Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية - Al-Mamlakah al-Urdunniyyah al-Hāšimiyyah The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, also known as the JK (short for The Jordanian Kingdom) or simply Jordan, is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan in the Middle East. It borders Saudi Arabia to the south-east, Iraq to the east, Syria to the north, the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing control of the Dead Sea. Jordan's only port is at its southern tip, at the Gulf of Aqaba, which is shared with Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Much of Jordan is covered by the Arabian Desert. However, the north-western part of Jordan is part of the Fertile Crescent. The capital city is Amman.
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Largest Cities: Irbid, Zarqa, Balka, Mafraq, Kerak
Oficial Language: Arabic, English
Population: 6.25 Million (2010 Estimate)
Religion: Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, Others 2%
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD) - For daily curency exchange rate XE - Universal Currency Converter
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Electricity: 230V. Flat blade plug, Three round pins arranged in a triangle, Two parallel flat pins with ground pin, Two round pins
Measurement: Metric and Kilo system
Weekend: Friday and Saturday
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
Jordanian Embassy in Ireland
Irish Embassy in Jordan
Diplomatic Representation for Syria is handled by the embassy in Egypt (Cairo)
22 Hassan Assem St, Zamalek, Cairo
T: + 202 2 735 8264 F: +202 2 736 2863
Honorary Consul of Ireland in Jordan
MEDICA Centre Building, No. 4 Mecca Street, Um Uthina, Amman
PO. Box 306, Amman, 11118
T: +962 6 551 6807 F:+962 6 551 6804
British Consulate General in Jordan
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL / VACCINATION ADVICE SERVICES
Travel Advice Information:
Department of Foreign Affairs (IRELAND) Travel Advice: Follow this link
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (BRITAIN) Travel Advice: Follow this link
ENTRY VISA / PASSPORT INFORMATION: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. The cost of one entry visa for all nationalities is JD 10 (around $14) for all nationalities and for multiple entries it is JD 20 (around $28). Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator are exempted from all visa charges. European travellers do not require to obtain a visa prior to their travel to Jordan. Entry visa will be issues at the port of arrival.
WEATHER IN JORDAN: The climate in Jordan is semi-dry in summer with average temperature in the mid 30°C (mid 90°F) and relatively cooler in winter averaging around 13 °C (55 °F). The western part of the country receives greater precipitation during the winter season from November to March and snowfall in Amman (756 m (2,480 ft) ~ 1,280 m (4,199 ft) above sea-level) and Western Heights of 500 m (1,640 ft). Excluding the rift valley the rest of the country is entirely above 300 m (984 ft). The country's long summer reaches a peak during August. January is usually the coldest month. The fairly wide ranges of temperature during a twenty-four-hour period are greatest during the summer months and have a tendency to increase with higher elevation. Daytime temperatures during the summer months frequently exceed 29 °C (84.2 °F) and average about 32 °C (89.6 °F). In contrast, the winter months September to March bring moderately cool and sometimes very cold weather, averaging about 3.2 °C (37.8 °F).
TELEPHONE SYSTEM / MOBILE PHONES: To dial abroad from Jordan: 00-Country Code-Area Code (drop 0 if present)-Phone Number. To dial abroad (mobile) from Jordan: 00-Country Code-Operator Code (drop 0 if present)-Phone Number If your mobile phone is roaming enabled; you will be able to use it in Jordan (subject to your carrier charges and terms).
BANKING/ATM MACHINES/CARDS: Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and at most hotels. Street money-changers are best avoided. Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank. Check with your bank for terms and charges.
WHAT TO WEAR: You can almost wear anything you want in Jordan. In Amman many Jordanians dress like in Europe. Outside west Amman , however, customs become more conservative. It is important to remember that outside affluent West Amman, Jordanians are not particularly interested in edgy western clothing trends. Showing a lot of skin – whether you are male or female – can be embarrassing to most Jordanians. Wear comfortable shoes, suitable for outdoor in hot summer season and cold winter days. Make sure you protect yourself from sun. Bring sun cream, sun glasses and and hat. In the winter Jordan is cold at night (and often during the day). Bring warm clothing such as jacket, windbreaker, sweater and warm throusers.
SAFETY AND WELLBEING: Jordan is a very safe country as a holiday destination in Middle-East. As it is the case when travelling in any country though, be careful with your personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. If you have any medical condition and take medical drugs, ensure that you have the information about these with you. If you require prescribed medicine, please consult with your doctor before departure. Please make sure you have valid travel/personal/health insurance and you have your policy documents with you.
DRINKING WATER / FOOD: Although it is usually safe to drink tap water, we advise you to drink bottled water. For any food allergies you may have, please ask your tour guide or server if you are unsure.
Antiques: Please note that it is strictly forbidden to export antiquities or antiques from Turkey and there are severe penalties for those who attempt to do so. In order to export such items legally it is necessary to obtain a certificate from a directorate of a museum.
Drugs: Please note that bringing into or out of the country, together with consumption of, marijuana and other narcotics is strictly forbidden and is subject to heavy punishment. If you have prescribed medication, which you need to take on holiday with you, you will need a doctor's note and/ or a copy of your prescription which can be sent to our office for translation. Please call our office for further details.
Driving: You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence. You should have your driving licence, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times. Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indicated by yellow signs
DISTANCES IN JORDAN
From Amman (km)
Irbid:88 | Aqaba: 324 | Ma'an: 210 | Madaba: 32 | Karak: 118 | Ajloun: 76 | Wadi Rum: 311
Bethany beyond the Jordan: 45 | Petra: 226 | Umm Qais: 101 | Syrian Border: 90 | Iraqi Boder: 331
London - Amman 3600 km | Dublin - Amman: 4100 km
All information provided here are based on various official and un-official third-party sources. We made our best effort to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication. Asia Minor Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes or difference of opinions.