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Jordan Travel Requirements

Jordan has a modern road network of 6640 km (4126 mi), nearly all of it paved. All major cities are linked by asphalt roads, and small towns by oiled or dirt roads. In 1996 there were an estimated 50 passenger vehicles for every 1000 inhabitants. The only rail lines run from the Syrian border through Amman to Ma'an, where branches run southeast to Saudi Arabia and southwest to the port of Al' Aqabah, a total of 293 km (182 mi). The air terminal in Amman is served by Alia-Royal Jordanian Airline and other international airlines.

Required by all except the following countries:

(a)Nationals of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates, provided holding valid passports, for a maximum stay of 3 months.

(b)Transit passengers continuing their journey to another country by the same or first connecting aircraft within 24 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. Some nationalities may obtain a 7-day transit visa upon arrival if travelling from a neighbouring Arab country. Enquire at the Embassy (or Consular section at Embassy) for details.

Passport valid for 6 months, is required by all.

The currency of Jordan is Dinar (JD) = 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils. Coins are in denominations of 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5 and 1 fils.

Currency Exchange
Foreign currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and bureaux de change. Most hotels also provide exchange facilities. The daily exchange rates are published in local newspapers.

Credit cards
American Express and Visa are widely accepted, whilst MasterCard and Diners Club have more limited use. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers cheques
Those issued by UK banks are accepted by licensed banks and bureaux de change. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars.

Banking hours
0830-1230 and 1530-1730 Saturday to Thursday. Hours during Ramadan are 0830-1000, although some banks open in the afternoon.

Duty Free
The following goods may be imported into Jordan without incurring customs duty:

200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco; 1 bottle of wine or 1 bottle of spirits; a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use; gifts up to the value of JD50 or the equivalent to US$150, while the prohibited items are narcotics.

Getting There

The national airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ). British Airways operate several flights a week from London to Queen Alia International airport in Amman. Other airlines serving Jordan include Air France, Alitalia, Air Canada, Cyprus Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa Malaysia Airlines and Olympic Airlines.

Social Conventions
Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. Jordanians are proud of their Arab culture, and hospitality here is a matter of great importance. Visitors are made to feel very welcome and Jordanians are happy to act as hosts and guides, and keen to inform the tourists about their traditions and culture. Islam always plays an important role in society and it is essential that Muslim beliefs are respected.

Arabic coffee will normally be served continuously during social occasions. To signal that no more is wanted, slightly tilt the cup when handing it back, otherwise it will be refilled. A small gift is quite acceptable in return for hospitality. Women are expected to dress modestly and beachwear must only be worn on the beach or poolside.

It is polite to ask permission to take photographs of people and livestock, in some places photography is forbidden.

10-12% service charge is generally added in hotels and restaurants and extra tips are discretionary. Porters' and drivers' tips are about 8%.


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