Living in Jordan

Advice for British people living in Jordan, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.


This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Jordan, including advice on health, education benefits, residence requirements and more. For general information about Jordan visit the YouinJordan website. We are unable to provide any additional guidance on general lifestyle enquiries beyond the information and links listed below. See Our Services section for more information on the services we can provide for British nationals.


Before coming to Jordan, visit the Health section of our Travel Advice pages.

For information on accessing healthcare in Jordan, visit the Ministry of Health’s website.

Medical facilities outside Amman are basic. In an emergency you should seek treatment in Amman. Emergency treatment is also available in Aqaba. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Some medicines (accepted in the UK) containing psychotropic substances are also forbidden, so check out for further information. If you are using prescribed drugs it is advisable to carry a doctor’s note. If you are bringing prescription drugs into Jordan you may need to seek prior agreement from the authorities. You should check with the nearest Jordanian embassy or consulate BEFORE you travel.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.


For information about studying in school visit the Ministry of Education’s website. For information about studying in Jordan and lists of public and private colleges and universities in Jordan, visit the Ministry of Higher Education’s website.

Employment and recognised qualifications

For information on employment in Jordan, visit the Ministry of Labour’s website. For recognition of UK educational qualifications and details of their verification services, check with the British Council in Jordan.

Entry and residence requirements

For information on entry requirements, visit our Travel Advice pages. British nationals usually receive an entry visa upon arrival.

Working without the proper visa is illegal. You cannot undertake any kind of paid employment without first obtaining a work visa. If caught, you will face imprisonment.

For information on immigration and residency, you should contact the Immigration and Residency Department (Tel: +962 6 550 5360).

Social ethics and traditions

Our Travel Advice offers an extensive overview of the Jordanian culture, traditions and social ethics in the country. The official portal of the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism also offers information on Jordanian local customs as well as a guide on popular touristic sites.

The vast majority of British expatriates have a trouble free and enjoyable time while staying in Jordan. Foreign and Commonwealth Office research shows that the majority of difficulties that British nationals find themselves in abroad can be avoided. Respecting local laws and customs can help you avoid getting into trouble

Leaving Jordan

If you have been resident of Jordan and are leaving for good, you will need to cancel your residency status, close all your accounts (bank and credit cards) and pay off fines or debts. Failure to do so could delay your departure or mean you are marked on the immigration system as an absconder or debtor. This could cause problems in the future, even if you only transit in Jordan.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 9 January 2014