Health in Jordan

Health issues in Jordan: health situation and recommendations

When making such a long trip, it is essential to know what the hygienic and sanitary conditions of the destination country are. Therefore, in these lines we tell you everything you need to know at the level of health in Jordan: hospitals, vaccinations, potential risks during the circuit, useful tips, etc.

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Diseases and possible vaccinations

Jordan is a very safe country at the health level: there are no declared health alerts declared in relation to contagious or special risk diseases. Therefore, the current recommendations (as of September 2022) on vaccines are reasonable and common sense. This is the list of vaccines prepared by the Spanish Association of Vaccinology:

  • Yellow fever: mandatory for travelers from a country where this disease is endemic
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis: recommended (regardless of taking a trip to this country)
  • MMR: recommended (regardless of making a trip to this country)
  • Hepatitis A: recommended
  • Hepatitis B: recommended for select special travelers
  • Typhoid fever: recommended for select special travelers
  • Rabies: recommended for certain special travelers
  • Flu: recommended for select special travelers
  • Pneumococcal: recommended for select special travellers
Health in Jordan

Pharmacies, hospitals and health centers in Jordan

The general level of hospitals and health centres in Jordan it is good, especially in the big cities and especially in the capital, Amman. Private schools with good means and professionals, often trained abroad and fluent in English, tend to be better equipped. This can also be extrapolated to dentists. Pharmacies are usually well stocked with medicines and distributed throughout the towns, with enough presence in places of tourist interest, so their workers also speak some English.

Should I take out travel insurance?

Yes. In fact, it is mandatory in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In any case, even if it was not mandatory, it is highly recommended to have your backs covered in case of emergency. The most useful and basic coverages are payment to local professionals (either through exemption or reimbursement on return from travel), as well as repatriation treatments or services.

Main health risks in Jordan

Factors such as climate, local wildlife or hygiene levels in certain places can pose potential risks to your health in Jordan. They are not alarming, but it is convenient to know them to be able to act with caution, as we tell you in the section on Tips.

Heat and sunstroke: the great enemies

As we told you on the page about the weather, heat is one of
environmental factors to take into account during your trip. In summer, it conditions everything, so you must equip yourself properly to combat it. The main problems that heat can trigger are exhaustion, dizziness, dehydration and, in the worst case, heat stroke, which implies an erroneous functioning of the body’s own thermoregulation system: body temperature increases excessively, causing loss of consciousness or even death.

Related to the heat is also the insolation, which is extreme in desert areas and in the summer season. It can be a catalyst for the aforementioned problems and, in addition, can cause skin burns, vomiting, headaches and eye pain, among others.

Water: care for sensitive stomachs

In general, the quality of tap water is acceptable in places frequented by tourists, and even in certain areas of the south, as it comes directly from natural springs. However, the most sensitive stomachs may notice and accuse the change of water, which in some cases can mean diarrhea.

Mosquitoes and bedbugs: annoying travel companions

Another health risk in Jordan It’s insects. In particular, mosquitoes, which can make an appearance at night, for example in Bedouin tents in the desert. In the vast majority of cases, these undesirable travel companions can cause annoying bites, but not the transmission of diseases. On the other hand, the itching sensation can be even greater and annoying if you find bedbugs, which can inhabit the beds of the most humble accommodations (and less concerned about hygiene).

Exotic and dangerous animals: snakes and scorpions

More respect must be given to certain exotic animals because they represent a greater risk to the Bless you. In Jordan there is the presence of snakes, some of them venomous, such as Atractaspis engaddensis

, also known in English as Israel Mole Viper

. In case of bite, you will feel pain and swelling, and it is recommended to immobilize and bandage the affected area, to go right after to a doctor.

On the other hand, scorpions can also make an appearance in certain areas, such as Little Petra. This is the species Leiurus quinquestriatus

, also known as yellow scorpion or yellow Palestinian scorpion, and its stings will also cause intense pain, although its venom is not deadly, except in especially vulnerable people, such as those with heart problems or allergies.

Tips for your health in Jordan

Here is a list of some useful tips to take care of your health in Jordan:

  • Protect yourself from heat stroke: don’t forget to wear a cap or hat to protect your head, sunglasses to protect your eyes and long, light clothing to protect your skin. For the parts of the skin that remain in sight it is important to apply sunscreen with high sun factor
  • Drink bottled water whenever possible, as a preventive measure against possible poisoning
  • Carry water purification tablets. It will be useful when you do not have bottled water on hand
  • Stay well hydrated at all times, drinking water before feeling thirsty
  • Always carry a small travel kit. Although there are numerous pharmacies in the country, there are also large unpopulated areas where you will not have them within reach, especially on desert excursions. In this medicine cabinet should not miss:
    • Paracetamol
    • Antibacterial ointments
    • Antidiarrheals
    • Insect repellent for the body
    • Insect repellent for clothing
    • Antihistamines
    • Water purification tablets
    • Sunscreen
  • If you have a chronic illness, a major allergy or need specific medication on a daily basis, bring a written document where you prove it, signed by a specialist and in English, so that it can be read by a doctor if necessary. It is recommended to leave a copy in the cloud

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