Population: 9.456 million
Official language: Arabic
Time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)
Emergency #: 911
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No
Popular tourist destinations in Jordan include the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, the Jordan Trail, Petra, Zl-Khazneh, and Mount Nebo.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Jordan may differ from your home country. Jordan has both public and private health sectors. Medical services in Amman and Irbid generally meet international standards but care in rural areas is often inadequate. Jordan has a relatively high supply of doctors compared to other countries in the region. The public sector provides the majority of the country’s care, but the private sector provides a higher standard of care.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Jordan typically require upfront payment in cash, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance coverage to reimburse you and cover any additional medical costs. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Jordan.
Pharmacies generally have an adequate supply of medication, but some medications may be in short supply or temporarily unavailable. Many drugs are dispensed without a prescription. However, taking medication without consulting a doctor is not advisable. Patients typically receive little counselling from their pharmacist regarding their prescription. Avoid buying medication from markets or unlicensed pharmacies, as fake medication is a concern.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Jordan's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a narcotic or psychotropic, you can review Jordan's regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Road conditions in Jordan can vary and traffic is often chaotic. Road rules are rarely followed or enforced. The country has a relatively high road traffic related death rate. Seat belts are required for all front seat passengers and drivers, but should be worn by all passengers at all times.
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