Visas

All visitors to Jordan must hold passports that are valid for at least six months beyond the proposed data of entry to the country .Everyone other than nationals of certain Arab countries must also have a visa to enter Jordan.

Single and multiple entry visas are available in advance from Jordanian embassies and consulates abroad. Single entry visas are also issued to EU, USA, Canadian, Australian ,and New Zealand nationals at all land, sea and air borders except the King Hussein (Allenby)Bridge . However, all participations can obtain a single entry visa upon arrival to Queen Alia Airport in Amman airport-authority.com/AMM

Visa fees vary dramatically and although it’s infinitely less hassle just to buy a visa when you arrive, applying in advance can work out considerably cheaper for some nationalities, from a Jordanian consulate abroad. You will have to fill out an application form, attach a photo and pay the fee. Please contact the Consulate near you for detailed information about the requirements.

Border Visa

It is easier to pick up the visa at the border when entering Jordan. In this case no application form and photo required. As of 1st January 2011 the single entry visa for all nationalities will cost JD 20 (around $US 30), visa for 2 entries will cost JD 30 (around $US 42) and for multiple entries will be JD 60 (around $US 90). Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator are exempted from all visa charges. There is an official money exchange counter at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman before the passport control, so you can change money without any problem right after landing, even in the middle of the night.

Currency

The Jordanian unit of currency is the dinar, abbreviated to JD. Its exchange rate is pegged to the dollar at US$1=JD0.709.

Banknotes in circulation are JD 50, JD 20, JD 10, JD 5, JD 1,all with Arabic on one side and English on the other.

Banks and cash Machines

Banks are normally open 8.00-15.00. Most banks have a bureau de change. Please note that banks are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. There are cash machines outside most branches of banks.

Changing and Carrying Money

For changing cash, every town has a welter of banks, with no difference in exchange rates between them, all generally offer fast service. If you want to change money outside the rather limited bank opening hours 8.00-15.00 closed on Fridays and Saturdays, you have to hunt down an exchange bureau.

Embassies

A guide to Embassies located in Amman can be found at visitjordan.com

Shopping

Souvenir shops are found in most Shopping centers and in large hotels. These should certainly not be ignored. They retail items for which there has been demand among tourists from different parts of the world. As for gold and silver, most of the work is done in Jordan by hand and with infinite patience. Items are priced according to weight and each shop has a set of finely balanced scales. Most of these shops are located in Amman, down town in the gold souk bordering on King Feisal Street. All are within a one-minute walk of each other and quite easy for a tourist and most shop assistants are able to communicate in English. How to get to these shops using the yellow cab, go to the help desk.

Police and Trouble

As participation in the Forum, the chance of coming into contact with any criminal activity while in Jordan is remote. The sense of honor and hospitality to guests embedded deep within the Arab culture, coupled with a respect for others mean that you’re very unlikely to be robbed, Mugged, conned or pick pocked while in Jordan. I case you face any problem, please call Tel: 191.

Departure Tax

Payable as you leave: only JD 10by air or JD 4 by land.

Where to go

The prime attraction in Jordan is Petra. An unforgettably dramatic 2000years old city carved out of a red sandstone valley in the south of the country. Hidden away from view behind mountain peaks its numinous atmosphere and extraordinary architecture defy summary.

However, Jordan has a wealth of historical sites aside from Petra, Jerash, but also including Umm Qais, set on a dramatic promontory overlooking the Sea of Galilee, and Pella, where Jerusalem’s Christians fled Roman Persecution in town and regional center for mosaic art during the Byzantine period, houses the oldest Known map of the Middle East, made up of millions of tessellates laid on the floor of a church.