Jordan information

Jordan Information – Travel Topics

Jordan Visa Requirements:

Many nationalities can get a visa for Jordan at their port of arrival into Jordan (except Allenby Bridge Crossing). Visa requirements for Jordan are shown on the Jordan Tourism Board Website. The entry visa to Jordan is 40JD, and must be paid in Jordanian Dinar. There are currency exchanges and an ATM at the ports of entry.

Jordan Pass is a fantastic sightseeing package tailor-made for  guests visiting Jordan. It gives you the pleasure of visiting top sights and attractions whilst saving time, money, and stress. A onetime purchase before entering the country gives you free access to many of the most famous historical sites in the country.

 

Time Zone:

Jordan is 3 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) from April, 1 to October, 28 and GMT+2 for the remainder of the year. Please always check the time difference before arrival to Jordan. We wouldn’t want you to miss any of your adventures!

 

Climate:

Jordan has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan’s location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be very hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more, especially when the Shirocco, a hot, dry southerly wind blows. These winds can sometimes be very strong and can cause Sandstorms. Because of this, it is very important to stay hydrated when you visit Jordan, especially if you plan on going on adventures to some of Jordan’s many wadis. We recommend bringing a reusable bottle with you.

 

Language:

Arabic is the official language of Jordan, but in most tourist places people understand and speak some English. Hospitality is a very important part of Jordanian culture, because of this people will be helpful when you need assistance.

 

Laundry:

Laundry service is usually available at larger hotels.  However, remember to check the hotel’s individual laundry return policy and pricing schedule before choosing to have laundry done at a hotel.  It is also suggested that you request laundry service only when you have a sufficient length of stay remaining to ensure that your laundry is to you before depart.

 

Electricity:

In Jordan electricity runs 220/240 volts.  If you do bring electrical appliances, take along international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plug.

 

Smoking:

Although smoking can be seen in most places in the country, we ask that you refrain from smoking while in sightseeing vehicles.

 

2016 – National Holidays:

Holidays in Jordan are often flexible. It is common for the government to change the day which a holiday is supposed to be celebrated on to another day — usually to prolong weekend.

DateWeekdayHoliday nameHoliday type
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Mar 20SundayMarch equinoxSeason
Mar 25FridayGood FridayObservance
Mar 27SundayEaster DayObservance
Mar 28MondayEaster MondayObservance
May 1SundayLabour DayNational holiday
May 1SundayOrthodox Easter DayObservance, Orthodox
May 4WednesdayAl Isra’ wal MirajObservance
May 25WednesdayIndependence DayNational holiday
Jun 7TuesdayRamadan beginsObservance
Jun 20MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 7ThursdayEid-al-FitrNational holiday
Jul 8FridayEid-al-Fitr holidayNational holiday
Jul 9SaturdayEid-al-Fitr holidayNational holiday
Jul 10SundayEid-al-Fitr holidayNational holiday
Sep 13TuesdayEid-al-AdhaNational holiday
Sep 13TuesdayEid-al-Adha holidayNational holiday
Sep 14WednesdayEid-al-Adha holidayNational holiday
Sep 15ThursdayEid-al-Adha holidayNational holiday
Sep 16FridayEid-al-Adha holidayNational holiday
Sep 22ThursdaySeptember equinoxSeason
Oct 3MondayMuharram/New YearNational holiday
Dec 12MondayProphet’s BirthdayNational holiday
Dec 21WednesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 25SundayChristmas DayNational holiday

Currency and Money:

The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD) – known as the jay-dee, which is made up of 1000 fils. You will sometimes hear piastre or girsh, which are both 10 fils (10 qirsh equals 100 fils). Often when a price is quoted the unit will be omitted, so if you’re told that something is 25, it’s a matter of working out whether it’s 25 fils, 25 piastre or 25 dinars!


Coins are 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 fils. Notes come in denominations of JD1, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Try to change larger notes as often as possible at larger restaurants and when paying your hotel bill. Changing money is very easy in Jordan, and most major currencies are accepted in cash and travellers cheques. US dollars are the most accepted, followed by UK pounds and euros.


It is possible to survive in Jordan almost entirely on cash advances, and ATMs abound in all but the smaller towns. Visa is the most widely accepted card for cash advances and using ATMs, followed by MasterCard. Other cards, such as Cirrus and Plus, are also accepted by many ATMs (eg Jordan National Bank and HSBC).


Travellers’ checks and major credit cards are widely accepted

 

Photography:

We recommend that you bring all the photographic equipment you will need from home, including additional camera batteries. It is also suggested that you check the working order of your camera and have your equipment insured before you depart.


When photographing people, always ask permission first. The only exception to this is when you are photographing a public scene with a lot of people in it, aiming at no one in particular. Always be considerate of anyone’s desire not to be photographed. There are some places where photography is prohibited, and these areas are usually clearly marked.


Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. If you are uncertain about whether or not photography is permitted, ask. Taking photographs when permission is not granted is inconsiderate at best and may result in the confiscation of your camera..

 

Valuables, Safety, & Travel Insurance:


Exercise the same safety precautions throughout your travels as you would at home. Be especially careful with your passport; and memorize its number, date of issue, and place of issue. It is also a great idea to carry a photocopy of the informational pages of your passport (the pages containing your photograph and passport details, as well as any amendment pages and visas) and to leave a copy at home. Follow the security measures included with your travellers’ checks, and also leave an additional record of their numbers at home.


Please do not pack valuable items (such as your camera) in checked baggage. We recommend that all travelers purchase adequate trip cancellation/interruption, medical, and baggage insurance and that they carry the details of their coverage with on tour.

Health information:


The following vaccinations are recommended for most travelers to Jordan, though you should check with your

local health provider:

diphtheria & tetanus – single booster recommended if you’ve had none in the previous 10 years
hepatitis A
hepatitis B
measles, mumps & rubella
polio
typhoid


yellow fever – vaccination is required for entry into Jordan for all travelers over one year of age if coming from infected areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of South America.


You should carry along an adequate supply of any prescribed medications you may require while traveling. Prescription medicines should always be carried in your hand luggage (not in checked baggage) in their original, labeled containers only


Travelers with physical disabilities and those who require frequent or ongoing medical attention should advise us of their health situation at the time of booking.

During your stay, it is preferable to drink only bottled water, although it is all right to shower and brush your teeth using tap water.

Shopping:

Shops offer wide variety of merchandise, including jewelry, oriental carpets, fashionable clothing, leather goods, paintings and sculptures, ceramics, silverware, copperware, embroidered goods, and religious items. Jewellery and diamonds should be purchased at proper establishments only.

There are several shops and stalls selling hand-made arts and crafts at each tourist site, as well as the Down Town area of Amman. Bargaining is expected in virtually all Arab markets. While you should not be intimidated into buying something you don’t really want, neither should you encourage a merchant unless you really do plan to make a purchase. Trading is enjoyable to merchants in bazaars, but they do expect (eventually) to arrive at a purchase price.

Please note: Your Agent and Amman2Jerusalem (a trading name of Guiding Star Ltd) assume no responsibility for any purchases made by our clients while traveling. This includes shipping costs, which may be considerably higher (even several hundred dollars more) than quoted at the time of purchase

Clothing & Accessories:

Conservative clothing is a good idea out of respect to the culture, particularly if you want to visit any religious sites. Women should have clothing that covers their shoulders and reaches their ankles. Men should wear trousers and cover their shoulders.

In the summer, clothing of lightweight fabric (such as cotton) is most appropriate, including slacks and open-neck shirts for men and daytime dresses, slacks, and blouses for women. Few men wear jackets and ties in the summer, except for business and other more formal occasions. It is suggested that you also pack a sweater or lightweight jacket for cooler evenings. You will also want to pack sunglasses, a lightweight (fold-up) sun hat with brim, and sun block. A swimsuit and beachwear will be appropriate for the Dead Sea resorts and Aqaba.

In the winter, you will need warmer clothing, including an overcoat, sweater, raincoat, and hat.

A pair of comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes is suggested for touring (even in the summer months when sandals and open shoes are acceptable.)

If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, we recommend that you bring an extra pair of glasses (as well as a copy of the prescription).

Food & Drink:
There is a wide variety of Jordanian food to sample whilst visiting, from Mansaf (lamb and rice) to Mezze (mix of salads).

Market stalls in are full of fresh produce that literally arrives within hours of having been picked. A wide variety of foods and vegetables at reasonable prices can be found at the local markets and supermarkets. Although fruits and vegetables are considered safe to eat, remember to wash all produce bought in open-air markets before eating.


Although some of the locals drink the tap water, it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. It is all right to shower and brush your teeth using tap water.

Gratuities:

Many Travelers view tipping as a difficult subject, though this need not be the case.  The first thing to remember is that tipping is not compulsory, nor are there any fixed amounts.  The bottom line in determining whether and how much to tip is to ask yourself how much the individual did to make your travels more enjoyable.  It is with this in mind that we offer the following information.

Tips of 10% are generally expected in better restaurants.  Elsewhere, rounding up the bill to the nearest 250 fils or with loose change is appreciated by underpaid staff, including taxi drivers.  Hotels and restaurants in the midrange and, especially, top-end categories generally add on an automatic 10% service charge, although whether this actually returns to the staff who served you is another question.

Gratuities for guides and drivers are not included in the price of your tour so we offer the following tipping guidelines.

Recommended tipping schedule for groups:

Guide: $5 per person per day

Driver: $3 per person per day

Hotels: $2 per person per day

Restaurants: $1 per person per restaurant.

Recommended tipping schedule for small groups or Individual Travellers:

Guide: $10-$20 per person per day

Driver: $10-$20 per person per day