Jordan, a land of ancient wonders, breathtaking landscapes, and some seriously delicious food. Here, you can channel your inner Indiana Jones and explore ancient ruins, float on the Dead Sea like a cork, and indulge in more falafel than you ever thought humanly possible. It’s a country where history and modernity collide, where donkeys share the road with luxury cars, and where you’ll never run out of tea or shisha. So buckle up and get ready for a wild ride through one of the Middle East’s most enchanting destinations.
The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) seasons when the weather is mild, and the landscapes are lush and green. During these months, temperatures are comfortable, and rainfall is minimal, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and exploring ancient ruins.
In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in Jordan can soar to over 100°F (38°C), particularly in the desert regions. While this may be a good time for swimming in the Red Sea or Dead Sea, it can be challenging to explore other parts of the country in the extreme heat.
Winter (December to February) can be cold, particularly in the northern regions, with occasional snowfall. However, it can also be a beautiful time to visit for those who enjoy winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding.
The official language in Jordan is Arabic. ButEnglish is also widely spoken especially in the cities.
The official currency in Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JOD) and you can pay by credit card in bigger restaurants, hotels and shops, but not everywhere. It is therefore always useful to have enough cash with you, also to give tip.
You will find ATM’s in every touristic area and/or major cities where you can withdraw money, but not in the more remote places.
As Jordan is an African country, European roaming charges don’t count. It is therefore best to buy a local SIM card (e.g. at the airport) to be able to use mobile data at low cost.
For Jordan there are five associated power plug types, C, D, F, G and J. They operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Jordan is, in general, a safe country to travel with a low criminal rate. But you have to be aware of pickpockets and scammers, especially in busy tourist areas. There are also certain areas of the country that are considered more sensitive or volatile, particularly near the borders with Syria and Iraq. It is recommended to avoid travel to these areas.
The time zone in Jordan is GMT+3.
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
C, D, F, G AND J
Tipping isn’t mandatory but is generally appreciated in Jordan, particularly in the service industry.
In restaurants, it is common to leave a tip of around 10% of the total bill if a service charge has not already been included. In cafes and bars, it is customary to round up the bill or leave a small tip of a few coins.
Tipping for other services such as taxi rides, hotel staff, and tour guides is also appreciated. It is recommended to tip taxi drivers around 10% of the fare, while hotel staff and tour guides can receive around 1-2 JOD per day.
Haggling is a common practice in Jordan, particularly in markets and souks where vendors often set prices higher than what they expect to receive. If you are interested in purchasing goods such as souvenirs, clothing, or spices, it is expected that you will engage in some form of bargaining. Remember to be reasonable and consider the value of the item you are purchasing. It is not appropriate to engage in haggling for basic necessities such as food or transportation.
Do not drink tap water. You should only drink bottled water but you can brush your teeth with teeth using tap water.
Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country, and as such, it is important to be respectful of local customs and dress modestly in public. While there is no official dress code in Jordan, it is recommended that both men and women dress conservatively when in public spaces, particularly in more traditional or religious areas. For women, shoulders and knees should be covered. For men, regular clothes will suffice, but vest tops should be avoided.
Tourists are often taken advantage of. They get scammed and people expect you to pay for everything. If someone appears overly friendly, there is a possibility that there might be something more to it.