Facts for the Visitor
single-entry visas are easily purchased at the border for JD 10.
required. Visitors permitted to stay 14 days.
Language Skills Needed
sufficient to get around as a tourist, but learning to read numbers
in Arabic is essential.
cash machines are not connected to international networks. In
Amman, the cash machine at HSBC is on the Cirrus and Plus
networks. In Wadi Musa (Petra) one cash machine near the center
roundabout is connected to Plus. There
are no banks or money changers in Wadi Rum.
|US$ 1 =
0.709 Jordanian Dinar (JD) on May 1, 2001. Jordan has a 3-tier
currency system that many Jordanians use to their advantage to
1 Dinar = 100
Piastres = 100 Qirsh = 1000 Fils.
The younger locals talk in Piastres. The older generation talk
in Fils. If someone under the age of 40 says, "the bus
costs 35", they mean 35 Piastres or 350 Fils. If a taxi
meter reads 750, that means 750 Fils (or 3/4 Dinar), not 7.5
Dinar! Nobody talks in Qirsh but the coins are in circulation.
The numbers on all currency are in Arabic only. Study before
arrival or plan to be utterly ripped off.
|220V, 50Hz. Plugs have
2 round pins.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
is the official language, but almost everyone speaks English.
are not required, but they won't be declined.
|Budget accommodation is
generally filthy and ill maintained. Trust nobody including
hotel staff. As a general rule, a hotel manager will lie to
guests about everything to try to trap them into purchasing
their tours. If a hotel manager claims that the public bus
leaves the following day at 07:00, chances are that it actually
leaves at 06:00.
|Public telephones accept
pre-paid telephone cards.
couldn't find any Internet Cafes that support FTP. Prices range
between JD 1 - 2 per hour.
Jordanian bus network is clean, fast, and inexpensive. But don't
trust any bus drivers or bus station attendants to give accurate
information. Even bus employees - all of them in our experience
- will intentionally give tourists false information to make
them miss the bus and have no alternative but to hire a
considerably more expensive taxi. The extent of Jordanian
collaboration to extract extra money from foreigners is
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