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About Jordan  
Location - Asia, Middle East.
Area - 89,342 square Km.
Boundaries - 1,619 km Coastline: 26 Km.
Border Countries - North: Syria 375 km; North East: Iraq 181 km South & South East: Saudi Arabia 728 km; South: Red Sea; West: West Bank 97 km.
Elevation - Extremes Lowest point: 408 m below sea level (Dead Sea area) Highest point: 1,754 m above sea level (Rum mountain in Wadi Rum).
Major Cities - Ajloun, Aqaba, Amman, Irbid, Jerash, Karak, Ma'an, Madaba, Mafraq, Salt, Tafileh, Zarqa.

Jordan, a young country dense with history, full of natural wonders and historical
Situated just east of the River Jordan, it continues to be a bridge between ancient and new civilizations and an open air museum in almost all its entirety.
Jordan is a country for all seasons. In winter it offers therapy at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where "floating" rather than "swimming" is a unique adventure in the extremely saline and mineral rich waters.
The adventurous travelers can practice year round a variety of water sports at the resort of Aqaba, on the Red Sea, home of one of the best coral reefs in the world.
The more romantic visitor can camp in bedouin tents or sleep right under the stars, climb mountains or ride camels on the very trek followed in desert of Wadi Rum by Lawrence of Arabia.
In summer, Petra, the ancient rose-red city carved in mountain rock is your ultimate, and astonishing destination. It is as beautiful to see as are northern parts of the country, Umm Qais, Jerash with its wonderfully preserved Roman ruins, or the capital, Amman, and the mosaic city of Madaba. A world of mystery and wonderful hospitality is open for you just east of the River Jordan.
Shopping bargains, souvenirs, excellent oriental and international cuisine, aromas, flavours, colors and most of all smiling people will mix and blend to make your stay in Jordan an unforgettable one.
A host of prophets graced Jordan by living in or traveling through Jordan, these include Nuh (Noah), Lut (Lot), El-Khedr (St. George), Ibrahim (Abraham), Ilyas (Elijah), Hud, Shu'ayb (Jethro), Yosha' (Joshua) his tomb near Salt, Musa (Moses) the site of his death on Mount Nebo, Harun (Aaron) his tomb in Petra, Dawud (David) his Shrine in Mazar Al-Shamali near Kerak, Sulayman (Solomon), Ayyub (Job), Yahya (John), Eesa (Jesus), and prophet Mohammad, Peace and blessing be upon them All.

In 1921 H.E.H Emir Abdullah ibn Al-Hussein secured recognition for the Emirate of Trans-jordan, that became fully established in 1923.

Fully independence came on May 25, 1946. In 1950 it became Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

King: His Majesty King Abdullah II, son of the late his Majesty King Hussein I.
Crown Prince H.R.H.: Crown Prince Hamza, son of the late his Majesty King Hussein I.


Location & General Informations

Southwestern Asia, situated near the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, bounded on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq and Saudi Arabia, on the south by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aqaba, and on the west by Palestine and Israel. See map in Map & Sites page.

Official language: Arabic.
Second language: English.
Religions: Muslims 94% - Christians 5%.
Measures: Metric.
Time: GMT +02:00 - US EST +7.
Electricity: 220 Volts, 50 AC.
Currency: Jordanian Dinar.
Int'l Dialing Code: 00962.

Business Hours

Government Offices: 8:00 to 16:00 (Sun to Thu).
Banks: 8:30 to 17:00 (Sun to Thu) - ATM services available.
Shops & Malls: 9:00 to 20:30.
Private Sector: 9:00 to 18:00 - with one or two hours launch break .
Note: during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are usually reduced.


Entry Requirements

Individuals and groups of all nationalities (with some exceptions) are issued visa upon arrival at any port of entry in Jordan upon presentation of passport, or at Jordanian diplomatic missions abroad.

See this list of visa restricted and non-restricted countries.

The fee for the visa is JD 10 = $15 for all nationalities except Arabs (free). There is also a departure tax of JD 5 = $7.5.

For groups, collective list is necessary which includes: Surname, Profession, Date and Place of Birth, Nationality, Passport Information (Number, Issue Date, Expiry Date). Collective visas for groups from any port or border are free of charge except from Sheikh Hussein and Araba borders.

Note: Previous visa is required, except when crossing from Jerusalem to Amman via Allenby.


