Located in the the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, Jordan is well known for Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world and the main reason why people visit the country. However, you will be surprised by all the other things that Jordan has to offer, from stunning landscapes to historical religious sites and its peaceful and kind locals.
Why Visit Jordan
Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a city carved into a rock over 2,000 years ago, home to the ancient Nabatean people. Known as the “Rose City” thanks to its color, it is the main attraction of Jordan and a life experience itself.
Surprising for many, the landscape of Jordan are very diverse. There are deserts like the Vally of the Moon, rivers, green mountains and the Dead Sea, famous for its high salt level, which will make you float effortlessly.
Jordan is home to some of the most well-preserved Roman archaeological sites in the world and some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages, like Petra, the ruins in Amman, the ancient city of Jerash, Mount Nebo, Madaba and more.
Jordanians are extremely friendly, generous and hospitable, they will go above and beyond to help and will gladly share their culture with you over a cup of tea. Is one of the Middle East’s safest countries despite its volatile location. There are many different religious living peacefully in the country, however, be aware that the country is majority Muslim and try to respect their traditions and customs.
What to expect
Arabic is the national language in Jordan and probably what you will hear spoken most often, as almost the entire population speak it. However there are other arabic dialects that can be found along the country. English is widely spoken, especially in cities and tourist attractions.
In Jordan the standard voltage is 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Jordanian dinar is the official currency in Jordan. Other foreign currencies are not accepted, however you are able to exchange them at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are available almost everywhere. 1 USD equals 0.71 dinars (as of 2020).
The climate in Jordan is hot and dry almost everywhere. The best time to visit would be in autumn or spring when temperatures are cool enough to enjoy a hike. The warmest month is June, with an average temperature of 89 °F (31.6°C), and the coldest is January, with an average of 45°F (7°C). Summers are hot and dry while winters are relatively cold.
Jordan is very safe, one of the safest countries in the Middle East despite its volatile location. Serious crime is rare, but petty crime does exist and it is recommended to take the usual precautions like protect your valuables and avoid camping alone. It is still safe for women solo traveler, but be aware of the dressing code and avoid traveling alone at night.
Citizens of Bahrain , Egypt, Israel, Kuwait , Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar , Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to visit Jordan.
Nationals of Iran, Afghanistan, Laos, The Philippines and Bangladesh are required to request a visit in advance.
Citizens of all the other countries are required to request for a visa on arrival. Jordan’s visa policy is extremely confusing and it has a lot of changing requirements, it is recommended to research a little bit further when planning your trip.
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