Jordan

While this Arab kingdom in Western Asia typically conjures up images of vast sprawling deserts, it is, in fact, a remarkably diverse destination offering spectacular mountain scenery, stunning beaches, ancient churches and castles and some famously friendly local inhabitants. Itinerary highlights include: the incredible Dead Sea; the 2000-year-old ‘lost city’ of Petra; and the famous Lawrence of Arabia trail, which takes visitors from the ruins of his fort at Azraq to the picturesque deserts of Wadi Rum. While Jordan’s long and fascinating history provides travellers with a host of intriguing historical and biblical sites, the country is certainly not stuck in the past. Its relatively stable economic and political position in the Middle East has led to rapid modernisation, especially in the thriving capital city of Amman. With its slew of modern luxury hotels, trendy restaurants and lively bars, the city no longer serves as a mere base to explore the ancient sites, but has become a destination in its own right. For a captivating destination full of natural, historical and cultural wonders, look no further than the enchanting nation of Jordan.

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Travel Information

Electricity

For the most part, electrical sockets in Jordan are one of three types: the “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug, the “Type G” British BS-1363 or the “Type…

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Banking

Dinar (JOD; symbol JD) = 100 piastres or qirsh, or 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils. Coins are in denominations…

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Cuisine

Jordan’s tap water is generally safe to drink in the towns and cities – it is heavily chlorinated, so may taste bad, but it will not do you harm. Nonetheless,…

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Climate

Jordan is a year-round destination. Even in high summer (June-August), Amman and most areas around the country are not excessively hot, chiefly due to…

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Transport

Royal Jordanian (www.rj.com) operates frequent flights between Amman and Aqaba. This is the only domestic air route in the country, and is something of…

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Dress

Lightweight clothes are advised between May and September. Thick winter clothes are essential for winter and a warm layer is necessary for cool summer…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

We recommend normal precautions be taken as you would for any city in the world. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in well-lit areas. Don’t flash…

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Visa

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep copies…

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General

Language:

Arabic is the official language. English is widely understood among upper and middle classes.

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