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When to go
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Amman and the Dead sea.
Average daytime maximum temperatures in Amman range from 15°C in January to 32°C in August.
Winter can be surprisingly cold. Snow in Amman is not unheard of (even Petra gets the occasional fall) and the deserts can be freezing, especially at night. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and a windproof and waterproof jacket. Aqaba is the one exception, with average daytime maximum temperatures of around 20°C in JanuaryMadafen
In high summer (July and August) the weather in the humid Jordan Valley is oppressive - with suffocating daytime highs well in excess of 35°C. It's also fiercely hot in the desert (including Wadi Rum ), though this is a dry heat and thus easier to deal with. The tourist authorities usually plan festivals (such as the Jarash Festival) for the summer period. If you do visit in summer, come well prepared with a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.
Note also that most of the excellent ecotourism projects operated in Jordan's Dana, Wadi Mujib and Ajlouin nature reserves only operate between March and October.
Get in / Visa
Visitors to Jordan from non-Arab countries will need a visa, easily obtainable on arrival at most border points. Visa prices have finally been standardized for non-Arabs at JD 10 for single entry, JD 20 for multiple entry.
Get in / By plane
Jordan's national airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines. In addition, Jordan is served by a number of foreign carriers including BMI, Air France, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates and Delta Airlines.
Queen Alia International Airport is the country's main airport. It is 35km south of Amman .You should allow 45 minutes to reach the airport from the downtown Amman, approximately 30 minutes from West Amman.
In addition to Queen Alia, Jordan has two other international airports:
* Marka International Airport in East Amman (serving routes to nearby Middle Eastern countries, as well as internal flights to Aqaba).
* King Hussein International Airport in Amman.
Get in / By Boat
Jordan can be entered at the port of Aqaba via the Egyptian port of Nuweiba / Taba. There are two services, ferry and speedboat. The slow ferry might take up to 7 hours; the speedboat consistently makes the crossing in about an hour.
The national language of Jordan is Arabic. Most Jordanians speak English, especially in urban area such as Amman / Petra / Aqaba / Wadi Rum . French and German are the second and third most popular languages after English.
The currency is the Jordanian dinar (JD), divided into 100 piastres (or qirsh).
Banknotes are found in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinar denominations. The currency rate is effectively fixed at 0.71 JD per US dollar (or 1.41 dollars per dinar). Most upper scale restaurants and shops at shopping malls also accept US dollars and Euros.
Jordanian cuisine is quite similar to fare served elsewhere in the region. The daily staple being khobez, large, flat bread sold in bakeries across the country. Delicious when freshly baked.
For breakfast, the traditional breakfast is usually fried eggs, labaneh, cheese, zaatar and olive oil along with bread and a cup of tea. Falafel and hummus are eaten on the weekends by some and more often by others. There's no convention for when you should or should not eat any type of food. It's up to you. This is the most popular breakfast. Manousheh and pastries come in as the second most popular breakfast item. All of the hotels offer American breakfast.
The national dish of Jordan is the mansaf, prepared with jameed, a sun-dried yogurt. Grumpygourmet.com describes the mansaf as 'an enormous platter layered with crêpe-like traditional 'shraak' bread, mounds of glistening rice and chunks of lamb that have been cooked in a unique sauce made from reconstituted jameed and spices, sprinkled with golden pine nuts.' In actuality more people use fried almonds instead of pine nuts because of the cheaper price tag. While mansaf is the national dish, most people in urban areas eat it on special occasions and not every day. Other popular dishes include Maklouba, stuffed vegetables, freekeh.
Jordan uses 220V 50 Hz. But several types of plugs/outlets are used. I.e. German plugs with round pins, UK plugs, and combination plugs that can take both European plugs with round pins and US plugs with flat pins (but still 220 Volt) .
Jordan is very safe. There is virtually no unsafe part of Jordan. Although the rural parts of Jordan have limited infrastructures, the fellahin (or village people) will be happy to assist you.
Jordan is one of the most liberal nations in the region. Women may wear regular clothing without harassment in any part of Jordan. Western fashions are popular among young Jordanian women. However, modest clothing should be worn in religious and old historical sites. Keep in mind Jordan is a Muslim nation and western norms may not be accepted even by Jordan's western educated elite, such as public displays of affection.
As in all urban areas in the world, Jordan's cities have some health concerns but also keep in mind that Jordan is a center for medical treatment in the Middle East and its world-class hospitals are respected in every part of the world. Just remember to have caution with buying food from vendors, the vendors aren't trying to hurt you but the food might be unclean. Hospitals in Jordan, especially Amman, are abundant. Jordan is a hub for medical tourism.
Most of country has mobile coverage. There are four mobile operators.