No plans to hike entry fees in Petra — official

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In this archive photo, a visitor looks on the Treasury in Petra. (Photo: Zoe Sottile/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Starting July, visitors will only be allowed entry into Petra if they have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at least 21 days prior. اضافة اعلان

This move constitutes efforts to make Jordan’s Golden Triangle, which includes Petra, Aqaba, and Wadi Rum, a Covid-safe travel destination.

According to Suleiman Farajat, chief commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), “almost 90 per cent of all service staff is vaccinated.”

He added that there are “no plans whatsoever to raise fees.” Currently, Jordanian, Arab, and international visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of JD1, JD10, and JD50 respectively to enter the Rose City.

“Normally, summertime is a low season for international travel. Now that we have the Urdonna Janah program, we expect more Jordanians in the next two months,” he said. The program was launched in 2020 with the goal of stimulating domestic tourism.

“Based on our communication with tour operators and cruise ship operators, we are expecting an increase in international tourism starting September,” he added.

Farajat explained that the Rose City will see some new changes.

“We are introducing club cars soon instead of horse-drawn carriages. There are more events to come and I think the wheels are turning.”

He added that the reduced numbers of tourists this year, owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions worldwide, makes this summer prime time to pay Petra a visit. 

“For the next six months to one year, numbers will be low, so it’s good to enjoy the site without too many tourists – that’s also an advantage.”

“It’s a very welcoming situation,” he concluded.

Two types of buses can take tourists to Petra from Amman: the air-conditioned JETT bus, which leaves Amman at 6:30am and departs Petra at 5pm, and the local bus – a more affordable but less convenient option that only leaves once it’s full and makes several stops along the way.

In addition to the regularly scheduled tours and day hikes, Petra By Night is one way to redefine the Petra experience. This candle-lit event occurs three times a week and gives you a chance to experience the ancient wonder under the stars. 

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