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10 Best “off the beaten path” activities in Jordan during Covid-19

There are so many fantastic and safe outdoor activities in Jordan during covid that you can take part in whilst still practicing social distancing! Therefore, our team decided to share with you 10 of our favorite “off the beaten path” activities you can enjoy in the face of this pandemic.

We’re all in this together and everyone must make smart, informed decisions about what type of activities are safe. So, please remember, before you engage in new activities, ensure you are following proper hygiene, safety protocols and social distancing, and if you’re not feeling well, please stay at home.

1. Hike to Petra through the back door. 

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When in Jordan, you absolutely have to take the opportunity to discover the Nabataean city of Petra. Carved in beautiful red rock more than 2000 years ago, the impressive buildings and long staircases take present-day visitors back in time and hold many secrets to discover.

Once at the site, there are several trails to explore. But why not start already entering it through the back door? We highly recommend entering Petra following the Jordan Trail via the back route, which takes you on unbeaten paths past the Monastery (ad-Deir).

2. Hike part of The Jordan Trail from Ajloun Castle to Mar Elias Church and have lunch at Summaga Cafe.

 
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This hike goes through the fertile wadi with its lush vegetation and gardens to Mar Elias (Elijah) Church. At the end of the hike, you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch made by the local community at Summaga Cafe while enjoying the beautiful view of Ajloun Castle.

Local contacts are available on the Jordan Trail website.

3. Hike through Wadi Ghuweir and spend the night at Feynan Ecolodge.

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This hike is probably one of the most spectacular hikes in Jordan, starting from the Shoubak Plateau and descending through a colorful sandstone gorge, passing through hanging gardens. Its water flow changes throughout the year, so expect to get your feet wet or even fully wet when trying to cross one of the rainwater pools along the way. At the end of the wadi you will find yourself walking through the ruins of Feynan, one of the most ancient copper mining centers in the world.

 

After the adventurous hike, relax and enjoy a peaceful candlelit dinner at Feynan Ecolodge followed by stargazing on the roof.  On the next day, you can join one of the local activities offered at the Lodge, such as Arabic coffee making, Kuhol Making, and others.

 
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4. Stay in one of the wooden Cabins at Ajloun Nature Reserve.

 
10 Best “off the beaten path” activities in Jordan during Covid-19 (Ajloun)

The Ajloun Forest Reserve is an inviting and interesting location for visitors as it offers an exciting look into the wildlife and the landscape. Created by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, it offers several hiking trails that are easily accessible as well as an informative visitor center and other attractions including a soap house and calligraphy house.

5. Spend the night at one of the Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum and hike/scramble the highest peak in Jordan (Jabal Umm Al-Dami) early in the morning.

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The peak offers striking views to Wadi Rum’s rugged landscape, the Red Sea, and even Saudi Arabia’s vast desert. In fact, the mountain is located only a few hundred meters from the border with this country. Starting this hike early morning has its advantages: Less heat, avoid running into other tourists, and good light for your pictures!

6. Spend the night at Beit Al-Baraka in Umm Qais.

 
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Visiting the famous ancient ruins of Umm Qais with an amazing view to the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee is already an unforgettable experience. That can only be enhanced by a little taste of local culture with Baraka Destinations. There you can try seasonal local experiences like basket weaving, beekeeping, and many others.

Baraka Destinations was created to partner with local communities in secondary tourism sites and together design and build tourism experiences that showcase their hometown to curious travelers.

7. Hike through Zubia Forest and have lunch at a local family house in Orjan or Rasoun.

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Start your hike from Bergesh forest and head east down the forested Wadi Zubia, hike passing by dense and great forests, spotting caves and ruins along the way. It’s a walk through history while you can enjoy the natural and greenish scenery until you reach the Roman Ruins of Qabla.

Local contacts are available on the Jordan Trail website.

8. Go on a boat ride and enjoy snorkeling or diving followed by a BBQ lunch on board.

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Lie by the beach in Aqaba is already worth the trip. But the Red Sea is known for its beauty and diversity of coral reefs and marine life, so why not experience all it can offer us? All onboard for a fascinating boat ride through the Gulf of Aqaba where you will stop at the best snorkeling and diving spots and enjoy a BBQ in the middle of the sea.

