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Travel Tips to Jordan
Best time to Visit Jordan
Jordan enjoys sunshine and comfortable weather year round.
The most popular times to visit Jordan are spring time from March through May, and autumn, from September to November. In autumn the weather is the most pleasant through Jordan. Temperatures are high during the day and the evenings are cool.
In the summer months of June through to August, temperatures can be very hot especially in the desert where you visit Petra and Wadi Rum. The heat is very dry with low humidity, as long as you wear the proper clothing and keep hydrated your trip can be an enjoyable one. One advantage of traveling during this time is the fact that the sites are not as crowded.
December through February is the winter time and the Desert can be cold especially at night. Bringing warm clothing with you is advisable if visiting during this time. Bring a warm hat and gloves if you are very sensitive to cold, the desert may be too cold at night for some people. In the rest of the country the temperature will be moderate. Rain is expected during this time as well but it is generally very sparse. Temperatures in Aqaba by the Red Sea are very pleasant during the winter months, even though not far from Amman.
Passport and Visa Requirements
To travel to Jordan you will need a valid Canadian or American Passport. Your Passport should expire at least six months after your intended departure date from Jordan, and should have some empty pages.
American and Canadian Passport Holders need a Tourist Visa to enter Jordan. It must be obtained upon arrival at Amman airport. The visa costs $40 Jordanian Dinars, approximately $60 USD Per person.
Please note visa fees must be paid only with local currency; there is a bank next to the Immigration desk in the airport to exchange money.
Airline Fees
Airline seat assignment. Advance seat selection is subject to airline fees, paid directly to the airline at the time you select your seats.
Please note that airlines reserve the right to change/cancel the pre-selected seats due to schedule changes or Flight equipment change.
Note that there also some airlines that they do not allow advance seat selection.
Checked Baggage Fees. Many airlines have checked baggage fees; once you receive your tickets contact the airline with your airline reservation code for specific charges + terms and conditions.
You can also visit the airline's website, for more details: Click Here >>
Airline tickets are 100% non-refundable/ unchangeable. If the airline allows a change, the change is always subject to change fees that vary from USD250 and up + the difference in fare; charges are per ticket, and every airline has specific policies and fees.
Airline flight schedules are always subject to change, we will always try our best to accommodate to these changes, but we are not responsible for any losses incurred due to missed-connections, flight cancellations or flight schedule changes. Is strongly recommended you purchase Travel insurance to cover these circumstances.
Health Regulations and Medical Requirements
Although there are no specific vaccinations required for traveling to Jordan, you should consult with your General Practitioner 6-8 weeks prior to traveling in order to have your personal risk assessed.
Medical services are excellent in Jordan and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call and embassies can also suggest doctors and hospitals.
Health Care is not free in Jordan and you are expected to pay, therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase medical travel insurance prior to your trip.
Some Tips to keep you healthy while travelling in Jordan
Ensure that your drinking water is purified and clean. Jordan is a desert country and water is very precious. Good quality hotels have their own filtering systems and their water is considered safe, though it is always advisable to drink bottled water which is readily available.
Wash your hands frequently- especially before you eat. Eat small meals to keep your digestion on track. All large Hotels will have modern sanitation and food preparation standards. Please avoid buying produce from street vendors, and if you do choose to purchase these foods, be sure that they are products that have a skin or peel to keep them clean. Wet wipes and Kleenex are a good idea to carry with you while touring.
If you are spending hours out in the sun, make sure to keep well hydrated. You may need as much as 2-3 liters per day just to keep hydrated. Taking electrolytes in your water may be useful to make sure you are properly absorbing water. You may want to bring your own water bottle one that will keep the water cooler.
Also be sure to bring lots of strong sunscreen and wear adequate sun protection as well as lip balm.
Language
The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken.
If you would like to attempt speaking some basic Arabic here are a few words to get you started:
ENGLISHARABIC
Yes Na'amNo Laa
PleaseMin fadlak (to a man) / Min fadlik (to a woman)
Thank youShukran
You're welcomeAfwan
HelloMarhaba
GoodbyeMa'asalameh
What is your name?Shoo ismak? (to a man) / Shoo ismek? (to a woman)
Excuse me'An iznek
What time is it?Edesh el sa'aa?
How much?Addeysh?
I don't speak ArabicAna laa ahkee Arabee
Currency
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar. There are 1, 5, 10, and 20 JD notes. Currency can be exchanged at most major banks and most large hotels.
Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank.
Bank hours are 08:30 to 15:00.
Make sure to carry small denominations of US dollars or Dinars for tipping waiters, baggage handlers. Tour Drivers and Guides prefer tips in USD.
Major cities and large Hotels will accept credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Smaller towns will most likely only accept cash. Consider bringing two credit cards in case one is lost or compromised, and always be sure to advise your bank of your travel plans. Debit Cards are not widely accepted.
Small Shops and Small Restaurants will only take cash in the Jordanian currency as payment. Same is to be said for the local Souks.
Make sure to carry small denominations of US dollars or Dinars for tipping waiters, baggage handlers, drivers, and tour guides.
Clothing
Jordan is a modern Muslim Country; Tourists do not need to worry about dress codes in heavily populated or non-religious areas. Though while visiting some temples or places of worship, both men and women should dress in a respectable manner. Very revealing clothing is not appropriate in the small Towns or Downtown Amman. Shorts are not widely worn by Men or Women and will look out of place in Downtown Amman or when traveling through small towns. Light cool pants are suggested instead. Conservative swimming suits are only acceptable by the pool or beach areas.
