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General Information about Jordan

Orientation

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan lies in the heart of the Middle East. Jordan is bordered by the West Bank and Israel from the west, Syria from the north, Iraq from the northwest, Saudi Arabia from the southeast and Egypt from the southwest.

Time zone:

Jordan is 2 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time

Climate:

Hot and dry summers with cool evening. The Jordan Valley below sea level is warm during winter and extremely hot in summer. Rain falls between November and March, while colder weather conditions occur in December / January.

Required clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens are advised between May and September. Warmer clothes are necessary for winter and cool summer evenings. Rainwear is needed from November to April.

Local daytime temperatures range as follows for the year (°C):

 

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
 AMMAN high 12 13 16 23 28 31 32 32 31 27 21 15
low 4 4 6 9 14 16 18 18 17 14 10 6

 

Visas:

All nationalities require tourist visas for Jordan. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, or any other main border; payment must be in local currency (JOD 40 = Euro 50 / USD 60). Group visa can be arranged free of charge for groups of 5 adults and over arriving together and staying in Jordan a minimum of 3 nights, provided you send us a visa list with full passport details prior group arrival.

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Currency:

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into 1000 fils. The current exchange rate is US $100.00 is equal to JD 71.000.

Credit Cards:

American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are widely accepted, whilst Access and Diners Club have more limited use. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability.

Tipping:

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 1 JOD, or US$ 1 is customary. Visitors would normally consider tipping their guide, driver on tours, hotel staff, and waiters in restaurants.

Photography:

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag.

Electricity:

The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two prong wall plugs. Visitors from the United States of America will need a transformer; most hotels can provide one.

Shopping:

Jordan is a shoppers’ paradise offering hand-blown glassware, inlaid boxes, silver, gold, Jewelry, brass, copper, carpets, antiques, leather wear, spices, perfumes, alabaster, embroidered covers, wall hangings and furniture. It is prohibited to export any ancient artifacts. Be careful when investing in “genuine antiques” which in many cases are excellent forgeries.

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