Jordan Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio Yes 2
malaria no
Eat Drink


The medical care in Amman is good, outside of Amman, depending on the area, it does not correspond to Western European standards or only to a limited extent. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who are over one year old and arrive from an infected area designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers in Jordan. [2] The proven cases of polio in Syria play an important role in the increasing flow of refugees to Jordan. Travelers should therefore definitely check their vaccination against poliomyelitis (polio).

Food and drink

The tap water is heavily chlorinated. Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before drinking, brushing your teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should not be consumed. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. There are isolated cases of severe respiratory infections caused by the coronavirus (MERS-CoV, the abbreviation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus). It is unclear exactly where and how people in different countries can get infected. Close contact with camels and bats should be avoided as they are suspected to be carriers of disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that very close contact with sick people can also lead to transmission from person to person. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. There is also a risk of HIV infection in Jordan. The known risks should be avoided. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by sandflies, occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Rabies occurs nationwide. The main carriers are stray dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health certificate

For long-term stays, an English-language HIV test is required. Tourists are not usually affected. Travelers who are in possession of anti-HIV medicines will be considered to be infected with HIV and as a result may face expulsion from Jordan.



1 Jordanian dinar = 100 piasters = 1000 fils. Currency code: JD, JOD (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 JD. Coins are in denominations of ½ dinar and ¼ dinar, 10 piasters, 5, 2 1/2 and 1 piaster. The JD is pegged to the US dollar. Because of the high depreciation of the rial, so-called Iran checks are in circulation instead of banknotes and are used as a common means of payment. They are exclusively issued by the Central Bank of Iran.

Credit cards

Common credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club are accepted in hotels, restaurants and larger shops in tourist areas. Cash is usually required in the souks and smaller shops. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used in many tourist areas at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer accepted in Jordan.

Bank opening hours

Sat-Thu 08.30-15.00. Ramadan: 08.30-10.00, partly also open in the afternoon.

Foreign exchange regulations

Import of local currency and foreign exchange in cash up to the equivalent of 10,000 JD permitted, beyond that there is a duty to declare. Export of foreign currencies only up to the amount declared. Israeli currency cannot be brought into Jordan but can be exchanged at the border.

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. Due to the unfavorable exchange rates in Jordan, foreign currencies should be changed into the Jordanian national currency before the trip to Jordan. US dollars are particularly suitable for taking with you. Upscale hotels also exchange money, but the exchange is the most expensive there.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
1 CHF = 0.88 JD
1 USD = 0.71 JD

Jordan Money