Helpful Facts:

TIME IN JORDAN:

Winter:                  GMT (Greenwich Main Time) +2

Summer:               GMT (Greenwich Main Time) +3

06-07 Hrs Ahead of U.S.A

06-05 Hrs Beyond Hong Kong And Singapore 

 

 

SUNSET:

Winter                   around 16:30   (Jordan Winter timing)

Summer                around 19:30 (Jordan Summer timing)

 

 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN JORDAN (Taken in Shade)

                                January         April           July            November

Amman                 8.1 Cc          16 Cc           25.1 cc         15.3 cc

Aqaba                   15.6 cc        24.3 cc        32.5 cc         22.1 cc


This is General Idea of average Temperature; weather differs slightly from Year to another.

For some days during Summer, Aqaba and Dead Sea Reach a degree of 40 Cc & over during some days which, but Aqaba has always dry weather due to Northern mountains winds, while in Dead Sea The humidity during Summer is very high Reaching around 70-80%. – Both Aqaba & Dead Sea have a balmy warm weather during Winter, Spring And Autumn which make them ideal places to stay during these seasons.

 

CLOTHING: (Suggestions)

Summer: light and casual clothes during daytime, and some light sweater or shawl for Evenings

Winter: Winter can be very cold, especially in Amman and East , Raincoats and heavy Jackets are needed.  

 

CURRENCY:

JORDANIAN DINAR (JOD)

Jordanian Dinar has established a stable status for long time of around 1.40 US Dollar  

Divided into :         100 Piasters (or 1000 Fils But Piasters are More Common and used)

Coins:                    2.5 Piasters – 5 Piasters – 10 Piasters – 25 Piasters – 50 Piasters

Bank Notes:         1 Dinar – 5 Dinars – 10 Dinars- 20 Dinars – 50 Dinars 




 

HOLIDAYS

FRIDAY is the General official Weekly Holiday for all Sectors,

Although Governmental Departments, Governmental Schools and Universities, And Banks Are Closed on FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS as well.

 

 

USEFUL NUMBERS

Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities Hot Line                                                                      80022999

Queen Alia International Airport Flight Information (Royal Jordanian Flights)        4453200

Queen Alia International Airport Flight Information (Other Airlines Flights)            4452700

ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINE (Reservations)                                                       5678321

Post Office Information                       121

POLICE                                              192

Ambulance & First Aid                        193

Highway police    (Amman)               5343402

Traffic Accident     (Amman)               4896930

 

Ministry of Tourism Offices :

Amman                  4603360

Aqaba                    03/2013363

Jerash                   02/6351272

Petra                      03/2016020


Entry and Visa Requirements

Any non-Arab visitor to Jordan, whether entering for business or as a tourist, needs an entry visa. The fee required for a visa, as well as the length of stay which is granted, depends on the visitor’s nationality.

Although entrance visas are obtainable at the airport for visitors arriving by airplane, those arriving by land must get a visa prior to arrival. These are obtainable from any Jordanian diplomatic mission abroad, where they generally take a day to receive. Visas cannot be obtained at Jordan's land border crossings.

Visas obtained in Jordanian consulates are valid for 3-4 months from the date of issue, and can be issued for multiple entries. Tourist visas allow a stay of up to one month initially. However, this period can easily be extended for up to another two months. After that date you must exit and re-enter the country, or undergo immigration procedures. If your visa has not been renewed properly by the time you leave Jordan you will have to pay a fine at the border. If you plan to stay for more than two weeks in Jordan, you will need to register at the nearest police station.

 

Health Requirements and Recommendations

Inoculations are not required unless you are traveling from an infected location. If you come from a country where diseases such as cholera and yellow fever are prevalent, you will have to show a certificate of inoculation at your point of entry into Jordan. Although not required, it is not a bad idea to have preventative shots for polio, tetanus and typhoid.

Jordan is one of the cleanest and safest countries, but it is nonetheless advisable to take some precautions until your digestive system adjusts. Hotels rated four-star and up have their own filtering systems, and their tap water is safe to drink. In other places, bottled water is recommended. All fruit and vegetables should be washed thoroughly, and salads and cold meats which have been sitting out for a long time should be avoided, especially during summer months. All Jordanian dairy products are pasteurized and safe.

Medical services are well developed throughout Jordan, with a medical center or clinic in every town and village. There are hospitals in Amman, Aqaba, Ma’an, Karak, Madaba, Zarqa, Irbid and Ramtha. In the larger towns and cities many of the doctors have been trained overseas and speak English. Antibiotics and other drugs normally sold on prescription in the West are often available over-the-counter in Jordan. You should carry prescriptions of any medicaments you may need, making sure you have the generic name as your specific brand may not be available. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair and a copy of the prescription as well.

 

Departure Tax

There are three departure taxes from Jordan: four Jordanian Dinars (JD) across land borders (JD8 for Jordanians), JD6 from Aqaba by sea, and JD5  when leaving by airplane (JD25 for Jordanians).

