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Updated information for Jordanian Visa
Submitted by M21055
Jordan visa will be as follows starting of 1st April 2014 :
- Single entry visas valid for 2 months : 40 JOD .
- Double entry visas valid for 3 months :60 JOD.
- Multiple entry visas valid for 6 months:120 JOD.
Jordan Climate
Submitted by M21055
Climate of Jordan

The climate in Jordan is semi-dry in summer with average temperature in the mid 30 °C (86 °F) and relatively cold in winter averaging around 13 °C (55 °F). The western part of the country receives greater precipitation during the winter season from November to March and snowfall in Amman (756 m (2,480 ft) ~ 1,280 m (4,199 ft) above sea-level) and Western Heights of 500 m (1,640 ft). Excluding the rift valley the rest of the country is entirely above 300 m (984 ft) (SL).[42] The weather is ... view more humid from November to March and semi dry for the rest of the year. With hot, dry summers and cool winters during which practically all of the precipitation occurs, the country has a Mediterranean-style climate. In general, the farther inland from the Mediterranean a given part of the country lies, the greater are the seasonal contrasts in temperature and the less rainfall.
Submitted by M21055
Most nationalities can obtain visas at any border, port or airport EXCEPT the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge, which requires a pre-issued visa. Some nationalities require visas in advance. A single entry visa will cost you US$60.00. Groups consisting of 5 persons and over will be granted a free collective visa if they spend a minimum of two nights in the kingdom.
Tourist visas generally expire after two weeks, and are easily renewed. Otherwise, a penalty of US$ 2.00 per day
General Information about weather in Jordan
Submitted by M21055
Jordan has a long and pleasant spring and fall weather from March to May and September to November. Rain occasionally falls from December to April.
The summer months are hot but with little humidity. In the Jordan Valley, around the Dead Sea and in Aqaba on the Red Sea the winters are pleasant.
Jordan History & Culture
Submitted by M21055
Jordan is a land rich in history. Since the dawn of civilization, it has played an important role in trade between the east and the west because of its geographic location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Jordan has been home to some of mankind's earliest settlements and relics of many of the world's great civilizations can still be found today.

Jordan played a vital role in Roman, Biblical, early Islamic, and Crusaders Periods. From the moment you arrive, you get a sense of the past. ... view more All around are remnants of civilizations long since relegated to the history books, yet they still remain, stamped into the very fabric of this amazing kingdom, and etched onto the soul of the people who live here.

​From the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, the miracle of the Dead sea and Jordan valley, the wonders of the Red Sea and Wadi Rum to the fine hotels, shopping centers and art galleries of modern Amman, Jordan truly is a nation rich in history and culture.

The National dish of Jordan is Manasaf
Submitted by M21055
The national dish of Jordan is Mansaf : Lamb seasoned with aromatic herbs, sometimes lightly spiced, cooked in yoghurt; it is taken seriously and hours are spent in preparing it.

Mansaf is cooked in Jameed (the Arabic word for dried yoghurt), which is then mixed with water in a tray to produce a creamy sauce. This is poured into a large stewing pot with chunks of lamb meat. The pot is put over an open fire. As the stew begins to warm, it is stirred to prevent the yoghurt from separating.

