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Jordan Tourist Information

LocationBusiness HoursEntry Requirements
Currency & Exchange FacilitiesClimateHolidays
Tourist Information OfficesEmergency Phone NumbersTipping

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General Information

In 1921 H.E.H Emir Abdullah ibn Al-Hussein secured recognition for the Emirate of Trans-jordan, that became fully established in 1923.

Fully independence came on May 25, 1946. In 1950 it became Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.

Area 97,740 km2
Population 5,039,000 (2000)
Capital Amman
Capital area About 8,231 km2
Capital population 1,864,500 (1999)

KingHis Majesty King Abdullah son of the late his Majesty King Hussein I
Principal CitiesAmman, Zarqa, Irbid, Salt, Kerak, Aqaba, Mafraq, Tafileh, and Ma'an.
 
Location

Southwestern Asia, situated near the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, bounded on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq and Saudi Arabia, on the south by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aqaba, and on the west by Palestine and Israel. See map in Map & Sites page.


Official languageArabicSecond languageEnglish
ReligionsMuslims 94% - Christians 5%MeasuresMetric
TimeGMT +02:00 - US EST +7Electricity220 Volts, 50 AC
CurrencyJordanian Dinar (see below)Int'l Dialing Code00962
 
Business Hours
Government Offices8:00 to 16:00 (Sun to Thu)
Banks8:30 to 17:00 (Sun to Thu) - ATM services available.
Shops & Malls9:00 to 20:30
Private Sector9:00 to 18:00 - with one or two hours lunch break
Note: during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are usually reduced.
 
Entry Requirements

Individuals and groups of all nationalities (with some exceptions) are issued visa upon arrival at any port of entry in Jordan upon presentation of passport, or at Jordanian diplomatic missions abroad.

See this list of visa restricted and non-restricted countries.

The fee for the visa is JD 40 = US$ 56.5 for one visit and JD 60 = US$ 85 for two visits in 3 months period, for all nationalities except Arabs (free). There is also a departure tax of JD 10 = US$ 14.2 from land borders.

For groups, collective list is necessary which includes: Surname, Profession, Date and Place of Birth, Nationality, Passport Information (Number, Issue Date, Expiry Date). Collective visas for groups from any port or border are free of charge except from Sheikh Hussein and Araba borders.

Note: Previous visa is required for restricted countries only, except when crossing from Jerusalem to Amman via Allenby.

 
Currency & Exchange Facilities

The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) which equals $1.4 US Dollars (One US Dollar = 0.708 JD). One JD is 1000 fils.

Coin denominations are: 10, 25, 50, 100 fils, 0.25, and 0.5 dinar.
Paper denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars.

Exchange facilities are available at all points of entry, banks, hotels, and currency exchange offices. Rates are displayed and you may wish to ask for a receipt. There are no restrictions on visitors to bring in, and take out, foreign currencies. Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates published in daily newspapers.

Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club.

 
Climate

The climate depends on which part of the country you are in, as altitude ranges from 400 meters (1,312 feet) below mean sea level at dead sea, to 1850 meter above sea level at the Al-Shirah mountains.

The climate tends to be dry during Summer, while Winter and Spring are cooler, and during these seasons most of the country's rainfall occurs. June to September are the hottest months of the year where temperature rises to about 32oC (89.6 F).

The period between December and March is the coolest. Snowfall often occurs and temperatures stay around 15oC (59 F) during the day.

 
Holidays

Friday and Saturday are the official weekly holiday. Some tourist services stay open while businesses and banks are closed.
 

New Year1st January
King Abdullah II Birthday30th January
Labor Day1st May
Independence Day25th May
King Abdullah II Accession9th Jun
Army Day & Arab Renaissance Day10th Jun
King Hussein's Birthday14th November

Islamic holidays based on Hijri/Lunar calendar
Eid Al-Fiter3 days marking end of Ramadan (fasting month)
Eid Al-Adha4 days at the end of Hajj
Islamic New Year1st of Moharram
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Birthday12th Rabe'a El-Awwal
Al-Isra' Wal Mi'raj27th Rajab

Christianity holidays
Christmas Day25th of December
Easter2 Days
 
Tourist Information Offices
Queen Alia Airport4453222
Royal Jordanian Airlines
Head Office5202000
Flight Information, Inquiries, Sales, & Reservation5100000
FAX5202490
Royal Wings4875205/6
Cargo4603730
For more information, please feel free to contact us
 
Emergency Phone Numbers
Phone Inquiries 24hrs.1212Police191
Amman Civil Defense199Irbid Civil Defense(2) 243323
Health Complaints5661171Amman Fire Bridgade4622090/93
Blood Bank4749121Highway Police5343401
Traffic Police4896390/1Traffic Accidents4896390
Amman Municipality4787111Electricity Emergency4750981/2/3
 
Tipping

Tipping is a way of showing your satisfaction with a service rendered. Tips to your driver, guide and the hotel personnel are not included and left to your discretion.

 
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