9. Join some of Aqabawi’s local experiences

 
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Aqabawi is a newer startup, from a young entrepreneur. The name refers to someone from Aqaba, Jordan and the company links customers with local experiences “off the beaten path” in the southern region of Aqaba. Aqabawi is pretty unique in its region juxtaposed with the surrounding large commercial hotels and 5-star resorts that dominate tourism in Aqaba.

Additionally, the company provides really the first local experience network provider in Aqaba, while previously almost all of Jordan’s tailored “local experiences” for tourists were based in Amman and northern Jordan.

10. Visit Beit Al-Beiruty and experience the traditional life in Madaba

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Once in Madaba, you will see ancient beautiful mosaics. But you can also learn how to make them. At Beit Al Beiruty they accommodate local community businesses with interactive experiences.

One of the special experiences you can try is Mosaic making, which starts with an introduction to the Byzantine mosaic technique and history. Afterward, you will practice the principles of texture, composition, and marble tile cutting to create your own mosaic to take home.

For this experience and other authentic local experiences, check out Sawwah Travel.

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Coronavirus Updates Jordan – Tourism

This post is being updated with new information regarding Jordan’s reopening to tourism after closing due to coronavirus. What you need to know regarding Coronavirus updates Jordan and tourism to the country in this time.

 

Jordan has Reopened to Tourism!

     

Current Tourism Situation in Jordan:

 

January 18, 2020 – Big Update

  • Tourists are no longer required to self-quarantine after arrival.
  • Travelers must still test negative on a COVID-19 72 hours before arrival and complete a second COVID-19 test after arrival at the airport in Jordan.
  • The website https://www.visitjordan.gov.jo / https://www.gateway2jordan.gov.jo (Ministry & Tourism Board’s COVID Website) will no longer need to be used for tourist arrivals.
  • Flights to Jordan are now scheduled to increase
 

November 20, 2020  

  • Now there is a mandatory home qurantine of one week for all travelers. The green, yellow, red country system has now been scrapped.
  • Travelers no longer have to stay at the aiport to await the results of their Covid (PCR) test. Now the result will be texted to you. (As noted in Aiprot section below on Oct. 12, 2020)
 

To clairfy traveling to Jordan now requires the below steps:

  1. All arriving passengers are required to visit https://www.visitjordan.gov.jo to complete the required form and to obtain the QR Code which is mandatory for boarding all flights to Jordan.
  2. COVID (PCR) test with a negative result within 5 days (120 hours) prior to departure. (Not required for children under 5 years old)
  3. Another COVID test at airport upon arrival
  4. Install (AMAN Application) on your cell phone
  5. Submit Passenger Health Declaration and Locator Form
  6. Have a valid Health Insurance that covers COVID19 treatment for the whole period of the intended visit
  7. One week home qurantine
  8. At the end of the mandatory home quarantine, another PCR test is required

*Any passenger who gives falsified or incorrect information is subject to a fine of 10,000 JD

 
 

October 5, 2020  

If coming from a Green Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests:

Update: You are subject to one week home qurantine.

 

If coming from a Yellow Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests:

Update: You are subject to one week home qurantine.

 

If coming from a Red Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests:

Update: You are subject to two weeks home qurantine.

 

September 14, 2020  

Jordan announced their system for allowing in travelers from aborad. Countries are classified into three distinctions: Green, Yellow, Red.

 

If coming from a Green Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests, you are free to go.

 

If coming from a Yellow Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests, you must do one week of institutional qurantine (at a hotel), and then one week home qurantine.

 

If coming from a Red Country:

  • COVID test within 5 days prior to departure
  • COVID test at airport upon arrival (stay at airport until test received.)
 

Upon passing the two COVID tests, you must do one week of institutional qurantine (at a hotel), and then one week home qurantine with a tracking bracelet.