Large trays are ... view more covered with doughy flat Arabic bread and dampened with yoghurt. On top of this, a layer of rice is heaped. The meat is then piled on top. Almonds, pine-kernels and other nuts may be sprinkled over the dish, which is then ready for serving.
5 reasons to visit Jordan in 2012
Submitted by M21055
People are strange. I haven’t seen many outwardly negative people while traveling, most of the time everyone is happy to see a tourist and a welcome of some sort is extended. Some people are better at this than others and a much smaller percentage are actually sincere about their welcome. Jordan is such a place. In fact, not only was the hospitality and kindness I encountered in Jordan effusive, I think the Jordanians may be some of the nicest people I’ve ever met traveling. Thailand usually wins this contest, ... view more the citizens in the Land of 1,000 Smiles can’t be beat, but Jordan has given them a run for their money. Simple gestures, like giving me a cup of coffee or a loaf of bread were noteworthy, but it went beyond that.
5 reasons to visit Jordan
Submitted by M21055
Most people are familiar with Petra, thanks in large part to Indiana Jones. And while, yes, Petra is amazing, there are other things to do and see in Jordan. A week is not even enough time to fully explore just the highlights of the country, two weeks would be best if possible. To capture the brilliance of the desert, an overnight stay in Wadi Rum at a Bedouin camp is something everyone has to try once. It’s bizarre, but standing in the middle of a flat desert plain, gazing upwards at the millions of stars, I ... view more felt more connected to the world around me than anywhere else I’ve been. For something a little less dry, spend some time in Aqaba and the Red Sea. A hugely popular resort area, the Red Sea is famous for its snorkeling and SCUBA diving, both great ways to escape the desert heat. No matter what your interests are, there is plenty to do and see in Jordan.
5 Reasons to visit Jordan
Submitted by M21055
I enjoyed the sites and the natural wonders, but personally the star of the show was the food in Jordan. I think it appealed to me so much because I, like the food, am not a fussy person. I detest haute cuisine and instead find a certain comfort in simple, street food. Bread forms the backbone of Jordanian cuisine, it’s everywhere. For a dollar or two you can buy kilos, yes kilos, of freshly made bread to take back and savor alone or with any of the small dishes that comprise the rest of Jordan culinary ... view more tradition. Hummus, ful and falafel are common dishes served in huge quantities to share with friends or guard miserly for yourself.
5 reasons to visit Jordan
Submitted by M21055
The reverberations of the 2011 Arab Spring have been felt throughout the Middle East, and they’re not over yet. The instability in Egypt especially has had a lasting impact on tourism not only in that country, but surrounding nations including Jordan. In response to this tourism challenge, Jordan has rallied and launched an aggressive campaign to show people not only that there are many great experiences and adventures to have, but that the country is safe. And indeed it has been safe. (Please note, I’m only ... view more writing about my experiences and can’t foretell the future, yet). Throughout my stay I felt safe and secure, enough so to wander around the sometimes hectic streets of Amman in the evenings hunting for culinary treats. No matter where in the country I visited, at no time was I concerned for my safety. Realize though that I’m writing from the point of view of a white, thirty-something American male and that my experiences may not be the same for everyone. Of course, that goes without saying no matter where you travel.
Getting There & Away
Submitted by M20559
Most visitors come to Jordan as part of a jaunt around the Middle East. Amman is well connected with most cities in the Middle East and Europe, but no airline has direct flights between Amman and Australia or New Zealand, and there are direct services between Amman and the USA. The overland borders between Jordan and Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan and Syria are popular and generally trouble-free, though you'll have to consider the implications of a trip to Israel and the Palestinian ... view more Territories if headed on to some other states in the Middle East. The ferry trip to Egypt is another popular option.
When to Go
Submitted by M20559
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea. Average daytime maximum temperatures in Amman range from 12.6°C in January to 32.5°C in August.

Winter can ... view more be surprisingly cold. Snow in Amman is not unheard of (even Petra gets the occasional fall) and the deserts can be freezing, especially at night. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and a windproof and waterproof jacket. Aqaba is the one exception, with average daytime maximum temperatures of around 20°C in January, and is quite a hit with deep-frozen northern Europeans during winter.

In high summer (July and August) the weather in the humid Jordan Valley is extremely oppressive - it feels like you're trapped in an airless oven - with suffocating daytime highs well in excess of 36°C. It's also fiercely hot in the desert (including Wadi Rum), though this is a dry heat and thus easier to deal with. The tourist authorities usually plan festivals (such as the Jerash Festival) for the summer period. If you do visit in summer, come well prepared with a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.

The month of Ramadan is a time when visitors should not eat, drink or smoke in public during the day so it's a tricky time to visit. Eid al-Fitr, the great celebration at the end of Ramadan, is a fun time to visit but it's best to bunker down for a few days because public transport is heavily booked and hotel rooms are sometimes hard to find, especially in Aqaba.

Note also that most of the excellent ecotourism projects operated in Jordan's Dana, Wadi Mujib and Ajlun nature reserves only operate between April and October.

Visa to Jordan
Submitted by M20559
Starting of January 2011, The cost of single entry visa to Jordan for all nationalities is around $29 (JD 20.000). Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator are exempted from all visa charges (should stay minimum 2 nights) arriving and departing together (same flight, same vehicle if through border). Departure taxes are 5JD, around $8, from any border.
The languages used in Jordan
Submitted by M20697
The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have traveled or have been educated abroad so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent.
The currency in Jordan
Submitted by M20697
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol JD, which is often called the “jaydee”. There are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 JD notes. The dinar is divided into 100 piasters (pronounced “pee-aster”) of 1000 fils ("fills"). The fils is the unit most commonly used and you will usually see prices written as 4,750 (which is 4 JD and 750 fils).
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