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About Jordan

Situated in the Middle East, Jordan budget travel offers a chance to explore a land of beautiful scenery, exotic culture and ancient history dating back thousands of years, resulting in a destination that is sure to entice and enthrall.

Jordan Budget Travel

Below is a list of Jordan's top destinations, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Mount Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum Desert

Fast Facts

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)

Dialing Code
962

AIDS

Being a largely Islamic country, Jordan HIV/AIDS is not hugely endemic; however there is a small risk. To ensure that you stay safe from sexually transmitted diseases on your Jordan safari, follow basic precautions and avoid unprotected sex at all costs.

Airports

Jordan airports include the following: • Queen Alia International Airport - Amman • Marka International Airport - East Amman • King Hussein International Airport - Aqaba

Conservation

Jordan conservation play a key role in protecting the country's limited flora and natural regions, that have faced major environmental issues such as desertification, overgrazing, pollution, water limitations and overhunting. Many species of plant and animal are threatened, endangered or near extinct, with conservation groups working to address the issues. Only 3.3% of the total land in Jordan is protected, however continuous efforts are made to address environmental concerns in the country.

Culture

Jordan culture includes the following aspects: • Cuisine includes a diverse range of influences • Sports is a popular past time, with many Jordanians enjoying watching and playing sports • Music takes its influence from Arabic and Western styles • Pop culture is popular with the youth and progressive Jordanians

Customs

Jordan customs regulations permits the following imports: • Tobacco:200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200gof pipe tobacco • Alcohol: 1 litre • Perfume: 2 bottles • Toilet water: reasonable amount • Gifts: valued USD 150

Health

Jordan health info for travellers includes the following: • The most common health risk is travellers tummy from rich foods or tap water • Health facilities are advanced in the major cities, but not in rural areas • Pack a basic first aid kit with medication for upset stomachs, nausea and other minor ailments • Check with your doctor about any health risks or disease outbreaks that may have occurred recently before leaving for your trip

Innoculations

Jordan inoculations include the following: • Diphtheria • Hepatitis A & B • Tetanus • Yellow fever • Rabies

Languages

Jordan languages include the following: • Modern Standard Arabic • Jordanian Levantine • English • French • Spanish • Armenian • Circassian • Chechen • Turkish • Serbo-Croatian • Greek • Bosnian

Malaria

While malaria in Jordan is not a risk, there may be a malaria risk within Asia in general. Travellers who are visiting malaria-risk countries before or after travelling to Jordan should consider malaria medication.

Money

Jordan money and banking info is as follows: • Most establishments accept payment in US dollars • Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops • Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted and may not be exchanged even in banks • Cash machines are found in most supermarkets, banks and other commercial buildings

People

Jordan people include the following ethnic groups: • Jordanian 93% • Circassians • Chechens • Armenians • Turks • Gypsies • Iraqis • Palestinians • Lebanese • Syrians • Egyptians • Kurds

Phrase

Jordan local phrases include the following: • Hello: Marhaba • Good morning: S-bahh Al-khair • Good evening: Masa Al-khair • Please: Men-fadllaak (m) • Please: Men-fadllake (f) • How much: Gha-daish?

Plants

With large percentages of desert, coastline and mountainous regions, Jordan plants are fairly limited. The country has few trees and very small amounts of farmland; with protected wetland regions and nature reserves that protect the remaining natural habitats against further damage.

Population

A July 2010 estimate puts the population in Jordon at 6,269,285 people.

Religion

Jordan religion includes the following: • Sunni Muslim 92% • Christian 7% • No religion 1%

Safety Tips

Jordan safety tips include the following: • There is a high risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East, including Jordan • Avoid large crowds and demonstrations that may become violent • The situation in Iraq has had an impact on local opinion, as has the violence between the neighbouring Israelis and Palestinians • Crime is not a huge issue, however petty crime such as bag snatching may occur • Keep valuables safe and out of sight, especially in the busier cities

Transport

Jordan local transport includes the following options: • Bus • Taxi • Car

Travel Books

Jordan travel books include the following: • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum by Tony Howard • Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by Johan Lewis Burckhardt • Kingdom of the Film Stars: Journey into Jordan by Annie Caulfield • Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler • A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani

Visa Requirements

Jordan visas include the following options: • Single-Entry - US$20 (valid for 2 months) • Multiple-entry - US$40 (valid for up to 6 months) • Visa on Arrival: JD10 (valid for 2 weeks)

What To Buy

What to buy for holidays in Jordan: • Spare batteries for torches and camera • Guide books and Arabic phrase books • Thick socks for hiking boots • First aid kit for travel purposes • Large refillable water bottle, or plenty of bottled water

What To Pack

What to pack for safari in Jordan: • Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses • Bathing suit and towels • Headscarves for women, plus long skirts and t-shirts that cover shoulders • Comfortable walking shoes plus sandals • Camera with spare batteries and memory card/film • Guide book and phrase book • Basic first aid kit

When To Go

The best time to visit Jordan: • The best time to visit climate-wise is in Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) • April offers warm temperatures and wildflowers are in bloom during this month • Winter (December-February) can be extremely cold, with snow in some parts • Summer (June-August) can be unbearably hot, with temperatures near the desert hitting extreme levels

 

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