Before Your Jordan Tours Know All About Jordan at Red Rock Tours
Jordan: The Royal Tour
The cost of a one-entry visa for all nationalities is JD 10 (approximately US$14) and for multiple entries, JD 20 (approximately US$28). Groups of five persons or more arriving through a designated Jordanian tour operator are exempt from all visa charges. Departure tax for non Jordanians is JD5 (approximately US$7), from any border except airports.
Jordan boasts a Mediterranean climate ideal for year-round holidays and travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23ºC (73ºF). Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, while autumn is equally mild and pleasant. July and August are hot and dry but not oppressive. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures averaging 16-22ºC (61-72ºF) between November and April. There is very little rain in the Aqaba area or in the desert. Visitors from northern climates should always be aware of the inherent risks involved from extended exposure to the sun and are advised to take appropriate precautions.
Even in summer, evenings can be cool, so a warm top is recommended at night. In winter, it is advisable to bring a warm coat and raincoat, since the weather can turn rather cold, especially in Amman and the east.
Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Muslim women’s clothing often covers their legs, arms, and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate, and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman and outside the cities. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area. Topless sunbathing is prohibited and one-piece swimsuits are preferred, although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable at hotel pools.
Smoking is wide-spread in Jordan, however smoke-free accommodation is available in larger hotels. Smoking a nargileh, the traditional water pipe or hubbly-bubbly, is an interesting experience.
Tipping is never required but always appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a small tip for the waiters is appropriate. For hotel bellmen and porters, 1JD, or US$2 is customary; in taxis, add about 200 fils to the price of the metre.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, alcohol is not sold, except in larger hotels. Eating, drinking, and smoking in public is discouraged during the hours of daylight. Most stores, banks and offices at 09:00, and close early, at 14:00. Other businesses have more limited hours.