Currency & Exchange

The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) which equals $1.4 US Dollars (One US Dollar = 0.708 JD). One JD is 1000 fils.

Coin denominations are: 10, 25, 50, 100 fils, 0.25, and 0.5 dinar.
Paper denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars.

Exchange facilities are available at all points of entry, banks, hotels, and currency exchange offices. Rates are displayed and you may wish to ask for a receipt. There are no restrictions on visitors to bring in, and take out, foreign currencies. Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates published in daily newspapers.

Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club.


Climate

The climate depends on which part of the country you are in, as altitude ranges from 400 meters (1,312 feet) below mean sea level at dead sea, to 1850 meter above sea level at the Al-Shirah mountains.

The climate tends to be dry during Summer, while Winter and Spring are cooler, and during these seasons most of the country's rainfall occurs. June to September are the hottest months of the year where temperature rises to about 32oC (89.6 F).

The period between December and March is the coolest. Snowfall often occurs and temperatures stay around 15oC (59 F) during the day.


Holidays

Friday and Saturday are the official weekly holiday. Some tourist services stay open while businesses and banks are closed.
  
New Year: 1st January.
King Abdullah II Birthday: 30th January.
Labor Day: 1st May.
Independence Day: 25th May.
King Abdullah II Accession: 9th June.
Army Day & Arab Renaissance Day: 10th June.
King Hussein's Birthday: 14th November.

Islamic holidays based on Hijri/Lunar calendar
Eid Al-Fiter: 3 days marking end of Ramadan (fasting month).
Eid Al-Adha: 4 days at the end of Hajj.
Islamic New Year: 1st of Moharram.
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Birthday: 12th Rabe'a El-Awwal.
Al-Isra' Wal Mi'raj: 27th Rajab.

Christianity holidays
Christmas Day: 25th of December.
Easter: 2 Days.


Tourist Information Offices

Queen Alia Airport : +962-6-4451531.

Royal Jordanian Airlines
Inquiries: +962-6-4453333.
Flight Information: +962-6-4453200.
Sales: +962-6-5663525.
Reservations: +962-6-5678321.
Cargo: +962-6-4641804.


Emergency Phone Numbers

Phone Inquiries 24hrs.: 1212 (local).
Police: 191 (local).
Amman Civil Defense: 199 (local).
Irbid Civil Defense: +962-2-243323.
Health Complaints: +962-6-5661171.
Amman Fire Brigade: +962-6-4622090/93.
Blood Bank: +962-6-4749121.
Highway Police: +962-6-5343401.
Traffic Police: +962-6-4896390/1.
Traffic Accidents: +962-6-4896390.
Amman Municipality : +962-6-4787111.
Electricity Emergency: +962-6-4750981/2/3.


Tipping

Tipping is a way of showing your satisfaction with a service rendered. Tips to your driver, guide and the hotel personnel are not included and left to your discretion.


Map & Sites

Road Distance between cities in Km.

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Amman 01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ajloun 02

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Umari 03

150

202

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aqaba 04

328

396

464

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azraq 05

103

155

48

415

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Hussien Brdg. 06

56

78

200

366

152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iraq Border 07

331

333

278

654

229

387

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irbid 08

89

32

193

412

143

109

309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerash 09

51

22

109

374

132

88

311

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerak 10

118

182

253

237

205

146

434

198

160

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma'an 11

212

279

347

117

289

250

528

295

257

144

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madaba 12

32

95

167

323

119

60

348

113

74

86

213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mafraq 13

70

65

147

397

98

136

269

45

43

186

280

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Shuna 14

103

53

213

426

164

93

344

34

68

212

369

126

79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petra 15

230

297

365

97

317

268

546

313

275

142

45

228

298

327

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt 16

30

63

140

353

123

38

351

89

50

139

236

53

91

78

254

 

 

 

 

 

Mudawra 17

342

409

477

247

428

380

658

425

387

174

130

343

410

439

17

366

 

 

 

 

South Shuna 18

47

68

191

357

143

10

378

100

79

136

240

50

117

83

258

28

370

 

 

 

Syria Border 19

94

57

190

414

141

131

312

25

43

202

298

116

43

60

316

93

428

121

 

 

Tafila 20

179

242

321

178

266

207

495

259

221

61

91

147

247

272

81

200

221

197

264

 

Zarqa 21

23

80

127

349

79

79

308

92

59

139

233

53

47

117

251

44

363

70

90

200

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