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Jordan

Name

The official name of Jordan is the ‘Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’.


Capital

Amman.


Government type:

Constitutional monarchy


Population

5.5 million People. Around 70% of the population lives in urban areas, with 2.5 million living in the capital, Amman.


Language

The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities


People

Arabs, Circassia’s and Armenians comprise of the main ethnic groups of Jordan.

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance It’s advisable to apply to tourist visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

October – March: GMT + 2 April – September: GMT + 3 Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time


Communications

Telephone services within Jordan are efficient and reliable. Directories in Arabic and English are widely available and international calls can be made from public and private phones. Internet cafes are widely available throughout the region and the local charges are generally very low


Public Holidays

Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays. Fixed public holidays include: New Year’s Day (1 January) Labour Day (1 May) Independence Day (25 May) Christmas Day (25 December) A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

220 AC volts, 50 Hz, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide.


Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on Saturdays as well


Business Type

Banks 08.30-15.00 (some reopen from 15.30-17.30) Business Offices 08.30-13.00 & 15.30-18.30 Government Offices 08.00-15.00 Shops Flexible but typically 09.30-13.30 & 15.30-18.00


Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Jordan, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your day’s program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful.


Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 7.9 9 11.7 15.8 20.5 23.6 25.1 25.3 23.5 20.2 14.8 9.7


Telephone no

Police 192 Ambulance 193

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance

It’s advisable to apply to tourist visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points

Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

October – March: GMT + 2

April – September: GMT + 3

Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time


Communications

Telephone services within Jordan are efficient and reliable. Directories in Arabic and English are widely available and international calls can be made from public and private phones. Internet cafes are widely available throughout the region and the local charges are generally very low


Public Holidays

Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays.

Fixed public holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • Labour Day (1 May)
  • Independence Day (25 May)
  • Christmas Day (25 December)

A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

220 AC volts, 50 Hz, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide.


Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on Saturdays as well

Business Type

Business Hours

Banks

08.30-15.00 (some reopen from 15.30-17.30)

Business Offices

08.30-13.00 & 15.30-18.30

Government Offices

08.00-15.00

Shops

Flexible but typically  09.30-13.30 & 15.30-18.00


Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Jordan, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your day’s program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful.


Weather

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

7.9

9

11.7

15.8

20.5

23.6

25.1

25.3

23.5

20.2

14.8

9.7


Telephone no

Police 192

Ambulance 193