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Visa requirements when visiting Jordan
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Visa Requirements

The cost of one entry visa for all nationalities is around $15 for all nationalities and for multiple entries it is (around $29).

Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated ... view more Jordanian tour operator are exempted from all visa charges.

Departure taxes are 5JD, around $7, from any border.

Border Crossing

Visitors with a valid passport may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy, consulate, or legation abroad. You can also obtain a visa upon arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport or at any other border crossing (except the King Hussein Bridge and the ferryboat from Egypt).. Visa fees are $14 for single entry and $28 for multiple entries to be paid in local currency and are valid for two weeks but can be extended at any police station. Few formalities need to be observed when departing Jordan. A departure tax of 5 JD is paid at any border crossings except the airports.

Coming to Jordan by road from Syria, you can cross into Jaber or Ramtha. Jaber is 80 kms away from Amman and is most commonly used by visitors while Ramtha 90 kms away is mainly for cargo. Both borders are open 24/7 throughout the year.

There are three border crossings between Jordan and Israel.

• The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, 57 kms away from Amman, is open Sun. – Thurs. 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs for arrivals and 8:00 to 14:00 for departures and Fri-Sat 08:00hrs – 13:00hrs.

• Sheikh Hussein crossing /North Border, 90 kms away from Amman, open 24/7 throughout the year.

• Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border, located in the south, 324 kms away from Amman, connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba. These are open Sun – Thurs 06:30hrs – 22:00hrs and Fri – Sat 0800hrs – 20:00hrs. At these crossing, visas for most nationalities can be obtained at the border; prior permits are not needed except for restricted nationalities. Wadi Araba Crossing closes on Islamic New Year day and Yom Kippur.

Petra Tour Tip
Submitted by M16318
Petra Tips:
* Make sure that each person has with them 2 large bottles of water before starting the tour.

* Be sure to bring a good sweat-proof sunscreen, as the sun is immense in Petra.

* Where hats for added ... view more shade.
* Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
* Ladies should wear long trousers.

* It's best to start your Petra tour at 7 am in the morning as to catch a glimpse of the Siq at 8-8:30, when the suns rays generate beautiful and unique hues and on the rose- colored sand stone.

* Note that carriage rides are very bumpy, and they might not be advisable for pregnant women.

Security and Safety Awareness in Jordan
Submitted by M16318
Jordan is considered one of the most safest places to visit in the Middle East. You can be rest assured that when visiting Jordan you don't have to worry about your personal safety.

You'll find the locals ... view more to be very friendly, helpful and openly welcome foreigners from all walks of life. Many of the locals take the initiative and enjoy inviting foreigners to their family homes for special dinner.

Jordan's security standards are up to par and has a stepped up level of security. Their are many undercover police, and they are there for your safety. They watch and observe, and usually come on to people with bad intentions, long before they have a chance to act.

The Hashemite Kingdom exercises very wise and careful measures in ensuring the safety of it's people and it's interests.

Ya Taxi!!
Submitted by M16318
Welcome to Jordan, where every other car seems to be a taxi! Taxi Drivers in Jordan are of three types, the yellow, the white, and the grey taxi. You are by Jordanian law allowed a taxi ride which is gaged by a meter and ... view more if the taxi driver refuses to let you go by the "addaad"(the word "meter" in Arabic") then you can go with him and stop him at the next police man or station you see, tell the police that the Taxi didn't open the meter. The driver will get a ticket or his license revoked. Don't be afraid to report suspicious monkey business! Taxis are usually afraid of the police and they have to pay a lot of money to get their licenses back. You are NOT Obliged to tip a Taxi Driver. But it is a common courtesy to tip them, as usually they are poor and need the extra money.
-Yellow Taxis- usually are privately owned, at a low cost of .25 qirsh that pops up on the meter when opened. (* They are good for short distances but DO NOT trust a yellow Taxi to take you to any long distance town like Aqaba or the Dead Sea, usually they are not mechanically in tuned and many times the driver could be up to scamming you for your money! BEWARE!

- Grey Taxis: The Grey Taxis or the "Momayez" Taxi, and they charge an automatic. 65 qirsh when the meter is opened. They are a company owned taxi. They are usually clean, very mechanically taken care of, they have a GPS system, they are bookable, and offer a receipt. They are good for going long distances and are not allowed to scam you, as the driver is a formal employee of the company "Momayez".

- The White Taxi: They call them the "Service" Taxis, which gather riders on the street, and they usually only go certain places, and you have to ride around with the other riders to their separate destinations before you get to yours, they usually charge 25-35 qirsh for short inner city destinations.

*Make sure you always remember to write down the License plate number of the Taxi you are taking!

Jordan Culture 101 Bedoul Of Petra
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When you arrive to Petra you will notice small children selling rocks, handmade jewelery, ect. The "Bedoul" are those that you see offering camel rides, and they are also the horse carriage drivers as well. The ... view more "Bedoul" are known to be somewhat aggressive in personality. Some do tend to get angry when not given a good tip, and sometimes they are violent when not payed their tips. It's not your obligation to pay them a tip and if they demand one then be sure to immediately report them to the authorities.

It should be known that there is a stark difference between the "Bedoul", and the "Bedouins". The Bedouins, come originally from either Saudi Arabia, or Yemen. They migrated here hundreds of years ago, and live by a certain moral code, they are known to a live by a more traditional and conservative way of life.

The Bedoul happen to be originally Eastern European origin. Most of them choose to live in tents, and many of them are usually living well and are not necessarily always in need of money.

The weather in Jordan
Submitted by M20697
Most of Jordan has a desert climate with little or no rainfall and summer temperatures soaring especially high in July and August, the hottest and driest months of the year. Amman and the Jordan Valley have more pleasant ... view more weather during spring and autumn. During winter the weather can be extremely cold, especially in Amman, accompanied by snow, rain and wind.
The currency in Jordan
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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 ... view more ("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).
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.
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 ... view more 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.
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 ... view more 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 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.

Getting There & Away
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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 ... view more 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 Territories if headed on to some other states in the Middle East. The ferry trip to Egypt is another popular option.
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 ... view more 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 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.
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 ... view more 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 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
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 ... view more 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 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 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 ... view more 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, 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.
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