1. Greet people with a handshake, but be aware that conservative, veiled women may not extend their hand.
  2. Stand up and be courteous when greeting others.
  3. Accept Arabic coffee when offered by your host, as it is a symbol of hospitality.
  4. To decline a refill of your coffee, shake your cup from side to side.
  5. Consider leaving a 10% tip for waiters, unless a service charge is already included in the bill.
  6. Dress modestly when in public areas in Jordan.
  7. Respect local customs and traditions, especially in religious places.
  8. Dress modestly, especially in rural and conservative areas.
  9. Bargain when shopping at markets and bazaars.
  10. Do haggle with merchants when shopping.
  11. Try local food and drinks.
  12. Respect personal space and avoid physical contact
  13. Do round your taxi fare up to the nearest tenth when paying your driver.
  14. Do haggle with merchants when shopping.
  15. Do feel free to consume alcoholic beverages, but not in outside public areas.


  1. Don’t take photographs of military installations or government buildings.
  2. Don’t display affection in public.
  3. Don’t use drugs or engage in any illegal activities.
  4. Don’t point the soles of your feet at people, as it is considered disrespectful.
  5. Avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public.
  6. Refrain from discussing religious or sectarian issues, as Jordanians are known for their tolerance and acceptance of different cultures, sects, and religions.
  7. Avoid asking for personal favors.
  8. Do not interrupt or walk in front of someone who may be praying in a public place.
  9. Avoid consuming food, drinks, or smoking in public places during Ramadan.
  10. Don’t be surprised if someone greets you with a kiss on both cheeks, as this is a traditional Arab greeting.
  11. Don’t feel uncomfortable if your host insists on offering you a large amount of food, as this is a symbol of hospitality and generosity in Arab culture.