Jordanians are Arabs, except for a few small communities of Circassians, Armenians, and Kurds who have adapted to Arab culture. The official language is Arabic, but English is used widely in commerce and government. About 70% of Jordan's population is urban; less than 6% of the rural population is nomadic or semi-nomadic. Most of the population lives where rainfall can support agriculture. Approximately 1.7 million registered Palestinian refugees and other displaced persons reside in Jordan, many as citizens. Located at Southwestern Asia, situated near the South - Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, bounded on the north of Syria, on the east by Palestine and Israel.
POPULATION: 5,039,000 (at year 2000)
OTHER PRINCIPAL CITIES: Zarqa, Irbid, Salt, Kerak, Aqaba, Mafrag, Tafileh and Maan
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic
SECOND LANGUAGE: English
RELIGIONS: Muslims 94% Christians 5%
CURRENY AND EXCHANGE FACILITIES
The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) One JD is 1000 fils.
Exchange facilities are available at all points of entry, banks, hotels, and currency exchange offices. Approx. rate of exchange of 1 JOD = 1.42 US$
There are no restrictions on visitors to bring in, and take out, foreign currencies.
Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, American Express and traveler’s cheques.
GMT +2 hours during winter time (1st OCT through 31st March) and GMT +3 hours during summer time (1st April through 30th September).
Mediterranean climate for comfortable year-round travel. Amman is usually sunny and cloudless from May to October with temperatures around 23° Celsius. During Spring season, the Kingdom is filled with greenery and Autumn is equally mild and pleasant. July and August are hot and dry due to the elevation of the capital city, but the evenings are usually cool. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts with temperatures ranging from 16° - 22° Celsius.
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220 volts/50 cycles AC. Sockets are generally of the two-pronged European variety, while a variety of other sockets and plugs—especially the 13 amp square three-pinned plug.
ENTRY VISA 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 aboard with a charge of around JD20.00 per person.
For pre-arranged groups, collective list (landing visa) is necessary which includes: Surname, Profession, Date and Place of Birth, Nationality, Passport Information (Number, Issue Date, Expiry Date) from any port or border are free of charge except from Sheikh Hussein and Arabian borders. More information please check at the nearest embassy or your handling travel agency.
Your passport or travel documents must be valid for 6 months.
Friday and Saturday is the Weekend in Jordan and banks, governmental departments and most businesses are closed. Banks and Government offices regularly open from 8:00 to 15:00. Shopping hours are flexible and stores are usually open from 9:30 - 13:30 and 15:30 - 18:00. Others may be open longer hours between 8:00 - 20:00. Earlier closings are in effect during the month of Ramadan.
Various shopping malls are spread throughout Amman where you can shop from 10:00 till 22:00 hours, nevertheless big Supermarkets are found in Amman and Aqaba such as Carrefour, Safeway, Miles, Cozmo and C-Town and they are open till midnight. On the other hand shopping in Aqaba is very convenient since it is a tax free zone
Jordan is primarily an Islamic country. Moslem women often cover their arms, legs and hair.
Tourists, however, are not subject to these customs but very revealing clothing is not appropriate in public for women. Respect the country’s culture and interaction with local people is most pleasant during the journey.
In fall and winter evenings are cooler so a sweater or jacket is a good idea. In summer days are very hot so you need protection against the sun: long sleeved shirt, hat, sunglasses etc.
Especially for women it is advisable not to wear clothes that are too revealing.
Taking photos is usually no problem but if you want to take a picture of a Jordanian then ask first if they would agree. Especially Muslim women cannot be photographed without asking.
Military installations or palaces and houses of the Royal Family cannot be photographed.
FOOD AND ALCOHOL
Arabic cuisine delights the gourmet, and feasting is a preoccupation of Jordan. Dishes will even satisfy the health conscious because many of them are made with grain, cheese, yogurt, fresh and dried fruits and vegetables. With the use of these grains and vegetables, meat goes a long way and even the simplest ingredients can produce a surprising attractive creation.
Jordan's cuisine, although unique, is part of a distinctive culinary heritage of the Middle-East, which have been savoured for well over a thousand years. In most hotels alcoholic beverages can be bought but in most local restaurants no alcohol is served.
Jordan is a clean country in the region, but it is nonetheless advisable to take some precautions until your digestive system adjusts. Do not drink tap water even at hotel, bottled water is recommended. All fruit and vegetables should be washed thoroughly especially during summer months. All Jordanian dairy products are pasteurised and safe. Medical services are well developed throughout Jordan, with a medical center or clinic in every town and village. You should carry prescriptions of any medicaments you may need, making sure you have the generic name as your specific brand may not be available. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair and a copy of the prescription as well.
LOCAL GUIDE IN JORDAN
Most of licensed local guides provided only at the MAIN sightseeing spots for small party, normally for the group of over 10 persons will provided with a local licensed professional guide during the tour. However our English-speaking chauffeur guide will accompany for small group tour throughout the trip. Private guided services for small group will be on request basis, extra cost applied.
Many of the hotels and restaurants will add 10% to your bill. However, smaller establishments usually expect you to leave a tip in line with the service you received. Taxi drivers are generally not tipped, but it is customary to pay the nearest round figure to the price on the meter. Porter usually gets 1 JD and guides normally gets JD5 ( around USD8.00 ) – guides used to ask for tipping, however it is not compulsory, if you are not happy with their service can refuse to pay.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip.
Please take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Jordan are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
More TRAVEL INFORMATION
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
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