Jordan Travel Tips

 

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             all you need to know before Jordan travel.

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Before travel to Jordan you need to get visa for Jordan:

Visa for Jordan

Any visitor to Jordan, whether for business or tourism, needs an entry visa. Mostly you can get Visa for Jordan very easy at airport by arrive.

Single-entry visas can be obtained on arrival at any airport, port or land border (except at the King Hussein/ Allen by Bridge, where you must have your Jordanian visa in advance.) In common airport the visa for Jordan costs JD 40 or $57 US and easy to get.

At present, all guests arriving through the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) receive a gratis visa on arrival.  This would include entries through the Aqaba port, Aqaba land borders and the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba.

Departure Tax not needed (*airport departures tax is normally included in the flight ticket)

     
By Land 10 JD  
By Air* 40 JD  
By Sea 10 JD  

Countries not requiring prior visa clearance and can get a visa at airport or on a border (alphabetical):

Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Burma, Bolivia, Bosnia &Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,  Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Federal States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Palestine/ PNA Passport Holders, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & North Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

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Getting to Jordan

Jordan has land borders with Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and a seaport with daily connections by ferry to the Sinai in Egypt.  Royal Jordanian Airlines is the official carrier for the kingdom, but the international airports in Amman and Aqaba also serve carriers including KLM, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Delta, Alitalia, Middle East Airlines, Egypt Air, Pakistan Airlines and all major carriers from the Persian Gulf states, among others.

Jordan Currency

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JOD”, which is divided into one hundred piasters or one thousand fils. The dinar is pegged to the dollar. The current exchange rate is JD 71 per 100 US$. Although US$ are widely accepted, it is prudent to carry Jordanian dinars while you travel through Jordan. 

Time and Weekly Holiday

Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT during winter, and three hours ahead during summer. So do not forget to set your watch according to the local time while you travel to Jordan.

Friday and Saturday are our weekly holidays; banks, government offices and most businesses are closed. But most of the shops and exchange offices are open daily.

Jordan Weather

Weather is hot dry in summer and cool in winter. Rainfalls are very rair and not long from October to March period. Temperature average is about 32°C degrees in summer (but Dry!!, so you can feel cool if you stand in a windy shadow) and 15°C degrees in winter. 

Method of payment:

Major Credit cards (VISA and MASTER CARD) and Traveler checks are generally accepted in the whole country. Almost everybody will accept the main foreign currencies (especially US dollar and Euro). It is always advisable and most suitable to have local currency to pay small bills and tips.

Electricity

The electrical current is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer while travelling to Jordan; most hotels will provide one. Charger using in Jordan:

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Shopping

Shopping is one of the attractions in Jordan. Most of the shops will invite you to a cup of coffee or tea to start the traditional bargain negotiations.

Shopping hours are flexible, in tourist sites you can find shops open till midnight. There are a wide variety of goods you can buy in Jordan.

Gold and silver: Handmade gold and silver can be found at a very good price especially in the shops of Amman’s Gold Souq downtown.

Tipping

In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a tip for the waiter is appropriate. For hotel bellboys and porters, 1 JD, or US$ 1 is customary. In taxis, pay the nearest round figure to the price on the meter. Visitors should consider tipping their guide, driver on tours, hotel staff, and waiters in restaurants.

Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours. Many restaurants, especially those not catering to the tourist trade may close for the whole month. Some restaurants only offer a special Iftar meal, which is the “break fast” meal served at sundown.

In Major tourist areas, restaurants are open to serve lunch during the month, but outside dining areas are closed.

There are many enjoyable aspects to visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan. You’ll find that many hotels and restaurants offer special “Ramadan Nights” programs, with special areas decorated in a traditional Oriental style and offer plays, music, story tellers and other entertainment.

In Major hotels, alcohol is served during Ramadan in the bars and restaurants.

Culture, Religion, Clothing

Muslim people clothing covers arms and legs some women cover also hair; tourist are not obliged to these customs and can wear what they want, but conservative dress is advisable in the downtown areas, nobody will tell you anything about your clothes but is easy to show respect towards our hosts.

Summer evenings can be cool and is advisable a sweater. 

Food in Jordan

Tasty street food includes sandwiches made with falafel or shawarma (slow-roasted meet); mixed grills, gallayat bandura (pan-fried tomatoes, onions and peppers often prepared with cubes of lamb, chicken or egg); kofta (ground beef topped with roasted tomato or tahina sauce); sunniyah (pan-roasted meat or chicken with roasted potatoes, onions and other vegetables; and, maglubah (which literally translates as “upside down”), a dish of rice, chicken and vegetables cooked together and then turned upside down onto a serving try, along with bowls of yoghurt and my favorite fattoush salad.

The traditional Bedouin feast dish is Mansaf, a dish served on a large tray with steam rice and lam piled atop wafer thin shiraq bread, and flavor with ladles full of a tangy sauce based on yoghurt. To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit one of the Kingdom’s many sweet shops to try an assortment of the tasty hellawiyat, which are freshly baked sweets offering honey and pistachio fillings in a variety of tempting combinations.

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Taxis in Amman are bright yellow, whilst taxis in the general Aqaba region are green. These are relatively cheep, however for longer trips it is advisable to negotiate the fare in advance.

Things to do in Jordan

Travel in Jordan to discover amazing Petra, the Unesco heritage, beautiful beaches and coral reefs of the Red sea, wild mountains and untouched deserts. Here you will find sport travel package with Jeep racing, hiking, biking, trekking, canyoning and camping at Wadi Rum desert, beach Jordan tour to amazing resorts on a Red sea at Aqaba, healing Dead sea and the Jordan river at our Jordan religious travel to Baptism site and mount Nebo from where Mouses saw the promised land. 

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