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GENERAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE
The cost of one entry visa for all nationalities is JD 40 (approximately $56) and for multiple entries it is JD 120(approximately $170).
Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator are exempted from all visa charges.
Certain nationalities require that any entry visa be obtained prior to travel. It is recommended that you check with the Jordanian diplomatic mission in your country prior to travel to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for travel.
There are three borders crossing between
· The Allenby/ King Hussein Bridge:
57 kms from
· Sheikh Hussein Crossing / North Border:
90 kms away from
· Wadi Araba Crossing / South Border:
Located in the south, 324 kms away from
There are three borders crossing with
· Umari Border Crossing:
155 kms away from
· Mudawara Border Crossing:
322 kms away from
· Durra Border Crossing:
Located in the south, 349 kms away from
Royal Jordanian our national carrier, is one of many international air carriers that fly regularly into
Please contact us for more information about entry to
One final word, if you're having trouble finding your way, don't hesitate to ask a passer-by! Most people will be delighted to help.
Taxis are inexpensive and often the most convenient form of transport in
It is customary for the female passenger to sit in the back seat of the taxi; a male typically sits in the front passenger seat.
Tipping is not required, but it is customary to add about 200 fils (JD0.200) to the price of the meter price. Simply round it up.
Several companies offer charter bus and regular tours in a fleet of modern, air-conditioned coaches.
There are many car rental offices; many hotels have car rental offices on their premises.
There is only one passenger train in Jordan, the Hejaz Railway, which runs twice a week between
Plenty of accommodation is available in
Jordanian cuisine, while unique, is part of the Arabic culinary heritage. Food in the Arab world, is more than simply a matter of nourishment. Feasting is a preoccupation and food is often the centerpiece of social activities. As a guest, be assured that vast platters of succulent and nutritious food will be made to honour your visit. Dishes will satisfy even the most health conscious person, as many of them are prepared with grain, cheese, yogurt, fresh and dried fruits and vegetables. Always ask about the ingredients if you have allergies as many dishes contain nuts and wheat.
Even in summer, evenings can be cool, so a warm top is recommended at night. In winter, it is advisable to bring a warm coat and raincoat, since the weather can turn rather cold, especially in
Smoking is common in
Tipping is never required but always appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a small tip for the waiters is appropriate. For hotel bellmen and porters, 500 files or 1 JD or US$ 2 is customary; in taxis, add about 200 fils to the prices of the meter.
Currency & Money Exchange:
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD) which is often called the "jaydee". There are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 JD notes. The Dinar divided into 100 piasters (pronounced "pee-aster") or 1000 fils. The piaster is the unit most commonly used and you will usually see prices written as 4,750 (which is 4 JD and 75 piaster or 4.75 JD).
Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange agencies, and most hotels. There are also currency exchange facilities at
Credit Cards and Travellers Cheques:
Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, including American Express, VISA, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged for cash at exchange shops, though you should expect to pay a commission of up to 5% for doing so.
Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it is essential for shopping in the local souqs. The number of automated teller machines (ATMs) are fast increasing in
Banks are open Sunday – Thursday. 08:30h – 15:00h. Most banks have branches in cities and towns throughout the kingdom.
As well as post offices, most hotels offer postal services. Post office opening hours:
Saturday – Thursday 08:00h – 17:00h, closed on Fridays.
A variety of companies provide courier services. In most cases, they offer at-your-door pick up. International courier services represented here include DHL, FedEx, TNT International, UPS, and Aramex.
Telephone Area Codes:
2 --- Ajloun, Jerash, Irbid, Mafraq, Umm Qays.
3 --- Karak, Wadi Musa (
5 --- Azraq, As-Salt, Fujeis, Pella, Jordan Valley, Madaba, Hammamat Ma'in, The Dead Sea.
The international country code for
Fax & Telegrams:
Fax services are available at the
Internet access is widely available at the numerous internet cafes and large hotels.
Television & Radio:
Jordan Television broadcasts in English and French on Channel 2. Daily programme listings can be found in the English daily newspaper, the Jordan Times. CNN, BBC World, Euro News, and other international channels are available via satellite at most hotels.
The main English-Language daily newspaper is The Jordan Times. A weekly English-Language paper, The Star, is published on Thursdays and has a French supplement. Foreign newspapers are available at hotels and book shops.
Banks, business, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays:
New Year's Day : 01st January.
King Abdullah II's Birthday : 30th January.
Labour Day : 01st May.
Independence Day : 25th May.
The Late King Hussein's Birthday : 14th November.
Christmas Day : 25th December.
A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include the following Islamic holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar:
Eid al-Fitr : A 3-day feast marking the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Adha : A 4-day feast at the end of Hajj, or month of pilgrimage to
First of Muharam : Islamic New Year.
Eid al-Isra'wal Mi'raj : Celebrating the visit of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) to heaven.
Al Mawled Al Nabawi : The Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, alcohol is not sold, except in larger hotels. Eating, drinking and smoking in public is discouraged during the hours of daylight. Most stores, banks and offices open late at 09:00, and close early at 14:00. Other businesses have limited hours.
Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks, government offices and public service institutions are closed on Saturday as well. Many businesses also close on Thursday afternoon, although department stores and supermarkets remain open.
Banks : 08:30h – 15:00h.
Business offices : 08:30h – 13:00h & 15:30h – 18:30h.
Government offices : 08:00h – 15:00h.
Shopping Centers : 10:00h – 22:00h.
Opening hours for historical sites and museums:
April – May:
Most historical sites and museums are open from 08:00 until 17:30.
June – September:
Most historical sites and museums are open from 08:00 until 18:30.
October – March:
Most historical sites and museums are open from 08:00 until 16:00.
Shorter working hours apply during the month of Ramadan from 08:00 to 15:30.
October – March : G.M.T +2 hours
April – September : G.M.T +3 hours.
The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and while most sockets are of the rounded two-pronged type, three-pin sockets are also common. Visitors from
Shopping hours are flexible. Some shops are open from 09:30 – 13:30 and 15:30 – 18:00. Others may be open longer hours, from 08:00 – 20:00. Many shops close on Friday, but the Souq does not. Please note that while
Water is a precious resource in
Medical services are excellent in the larger cities and towns and most doctors speak Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call and embassies can also suggest suitable medical service providers. Any hotel concierge or taxi driver will be able to direct you to a doctor or hospital.
Pharmacies can provide medication for minor ailments; some of them are open 24 hours. However, travellers are advised to bring any special medication they normally take, in case it is not available in
Few specific facilities for the physically handicapped exist in
Emergency numbers: 199 and 191.
WHILE Arabic is the official language in
When Arabic is written using the Latin alphabet, English spelling is applied. However, this spelling can be interpreted in various ways and the spelling of street addresses, for example, can vary widely.
Speaking Arabic is easier than you might think and attempting a few basic words will gain you respect from the locals and is a good way to break the ice. Jordanians are extremely understanding and will help you whenever they are able.
The following list of useful phrases should help you get started with your introduction to the Arabic language as it is spoken in Jordan, Good Luck!
My name is Ismee
What is your name? Shoo ismak?
Thank you Shukran
You're Welcome Afwan
Please Law samaht / min fadlak
Excuse me An iznak
What time is it? Edesh el sa'aa?
How much does this cost? Bikaam hatha?
Where is the restroom? We nil hamaam?
Arabic numbers are easy to read – in fact; the western numerical system was originally derived from the Arabic system. Unlike the words Arabic numerals are read from left to right the same as western numerals.
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