Before the trip to Jordan

Before the trip to Jordan

If your passport does not meet all the requirements, you must obtain a new one. Otherwise you risk being denied entry to Jordan. You must then also send us a copy of this new passport in order for it to match the visa. If you are traveling with a large amount of cash or valuables, you may have to declare this to customs on arrival. If you buy expensive gifts or souvenirs during the trip, it may be advisable to save the receipt. This also applies if you exchange local currency for yourself in order to be able to show it at customs as proof that it has been done legally. It is illegal to buy and take antiques with you.

Vaccinations and health
Travel to Jordan requires a valid certificate from travelers traveling from areas where Yellow Fever occurs. We recommend that you review your basic protection, and get vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Contact your vaccination center for advice before your trip to Jordan. In other respects, good hand hygiene is recommended during the journey and to only drink bottled water.

Weather and clothing The
best time to travel to Jordan is during May-October when there is little precipitation and the temperature is around 30C on the coast, but cooler in the mountains. However, it can get very hot in the desert area. During the day, light clothing is recommended, however, with a sweater or thinner jacket in the evening when the temperature can drop. It is also a good idea for ladies to bring a shawl for these perhaps colder evenings but also to be able to cover their hair and possibly bare shoulders during visits to mosques and churches during the trip. Please note that if you choose to pack a skirt for the trip, choose a model that ends below the knees. This also applies to shorts, for both women and men. Bring rainwear of the easily packed type, as well as soft clothes for visits to Petra and Wadi Rum. The most important thing is foot-straight shoes during days with programs.

Currency and exchange
Nowadays you can use credit cards and withdraw the local currency on site in most major cities around the world. But it is a good idea to ask your bank about what applies to your card in the countries we visit during the trip. This is to minimize the risk of problems or unexpected charges. Some shops and hotels charge an extra fee if you pay by credit card to cover their bank charges.
Currency units are Jordanian dinars (JD). A dinar is divided into 1000 files. Credit and debit cards (VISA and MasterCard) can be used both for ATM withdrawals but also for payments at hotels, restaurants or in shops. Jordanian dinars can be exchanged in Sweden before departure to Jordan.

Transport and communications
Perhaps the most convenient way to travel around Jordan is to share a taxi, a common and very popular phenomenon throughout the Middle East. You gather at the station, find out the destination and when the taxi is full you go, something that is often as cheap as the bus, but which is usually more flexible. However, agree on the price before the trip. If you take a regular taxi, make sure that the taximeter is switched on.

Food & beverage
During a trip to Jordan, we get to enjoy Jordan’s cuisine, which consists largely of dishes typical of the Middle East, including falafel, kebabs, hummus and various types of salads. A typical Jordanian dish is mensaf, which is derived from Jordanian Bedouins. Mensaf is a spicy lamb, served with rice, not unlike pilaf. Lamb is otherwise a favorite among the Jordanians and they cook and eat all its parts. The most popular drink is Arabic coffee and tea, as well as the spirit drink arrak. There is also a domestic beer production in Jordan and here the beer brand Petra Beer can be mentioned.

Shopping and gifts
Suitable to buy during the trip in Jordan can be different types of crafts, including jewelry and ornaments of various kinds. Arrak is also recommended as a souvenir.

General and Mixed
Languages: Arabic is the national language but English is spoken by most Jordanians with higher education. English-language radio and daily press are available.
Local time: One hour before Swedish time.
Electricity: 220 V AC. There are several types of connectors. Adapter recommended.
Tips: In Jordan, the tips system is much more developed than in Europe. It is seen as a wage benefit that many are completely dependent on for their livelihood.

Before the trip to Jordan