), especially those of Iraqi, Syrian or Palestinian descent, must expect to be refused entry or questioned by the Jordanian security authorities. In individual cases, travelers can also be invited to a meeting the following day. It is imperative that you obey this request, otherwise you will be refused exit. Those affected are therefore advised not to obtain visas at the airport, but in Germany.

Israeli stamps or stamps from the Jordanian border crossing points to Israel in the passport can lead to rejection when traveling on to neighboring Arab countries (except Egypt).

Minors

Minors (under both Jordanian and German law up to the age of 18) who are not accompanied by a custodian must carry a written confirmation signed by the custodian in English and German with them stating the permission of the custodian to carry out this trip. This confirmation must contain the complete entry and exit data, name (s) of the custodians, names of the child and accompanying persons. The confirmation must also include a copy of the passport of the person / s with custody.

For minors who have entered Jordan with their Jordanian father or whose Jordanian father is in Jordan, the following applies: If they are not accompanied by their father when leaving, the latter must agree in writing that the minors may leave Jordan. The declaration must be certified by the local authorities. The embassy is aware of cases in which the Jordanian father unexpectedly decided to stay in Jordan permanently while the family was on vacation together. In this case, the child cannot return home without the consent of the father. If the child has a Jordanian surname in a German identification document, the Jordanian authorities suspect that the child also has Jordanian citizenship. For this reason alone, departure can be made dependent on the father's written consent.

Import regulations

You are allowed to bring cash up to the equivalent of JOD 15,000 into the country. You must notify the Jordanian customs authorities of any excess amounts. You can import travel items including laptop and camera duty-free, but have to take them out again. You can carry up to one liter of alcohol with you, and 200 cigarettes and 200g tobacco are also duty-free. The import of weapons, radios, narcotics and pornographic literature is prohibited. The export of antiques and corals is also prohibited.

Entry with a vehicle

When importing a car, you must present an international driver's license, an international registration and a Triptyk or Carnet de Passages (border crossing permit) at the border. These documents are available for a fee from the German automobile clubs. European liability insurance does not apply in Jordan. Temporary liability insurance must therefore be taken out at the border, which costs around 22 JOD or more. After three months, an imported vehicle has to be declared, whereby the duty is over 100% of the value estimated by the authorities.The age of the vehicle is not subject to any restrictions and is irrelevant for the customs tariff. The permanent importation of diesel cars is excluded for private individuals. The temporary import (up to three months) of diesel vehicles is difficult and only possible with a permit. This is issued for a fee directly at the border.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

The WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health in January 2019. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from a yellow fever area or staying for more than 12 hours in transit through a yellow fever area, all persons aged 1 and over must provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination.
When entering from a polio area, all travelers must provide proof of vaccination against poliomyelitis (polio) within the last 12 months up to 4 weeks before departure from the polio area.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

HIV / AIDS

The incidence of HIV infection in Jordan is very low. However, there is a fundamental risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases and cholera can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

This infectious disease has been causing occasional severe respiratory diseases, primarily in countries of the Arabian Peninsula, since 2012. The cause is a coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the biology of which has not been conclusively clarified. Camels appear to be involved in transmission to humans. Transmissions from person to person only occurred when there was very close contact with the sick, see MERS Coronavirus leaflet.

  • Avoid unnecessary contact with camels to prevent disease.

More infectious diseases

In particular, some mosquito-borne infectious diseases occur, but are generally rare (e.g. leishmaniasis, phlebotomus fever). Make sure you have adequate insect protection (e.g. repellants, mosquito nets, long-sleeved clothing). Brucellosis can be transmitted through unpasteurized dairy products.

Air pollution

Medical supplies

The level of care in Amman is very good. The two large private maximum care hospitals, the Al-Khalidi Medical Center and the Arab Medical Center, deserve special mention here. Outside the capital, severe restrictions are to be expected, especially with regard to the emergency services in the event of accidents.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take an individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information for your travel destination

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.