Jordan Tourist Information
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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 area ||About 8,231 km2|
|Capital population ||1,864,500 (1999)|
|King||His Majesty King Abdullah son of the late his Majesty King Hussein I|
|Principal Cities||Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Salt, Kerak, Aqaba, Mafraq, Tafileh, and Ma'an.|
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 language||Arabic||Second language||English|
|Religions||Muslims 94% - Christians 5%||Measures||Metric|
|Time||GMT +02:00 - US EST +7||Electricity||220 Volts, 50 AC|
|Currency||Jordanian Dinar (see below)||Int'l Dialing Code||00962|
|Government Offices||8:00 to 16:00 (Sun to Thu)|
|Banks||8:30 to 17:00 (Sun to Thu) - ATM services available.|
|Shops & Malls||9:00 to 20:30|
|Private Sector||9:00 to 18:00 - with one or two hours lunch break|
|Note: during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are usually reduced.|
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.
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.
Friday and Saturday are the official weekly holiday. Some tourist services stay open while businesses and banks are closed.
|New Year||1st January|
|King Abdullah II Birthday||30th January|
|Labor Day||1st May|
|Independence Day||25th May|
|King Abdullah II Accession||9th Jun|
|Army Day & Arab Renaissance Day||10th Jun|
|King Hussein's Birthday||14th November|
Islamic holidays based on Hijri/Lunar calendar
|Eid Al-Fiter||3 days marking end of Ramadan (fasting month)|
|Eid Al-Adha||4 days at the end of Hajj|
|Islamic New Year||1st of Moharram|
|Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Birthday||12th Rabe'a El-Awwal|
|Al-Isra' Wal Mi'raj||27th Rajab|
|Christmas Day||25th of December|
|Tourist Information Offices|
|Queen Alia Airport||4453222|
|Royal Jordanian Airlines|
|Flight Information, Inquiries, Sales, & Reservation||5100000|
|For more information, please feel free to contact us|
|Emergency Phone Numbers|
|Phone Inquiries 24hrs.||1212||Police||191|
|Amman Civil Defense||199||Irbid Civil Defense||(2) 243323|
|Health Complaints||5661171||Amman Fire Bridgade||4622090/93|
|Blood Bank||4749121||Highway Police||5343401|
|Traffic Police||4896390/1||Traffic Accidents||4896390|
|Amman Municipality||4787111||Electricity Emergency||4750981/2/3|
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.