June 15, 2020

Jordan is currently in a stable situation with a very low Coronavirus count. From a health perspective, Jordan has performed as one of the best countries in the world in dealing with Coronavirus. Now we are looking forward to taking advantage of the hard work early on to enjoy opening up the country again gradually, safely, and responsibly.

All sectors of the economy except for the highest risk are now open with some health-related restrictions/regulations. People must wear masks when entering public buildings, businesses, taxi’s/Ubers/other car-sharing, or other places where services are available to the public.

For the latest numbers, you can check a website created by the Jordan’s Ministry of Health here: https://corona.moh.gov.jo/en

Airport

 

Status: Open (moderate capacity).

 

October 12, 2020
You no longer have to stay at the airport until you receive the results of your Covid test upon arrival. Now, you can leave the airport and they will send you the results by text message. (Roya News)

 

October 5, 2020
Update on airport procedures: Upon arriving at the airport and taking the test you will need to wait between 2-5 hours to receive your test result.

From what we have heard, there is only a small kiosk where you can purchase water, so we suggest packing water, snacks, and things to occupy the time accordingly.

 

September 1, 2020
Speculation: Jordan is starting with a limited number of flights from just a few locations, while they iron out the details of how to best implement proper safety plans. Then they will likely increase the number of locations and flights that are able to fly to Jordan accordingly.

 

Aiport to open up to some international tourist by the end of July – July 5th, 2020

 

At the moment are expecting international tourism to reopen likely sometime in July or August 2020. (Health Minister: QAIA won’t reopen before July 1) – May 28, 2020

Land Border between Jordan and Israel / Palestine Reopening to Tourism

 

Opening Date: TBD

Many tourist like to combine their trip to Jordan with a visit to Jerusalem and other sites in the “holyland” and vice versa. Currently, the coronavirus situation in Israel / Palestine is not very good, so we do not expect the land borders to open up in the short term. At this point it is too early for us to speculate on when they may be open.

However, we would advise people thinking of traveling to Jordan not to worry too much, Jordan has plenty of amazing sites and things to do. For travel ideas in Jordan check out 10 Best “Off The Beaten Track” Activities In Jordan During COVID-19

Experience Jordan’s Current Situation

 

Weekly Walks are back!

After a couple-year break, we have brought back our day trips for locals and expats on the weekend! Our first trip was on July 10th to Wadi Ghuweir and was sold out! Upcoming adventures can be found on our Day Trips page where you can browse through all of the hikes along the Jordan Trail, through wadis, and more!

If you are looking to socialize, meet new people, get out of Amman, and experience new adventures in Jordan, try out one of these trips! Stay up to date on new trip openings and other related announcements by following our Facebook page.We’ll be posting every couple of days as we add more trips. We hope to keep this going post coronavirus and into the future!

We have downsized our team and our staff are currently working at a reduced capacity. However, we have positioned to ramp back again quickly once tourism picks up.

Jordan’s Plan to Reopen Domestically

 

Jordan announced a 5-phase plan to reopening the economy titled “Working Together to Reopen.” The five phases are bases on the number of new coronavirus cases or the percentage of positive test results each day for a given week.

Each Phase has a “Health Risk Trigger” explained above, and then a description of what that phase level entails. The highest level, Phase 5, is called “Critical Risk, while the lowest level, Phase 1, is titled “Low Risk – New Normal.” Jordan is currently in Phase 2: Moderate Risk. In order for Jordan to get to Phase 1: “Low Risk” the protocol calls for no new local cases for 14 consecutive days. Phase 1 seems to indicate a full reopening of all sectors with ongoing social distancing measures and testing.

The reason you are seeing “local cases” is because Jordan is repatriating its citizens from abroad and testing truck drivers at the border. Cases from each of those situations add to Jordan’s official total coronavirus count but are in reality external cases that do not indicate the coronavirus spread level within the country. Further, these cases account for a large portion of Jordan’s new coronavirus cases.

For more details on the plan, you can check it out here: https://corona.moh.gov.jo/en/Together-to-Reopen

New Protocols & Regulations

 

Other Helpful Links
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