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Country Name
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Geographical Area
92,300 sq km
6,508,887 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
People   Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%
Language   Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes
Religion   Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, other 2%
Government   Constitutional monarchy

Head of Government   Prime Minister: Abdullah Ensour; Chief of state: King Abdullah II
Embassy   American Embassy, Jordan P.O. Box 354 Amman 11118 Jordan Tel : (962) (6) 592-3293
Visas   Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Jordan. Beginning Jan 1st, 2016, all visitors who are staying less than 3 nights in Jordan, must obtain a visa before arrival. This means visas will no longer be issued at the border and must be acquired in advance from the Jordanian Embassy in their country of residence.
Health Risks   Heat exhaustion, sunburn, sunstroke, hypothermia, poisonous aquatic animals, amoebic dysentery (often transmitted in untreated water).
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: May through September – casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A sunhat and sunglasses are essential. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cold desert nights.

WINTER: Mid- November through Mid-March – layered casual clothing made of breathable fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A sunhat and sunglasses are recommended. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cold desert nights.

SPRING/FALL: Mid-March through April and then October through Mid-November – Lightweight wool or topcoat are suggested.

DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require tie and jacket for men.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: Comfortable shoes, a sunhat and sunglasses are recommended.

MOSQUES: Shorts are forbidden. Ladies are required to wear conservative clothing and a headscarf. Men are required to wear slacks and shirt.
Time Zone:   Two hours ahead of GMT/UTC; seven hours ahead of U.S. EST.
Banking / Exchange   All banks, moneychangers and most of the hotels are authorized to buy foreign currency at the official rate of exchange.

Banking hours for the public are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and sometimes from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday through Thursday. Banks are closed on Friday and Saturday.

For the convenience of tourists, many moneychangers are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.
Currency   Jordanian Dinar (JD)
Electric Current   220 AC, 50 cycles
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Most major credit cards are accepted in mid- to large-sized hotels, restaurants and many cosmopolitan boutiques. One may also make cash advances of JD 500 per day at banks

Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted throughout Jordan, but they may be exchanged easily at almost all banks and post offices.
Shopping   General Trade Stores Shopping Hours

Sat – Wed: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday: Closed


Street markets are usually open seven days a week.

Most government offices are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyday except Friday. Post offices hours may vary in each town, but they are generally open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

During Ramadan office and shop hours are usually shorter and restaurants may be closed until dusk

The items most popular to buy are the traditional handicrafts, ceramics, paintings, embroidery, jewelry, musical instruments and Dead Sea beauty products.
Weights & measures   Metric
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Ask any merchant for a for a Tax-Free Shopping form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price.

2. When you leave Jordan, make sure your purchases and receipts are readily available for inspection. Allow plenty of time for this process when you arrive at the airport. A Customs official will stamp your forms. Without this stamp, a check is not valid and VAT refund cannot be made.

3. Your VAT refund will be mailed to you or credited to a credit card.
National Airport   Queen Alia International Airport (Amman) AMM
Major Tourist Attractions   Amman, Aqaba, Decapolis, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea
Tipping Suggestion   Most restaurants will include a service charge in the bill; if it is not, a 10% tip is appropriate. Giving a tip to housecleaning and hotel personnel is customary. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but it is recommended that a fare be agreed upon before entering an un-metered taxi. It is customary to tip tour guides $6 to $8 per person per day on multiday tours and drivers $3 to $4 per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is $10 to $20 for the guide and $5 for the driver.
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