I have been planning to visit Jordan (Amman or Aqaba, itinerary not fully scheduled yet) with my girlfriend. To my great surprise some of the hotels I looked through hotel consolidator websites claim that two persons of separate sex require a marriage certificate in order to share a room.

Does this rule really apply to foreigner and/or non-Muslim visitors as well? (We are both Finnish citizens, if that matters.)

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    Middle east is pretty conservative when it comes to inter-sex relationships, and they can get pretty aggressive if offended. Be respectful, you're a guest in their country.
    – littleadv
    Jun 7, 2022 at 16:12
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    While the Middle East is indeed more conservative, most countries have a "don't ask, don't tell" attitude where it comes to these matters. The only country that really makes an issue of this is Iran afaik. Jun 8, 2022 at 10:38

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Although co-habitation for unmarried foreign couples of the opposite sex isn’t illegal, it may be frowned upon. Some landlords may even ask if you are married or ask for a marriage certificate.

May is the key word here. And also landlords: you might have more problems in an airbnb than a hotel.

People from Jordan


and people who have travelled to Jordan


both agree as a foreigner you will have no problems. There seems to be different rules for Jordanians.

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    For those few places that might want a marriage certificate - I wonder if they know what a Finnish Marriage Certificate looks like? Jun 8, 2022 at 15:19

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