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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 weather during spring and autumn. During winter the weather can be extremely cold, especially in Amman, accompanied by snow, rain and wind.
Jordan Culture 101 Bedoul Of Petra
Submitted by M16318
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 "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 ... view more 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.

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 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 ... view more 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!

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 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 ... view more 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.

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 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 ... view more carriage rides are very bumpy, and they might not be advisable for pregnant women.
Visa requirements when visiting Jordan
Submitted by M16206
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 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 ... view more 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.

Syria:
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.

Israel:
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.

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