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Travel information about Jordan

Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the “Rose City.” In Jordan, hospitality is king. Everywhere you visit, you will hear heartfelt words of welcome, and will often be invited into shops or people’s homes for a glass of sweet tea and a conversation.

Capital city of Jordan: Amman

Closest neighbors to Jordan: Jordan is bordered by EgyptIsrael, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria.

Best times to visit  Jordan: Spring and autumn are the best times to travel to Jordan as the days are warm. Exploring the sites in this climate is pleasant, it is not too hot for hiking in the nature reserves and both flora and fauna are abundant. The summer months here are very hot, with temperatures reaching up into the 40Cs. Temperatures at the Dead Sea and Aqaba, though, have been known to top 45°C, with Aqaba in particular suffering from an intolerable hot wind that makes you feel like you’re basting in a fan-assisted oven. High, hazy light flattens the brown landscape and bleaches any beauty out of the desert.

How to get to Jordan: You can fly into The Queen Alia International Airport, about 35km south of Amman, from major cities in Europe, Middle East, North America, North Africa and the Far East. Car rentals and taxi services are available at the airport.

Visa requirements for Jordan: A passport with a validity of at least six months and a visa are required. Jordan issues single-entry visas to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport and at most international land border crossings. Multiple entry visas must be obtained in advance of travel.

Currency of Jordan: The currency in Jordan is the Jordinian Dinar.

Official Language of Jordan: The official language is Modern Standard Arabic, a literary language taught in the schools. Most Jordanians natively speak one of the non-standard Arabic dialects known as Jordanian Arabic.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Jordan

  • Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas)
  • Petra
  • Quseir Amra
  • Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa’a)
  • Wadi Rum Protected Area

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.