 

Customs

Customs regulations exempt from duty most items carried by tourists, including cameras, radios, hair-dryers, video equipment, etc. So far as duty allowances are concerned, you may carry up to 200 cigarettes or 200 grams of tobacco, and either one liter of spirits or two liters of wine. Modest gifts and other effects are exempt from customs duty.

Cars and electrical appliances, from household goods to personal computers and video cameras, are subject to duty which may be very high. If you intend to take taxable goods with you when you leave you should ask the customs officials to enter details of these goods in your passport to avoid paying tax. Upon exit you will be asked to show that your goods were tax exempted.

 

 Public Holidays

Holidays in Jordan are either religious (Islamic or Christian) or celebrations of important events in Jordanian or Arab history. Non-Islamic holidays are fixed, while Islamic holidays vary according to the lunar Muslim calendar.

 

Islamic Holidays

As the lunar Hijra calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, each year Islamic holidays fall approximately 11 days earlier than in the previous year. The precise dates are known only shortly before they fall, however, as they depend on the sighting of the moon.

Eid al-Fitr: Also known as al-Eid al-Sagheer (the little feast),  it is a three day celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

Eid al-Adha: Known commonly as the al-Eid al-Kabeer (the big feast), it falls at the end of the month of Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's offering of Isma’il for sacrifice. During these four day celebration, families who can afford to slaughter a lamb share the meat with poorer Muslims.

Hijra New Year: Islamic New Year

Moulid al-Nabi: The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Eid al-Isra waal Mi’raj: The feast that celebrates the nocturnal visit of Prophet Muhammad to heaven.

 

Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday when government offices, banks and most offices are closed. Most businesses and banks have a half-day on Thursday, and some businesses and banks take Sunday as a half-day or a complete holiday.

Government departments are open from 08:00 to 14:00 daily except Friday. Banks are open from 08:30 to 13:00, and some have recently introduced afternoon hours from 16:00 to 18:00. Small shops are open long hours, from around 09:00 until 20:00 or 21:00, often closing for a couple of hours in the mid-afternoon. Most Muslim shop owners close early or do not open on Friday, and Christians follow similar rules on Sunday. However, the markets and street stalls downtown remain open all week long, and Friday is their busiest day of the week. During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, business hours are shorter. Museums are generally open every day except Tuesday, but opening hours sometimes vary.

 

Electrical Current

Jordan’s electricity supply is 220 volts/50 cycles AC. Sockets are generally of the two-pronged European variety, while a variety of other sockets and plugs—especially the 13 amp square three-pinned plug—are in use. To be safe, bring a multi-purpose adapter. American equipment requires both an adaptor and a transformer. Most varieties of adaptors and transformers are readily available in electrical shops throughout Jordan. Electrical current in Jordan is reliable and uninterrupted.

 

Tipping

Many of the better hotels and restaurants will add a gratuity of about 10% to your bill. However, smaller establishments usually expect you to leave a tip in line with the service you received. Taxi drivers are generally not tipped, but it is customary to pay the nearest round figure to the price on the meter. It may be difficult to get change for a large bill, so carry plenty of small denominations and coins for taxis.

 

Weights and Measures

Jordan operates on the metric system. Length is counted in meters, distances in kilometers, weight in kilograms and volume in liters. You may come across the measurement for land: the dunum. One dunum is equivalent to approximately 1000 square meters (10,760 square feet).

 

Currency and Credit Cards

The Jordanian currency is the Dinar, or JD. It is subdivided into 1000 fils, or 100 qirsh or piasters. It appears in paper notes of 20, 10, 5, 1, and 0.5 JD denominations. Coins come in denominations of 1 JD, 500 fils, 250 fils, 100 fils, 50 fils, 25 fils, 10 and 5 fils. The daily exchange rate is published in local newspapers.

You can change foreign cash or travelers’ checks at any bank in Jordan. Only travelers’ checks will be charged a commission. There are also authorized moneychangers in Amman, Aqaba and Irbid, and you will usually get a slightly better rate of exchange at moneychangers than at banks. Hotels of three stars or above will also change money but at a less favorable rate.

Foreigners are permitted to open accounts at Jordanian banks in either Jordanian Dinars or in foreign currencies. Currency exchange operates under the guidelines and regulations of the Central Bank of Jordan. The Central Bank also sets the minimum and maximum interest rates for financial institutions to follow.

Credit cards are accepted at most large hotels, restaurants, car rental companies and tourist shops. The most widely accepted cards are American Express, Visa, Diners Club and Mastercard. You can also use your cards to draw cash (up to 500 JDs) at any bank linked with your credit card network. The automatic cash machines outside some banks in Amman can only be used by Jordanian bank account holders, and you should not attempt to use them.

 

 

International Measurements 

To Convert

Multiply by

miles to kilometers

1.61

kilometers to mile

0.62

acres to hectares

0.40

hectares to acres

2.47

pounds to kilograms

0.45

kilograms to pounds

2.21

Celcius to Fahrenheit

1.8; then add 32

Fahrenheit to Celcius

subtract 32; then multiply by 5/9

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