Travel Suggestions and General Information

The traditions and culture of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are extensive. The nation is well-known around the world for its historical sites, geological wonders, and beautiful natural scenery. This gem of the Middle East offers travel opportunities for all budgets. Whether you want a luxury vacation or a budget backpacking trip, Jordan is sure to be an unforgettable experience. We’ll assist you navigate some general facts that will be useful for your next excursions.

His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein is the head of the constitutional monarchy known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The king serves as the nation’s head of state, chief executive, and supreme military commander. On February 7, 1999, the day of the death of his father, the late King Hussein, His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, ascended to the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Despite having a long history that extends back to the dawn of civilization, Jordan’s Hashemite Kingdom did not achieve independence until May 25, 1949. Jordan is an important center for geopolitical activities because of its location at the crossroads of the Middle East, where it connects Asia, Africa, and Europe. It also plays a crucial role as a conduit for trade and communications.

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim nation, and its citizens dress modestly. Women are typically expected to cover their arms, legs, and hair, however neither Western women nor expats must adhere to these traditions. Although, it is advisable to dress conservatively because revealing clothing will generally be viewed as indecent and out of place in public settings.

Arabic is the official language of Jordan, while English is also commonly spoken, particularly in the cities.

Jordan is primarily an Islamic country, yet it values its multiethnic and multi-religious population. The freedom to exercise one’s rights to practice one’s religion and beliefs is guaranteed by the Jordanian constitution. One of the key factors supporting Jordan’s stability and peace is this atmosphere of tolerance. Jordanians are of more than 92% Muslims, while only about 8% are Christians.

Spend some time exploring Jordan’s main towns and cities’ souks, which are expansive open markets. These are treasure troves for people seeking a unique shopping experience. In the Middle East, bargaining is a popular practice because local markets’ pricing are not usually established.

All major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club, are widely accepted and used in Jordan. Please be aware, nevertheless, that many smaller stores may only accept cash payments in Jordanian dinars, which is necessary for buying at the local markets.

The Jordanian Dinar, with the symbol JD, is the local currency. The present notes are: 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 JD. It is advised that you exchange your money at well-known banks, exchange counters, and lodging facilities. Note that it is better to stay away from street money changers. Jordan’s Central Bank determines exchange rates every day.

Contrary to popular assumption, alcohol is easily available in Jordan and is served in a large number of taverns and hotels around the nation. Additionally, certain retail liquor stores sell alcohol. Alcohol consumption is not a popular practice among most residents in a country with a majority Muslim population, so please make sure you enjoy drinking carefully and discretely.

October – March: Greenwich Mean Time plus 2 hours (G.M.T. + 2).

April – September: Greenwich Mean Time plus 3 hours (G.M.T. + 3).

Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time.

Banks, businesses, government offices, and many shops close all day during public holidays.

  • Jordan’s fixed public holidays include (depending on Solar Calendar):
    • New Year’s Day – January 1st.
    • Labor Day – May 1st.
    • Independence Day – May 25th.
    • Christmas Day – December 25th.

 

  • Jordan’s non-fixed public holidays include (depending on Lunar Calendar):
    • Eid al-Fitr – A 3 or 4-day feast marking the end of Ramadan month.
    • Eid al-Adha – A 4 day feast at the end of the Hajj, or month of pilgrimage to Mecca.
    • First of Muharam – Islamic New Year.
    • 12 Rabee Al Awal – The Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Ramadan is a unique holy month that emphasizes fasting, giving, and compassion. The Islamic Lunar Calendar dictates that the dates vary annually. Between dawn and dusk, it is not permitted to eat, smoke, or consume alcohol in public. Except in larger hotels, alcohol is not sold throughout Ramadan. Visitors are kindly asked to refrain doing these activities in public during the fasting hours as a sign of respect; but, if you do so unintentionally, Jordanians will still be kind.

Visitors are requested not to waste Jordan’s limited supply of water by using it carelessly. Although it is not advisable to drink from tap water in Jordan, bottled water is widely available and reasonably priced. However, accommodations with three stars or more usually have their own water filtration systems.