Dressing is casual through Jordan, no need to worry about dressing up for Restaurants.
For women we suggest you to bring loose linen or cotton pants and long-sleeved loose shirts these will protect you from the sun, keep you comfortable plus will allow you to dress in more conservative manner when traveling between places. Long loose skirts are also a good choice. A light scarf that you can keep in your purse and use when needed to cover your chest or head.
For Men loose linen or cotton pants, and short sleeves shirts are acceptable.
Bring some good sturdy walking shoes with traction. Flip fops or flimsy sandals are not a good choice.
A good wide brimmed sun hat and sunglasses are a must.
If you are visiting the Red Sea Resort area of Aqaba bring beach shoes with you some areas may be rocky on the beach.
We also recommend warm clothing for the evenings if you are visiting during the winter months as well as a light weight rain jacket.
Is recommended you pack as light as possible since most itineraries require you travel by road in between Cities. Although the distances are short, your trip will be more enjoyable without having to deal with very large bags.
Staying the night in the Desert
If you are spending the night at Wadi Rum, bring a small flashlight and a light fleece jacket. Binoculars to see the amazing stars spectacle at night are also suggested.
Electricity - Time Zone
220 AC volts, 50 cycles requiring rounded two prong wall plugs. You will need an adaptor.
Jordan is ahead 7 hours of USA Eastern Time.
October – March: G.M.T. + 2
April – September: G.M.T + 3
Telephone and Internet
Telephone and Internet Services are reliable and widely available in large Hotels. Charges may apply for services such as WI-FI. Prepaid phone cards are available in Amman.
Mail
Regular mail will take over a week to reach the USA or Canada.
Shopping
Jordan is an exciting place to shop. There is a wide range of locally made handicrafts such as hand woven rugs, embroidered clothing, Bedouin knives, water pipes for smoking, local jewelry and much more.
The Souks are a great place to search for those out of the ordinary finds. Bartering is acceptable here.
In Amman or Aqaba you will find sophisticated Shops and Boutiques and many of them carry North American brands.
Good quality Dead Sea products are found almost everywhere especially at the Spas of most large Hotels.
Cuisine
Jordan is home to one of the world's great cuisines. One is bound to encounter the staples of Middle-Eastern cuisine such as Falafel and Hummus, prepared in a traditional manner with fresh ingredients. There will be many chickpeas, as well as Shraak. Shraak is a very thin, whole-wheat bread that is best enjoyed still hot. It is easily made, and is a common Bedouin bread.
Jordanian cuisine offers an array of different vegetarian dishes ranging from appetizers, soups and main dishes to satisfy every appetite. Fattoush is one such dish, involving crispy fried pita and fresh vegetables. As well as Moutabel, a creamy roasted eggplant dish.
Visitors to Wadi Rum will get to experience the Zarb, a traditional Bedouin method of cooking. It consists of lamb or chicken, sometimes herbs and vegetables, which have been buried in an oven with hot coals beneath the desert sands. When it’s time for the meat to resurface, the sand is brushed away, the lid comes off, and the glorious slow-roasted fragrances billow into the air.
For centuries the bedouin have been cooking like this throughout the Arabian peninsula. When tribesmen roamed across the desert in search of water and pasture for their animals, they kept their cooking equipment to the bare minimum. An earth oven could be dug quickly, and hot embers and stones from the campfire could be placed inside. The meat would be wrapped in palm leaves, and a mound of sand would seal in the heat.
No Jordanian meal is complete without a cup of Turkish coffee or Arabic coffee with hints of cardamom to help you digest your meal.
Photography
Always respect the privacy of people on the streets in Jordan if you plan on taking their picture. Often, Jordanians love to interact with foreigners and have their picture taken, but always ask for their consent and be polite. The Bedouins in Wadi Rum particularly enjoy the chance to pose for a photo or help you find scenic landscapes. There are certain religious and sacred places that don't allow pictures to be taken.
Travel Insurance
It is the smart decision to get travel insurance when traveling to Jordan to ensure you are protected against unseen medical and non-medical emergencies. Make sure you read your policy carefully and understand all the applicable exclusions and limitations. Usually you will pay for small medical bills while on destination and claim upon arrival, but in the case of a major emergency you must call the insurance company immediately (or have someone call on your behalf), not doing so affects the eligibility of your claim. It is always a good idea to give the details of your policy to a close relative back home and to your travel companion. Protect your investment by also having trip cancellation/interruption insurance.
Tipping Guidelines
Like most major tourist hubs tipping is expected through Jordan.
If you are happy with the service provided and feel you should tip a member of service at the hotel, small note of 1 or 2 Jordanian Dinars is suggested.
For Tour Drivers $5 USD per person per day; For local Guides in Jerash, Petra or Wadi Rum $5 USD to $10 USD for the Tour.
Health Care is not free in Jordan and you are expected to pay, therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase medical travel insurance prior to your trip.
Delayed or missed Flights
Should this events occur let us know as soon as possible 1-800-842-6943 for USA and Canada. Or e-mail us at savemore@traveldiscounters.ca
To call long distance dial 416-481-6701.
Lost or delayed luggage
You must file a report with the airline before leaving the airport. Very important to have a copy of the report with you for insurance purposes, a case number in lieu is also accepted.
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