Guidelines for the tourist visiting Jordan

Jordan

General information about Jordan:

Area: 92,300 sq km

Population: 6,259,932

Population density: 68 people. / Km ²

Ethnic groups: 99% Arabs

Administrative divisions: 12 provinces known as muhofaz

The capital: Amman.

Language: Arabic

Religion: Islam.

Time Zone: UTS + 2 hours

Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 A; standard double plug socket

Currency: Dinar

Location. Jordan (Arabic. ??????, Al-Urdun) is an Arab state in the Middle East. It is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the west. Jordan shares the coastlines of the Dead Sea with Israel and the Palestinian Authority and the Gulf of Aqaba with Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The climate in Jordan is dry and warm most of the time, due to the fact that the greatest part of the country consists of deserts. The average annual rainfall is from 25-50 mm to 200 mm. Average annual rainfall ranges from 300 to 800 mm in the north-west of the country due to the orography and the proximity to the Mediterranean The basic amount of the precipitation falls during the cold period (November to March).

The number of hours of sunshine is 6-7 hours per day in winter and 12-13 hours a day in summer.

The heat and dehydration, which is usual for places like this, can be dangerous for patients with cardiovascular and renal diseases, although a special microclimate of the country mitigates these adverse factors. Evenings can be quite cool even in summer. While having a swim in the Dead Sea it is necessary to protect the eyes, as the high salt content in the water can irritate the mucous membranes. It is best to wear goggles.  Thick slippers are also recommended as the shores are quite stony.

Currency. Jordanian dinar is the currency of Jordan.

One dinar is made up of 100 piasters. Royal dynasty is displayed on banknotes and notes. The coins and bills are written in Arabic and English.

 

Documents. Citizens of Uzbekistan and of other CIS countries must obtain visa to visit Jordan. If a tourist was in the country for more than 48 hours, then on arrival fee of five dinars is charged at the checkout. If a tourist drove through the free trade zone of Aqaba, this fee is charged even if the stay in the country lasts for less than 48 hours. In practice, frequent cases of incompetency of Jordanian border officials are observed. They often require the payment of exit tax, regardless of the purpose of arriving in the country and the time of staying in Jordan. In this case, contact the senior officer in rank and specify whether you should pay the tax.

Clothing. Clothing should be modest (especially in women) and not attractive (for excursions lightweight and comfortable casual clothing and sturdy shoes are recommended). Short skirts and open hands can cause a lot of negative emotions, it is even considered as obscene if a man is wearing shorts in public places. It is forbidden for on-Muslims to enter in some mosques. Women should bear in mind that sitting in the front seat of a vehicle is considered as highly indecent. It is not recommended for women to touch an "alien" man in any case, even for greeting (handshakes and kissing between friends of the same sex is a common occurrence). There are special rooms "for women" in restaurants and cafes.    

Customs regulations. The import of foreign and local currency is not limited (declaration is required). Taking imported currency with is not restricted and national currency mustn’t be more than 300 dinars.                                                                                                                          

Persons under the age of 18 are allowed to bring not more than 200 cigarettes (for every additional 200 cigarettes a fee of 3.75 dinars will be charged, but the total amount should not exceed 2,000 units) or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco; 1 bottle of wine or spirits (for each liter in excess of this amount, but not more than 4 liters, a fee of 2.91 dinars is charged);  reasonable amount of perfume for personal use (not more than two open bottles), as well as souvenirs and gifts in an amount not greater than $ 150. 

The import of drugs is prohibited. The import of weapons (including sports weapons) is allowed only with proper authorization.

When importing and exporting antiques, you should have a receipt issued by the seller. In case of bringing luxury goods you should complete a special declaration and pay the fee for it.           

Pets can be brought only if there is a veterinary certificate of international standard and a certificate of rabies vaccination.   

Safety. Jordan is the most stable and safest Arab country in the Middle East. Crime is almost absent and police patrols are common in the streets, but because of the large influence of national traditions Jordanians themselves take care of their neighborhood, so the complexities regarding issue do not usually arise. Religious conflicts are also absent.  

There are no restrictions on movement within the country. If there is visa permit, no additional permit is required for movement across the country. It is always recommended to have a passport when traveling around the country in case there is a possible check. This is especially true for areas bordered by Israel near the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley and the Arava.