Considering a Move to Jordan

Moving to Jordan from another country may result in some culture shock, but there’s a lot about Jordan that may be surprisingly similar to what you’re used to. Planning the move, however, can be complicated due to the fact that moving to any other country is going to be more work than moving to another city in your own country. If you’re ready to move to Jordan, here are some things that you should prepare for in order to make the move as smooth as it can be.

Have Your Documents Ready

Before you can move to Jordan, you and your family will need to have a number of documents. Each person, even your children, will need to have a passport and a residence visa. These documents can get you into the country, although you will also want to have obtained a work permit before moving. If you’re going to be shipping in large pieces of furniture and other items, you’ll also want to have documentation on the shipment, including your inventory and authorisation letter. In some cases, you may need to have your lease or other housing documents with you.

Finding Work

While the phosphate mines located in the southern part of the country may have built up Jordan’s economy, today the IT and software industries drive the country’s income. Many expatriates in Jordan work in IT or in communications, investments, and transportation. Some also work in education and media. While the country is predominantly Muslim and the official language is Arabic, almost everyone speaks some English so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier at work. Even those who choose to settle in a smaller town will find it fairly easy to communicate.

Finding a Home

Moving to a new country means leasing or buying a house. Before you can purchase Jordan real estate, however, you do need to make certain that the country you’re moving from has a reciprocal relationship with Jordan. In addition to this, you will also need to obtain permission from the Cabinet and work with other specific government departments to register your new property. The Lands and Surveys Department will be involved in the actual purchase of your new home, while the Ministry of Finance will handle tax documents.

Leasing is easier, of course, and may be a good option for your first home in Jordan. This is especially true if you don’t know the area well and aren’t sure where you want to live. One law to take note of is that once foreigners purchase a property, they are not allowed to sell it for five years. If you have some question about where you want to reside in Jordan, it’s better to lease first and buy later.


If you have children, you will naturally be curious about the education system in Jordan. The country is very invested in education and it’s considered a priority by the government. There are international schools available that conduct lessons in English so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier for your children, although most of these schools are located in the capital city of Amman.


Terry Cantrell

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