Since I returned from my trip to Jordan in May 2016, I have been a strong advocate for travel there – especially among my U.S. friends who may not be well-informed about safety, security, and stability ‘on the ground’ in Jordan.
It was therefore heartbreaking for me to learn that Jordan was included in the recent ‘electronics ban’ for direct flights coming from several Middle Eastern airports.
After a heated discussion with Mr. Valise, I have conceded: obviously, there is some major national intelligence that suggests there’s a real threat to our health and safety when we bring computers, tablets, and other large devices into the cabin. Perhaps some people intend to do us harm by using these devices to create bombs or other weapons. I don’t know – and I don’t need to know to understand that such a ban is important for safety.
However, I have been to Jordan. I can confidently say that most Jordanians are friendly, welcoming, and want to both encourage tourism in Jordan, and to peacefully travel the world themselves. The electronics ban is frustrating to travelers who can help support local economies, and easily bypassed by booking ‘non-direct’ flights.
Because I still want to encourage you to visit Jordan, I have done the research to show you how it’s possible – and how to fly through airports where you probably won’t need to check your electronics. The rules may change; additional countries may join the ban. At this point, this can serve as a resource to help you visit Jordan and still be able to work on your laptop on the flights.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to undermine efforts by those countries who believe there is a threat to their national security. If requested by a security official, you should be expected to check your electronics in your luggage at any airport you travel through.
How I Picked Flights for this Guide
The primary Jordanian airline affected by the electronics ban is Royal Jordanian, so I used their route map to create this guide.
Royal Jordanian flies direct to Jordan from four North American airports: New York (JFK), Montreal, Detroit, and Chicago. I have researched options other than these direct flights which require you to make a layover in a European country without the electronics ban.
On the above map, this means I looked at flights which flew to ‘red’ cities in Europe (those which offer direct flights to Amman). As you can see, there are plenty of options if you want to shop around. I used Kayak Explore to find the prices in this guide, and recommend you use Skyscanner to search for and book specific flights.
Flights to Jordan from New York City
New York is the biggest destination from which you can reach Jordan by direct flight. If you are looking to fly from New York to Amman, here are non-direct flight options:
- Frankfurt, Germany: As low as $453
- Athens, Greece: As low as $541
- Zurich, Switzerland: As low as $554
Flights to Jordan from Montreal
Montreal is the only Canadian city from which you can get a direct Royal Jordanian flight to Amman. Instead of flying direct, consider flying through these European cities:
- Berlin, Germany: As low as $390
- Madrid, Spain: As low as $549
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: As low as $555
- Rome, Italy: As low as $556
Flights to Jordan from Detroit
Personally, I find Detroit an unusual option for Royal Jordanian’s flight maps, but you have great options from around the Midwest U.S. to Detroit if you want to go to Amman. Instead of flying direct, consider routing through these cities:
- Bucharest, Romania: As low as $586 (read more about Bucharest!)
- Athens, Greece: As low as $601
Flights to Jordan from Chicago
Chicago is a great hub for international flights, so you have some awesome options to choose from instead of a direct flight to Amman. Here are some of the best:
- Paris, France: As low as $572
- Athens, Greece: As low as $576
- Rome, Italy: As low as $586
Flights to Jordan from other Major US Airports
If you’re not in one of the above cities but still want to fly to Jordan, try these other European cities as a layover en route.
- From Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Athens ($574) or Bucharest ($611)
- From Atlanta (ATL) – Bucharest ($688) or Madrid ($712)
- From Los Angeles (LAX) – Barcelona ($309), Paris ($377), or Madrid ($473)
- From Denver (DEN) – Amsterdam ($472) or Munich ($622)
- From San Francisco (SFO) – Berlin ($400), Paris ($544), or Zurich ($616)
- From Las Vegas (LAS) – Berlin ($451) or Amsterdam ($529)
- From Seattle (SEA) – Frankfurt ($453) or Athens ($541)
Read More About Visiting Jordan:
I have several other articles about Jordan you might find helpful when planning your trip:
- 8 Unexpected Surprises I Had in Jordan
- What to Pack for Women Traveling to Jordan
- Jordan Film Locations You Can See For Yourself
- 10 Days in Jordan: The Ultimate Itinerary & Travel Guide
Have other questions about visiting Jordan or how to get there? I’m happy to answer in the comments!