The capital is Amman.
The population is 5.2 million people.
Territory – 89492 sq. km.
The language is Arabic, English is very common, there are people who speak Russian.
Religion – The vast majority are Sunni Muslims, there are also Christian Arabs.
Time is 1 hour behind Moscow time; Daylight Saving Time is practiced.
Electricity – 220 volts 50 hertz. An adapter is required for local electrical sockets. You can ask for it at the reception.
Safety – many people are afraid to travel in Jordan, and safety is the first thing that worries our compatriots. This is understandable, but worry is in vain! Jordan, despite being an Arab country and bordering on Syria and Iraq, is a quiet and very peaceful country. It is safe to walk the streets here at any time of the day or night. However, women should not go out alone in the evening in short skirts, tight shorts, etc.
Arrival/departure – We recommend arriving at the airport 2.5 hours before the plane’s departure from Moscow, and 2 hours before the departure from Amman. Flight time from Moscow to Amman is about 4.5 hours.
At the Amman airport you will be met by our representative after receiving your luggage with a sign of the host (to be indicated). He will help you go through all the formalities.
Visa, customs, sanitary and veterinary control. A tourist visa can be obtained at the consulate in Moscow (production time – 1-2 days) or directly upon arrival at the airport of arrival for free. Visa is valid for 1 month. The customs regime is generally liberal. The import of a number of high-demand goods (tobacco products, alcohol, etc.) is limited, including by a duty on excess quantities. When exporting antiquities and antiques, a special permit from the Department of Antiquities is required. The export of any kind of coral is prohibited. The sanitary and epidemiological situation is generally favorable. Presentation of a certificate of vaccination when entering the country is not required.
Days off – Friday – the official day off and Saturday; shops owned by Christians may be closed on Sunday as well. The working day ends relatively early (compared, for example, with Egypt).
The climate is subtropical Mediterranean. It is cool in Jordan in the evening, especially in the mountains and deserts, so a warm sweater can come in handy even in summer. According to bridgat, the day is usually warm. The Dead Sea, Aqaba and the hot springs (Main) are warmer than the rest of the country. But do not forget that the sensations with the same thermometer readings in Russia and Jordan are different – at 25 degrees in Amman it can be quite cool, and at local 35 – much more comfortable than at Moscow 25.
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Souvenirs – woven rugs from Madaba, bottles of multi-colored sand from Petra (it is better to buy in Petra itself – only real sand of natural shades is used there), olive wood crafts, ceramics and copper utensils, jewelry (in Jordan cheap gold, the price of the metal is fixed, but the price for the work can sometimes be “brought down” by almost half), Bedouin jewelry made of black silver and much more. You can buy Jordanian-made cosmetics based on Dead Sea products. As for the famous therapeutic mud, you can collect it yourself or ask one of the staff at the hotel on the Dead Sea to help you find it.
Currency – Jordanian dinar (1 dinar = 1.41 US dollars). A dinar is equal to 1000 fils and 100 piastres. Banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars and coins of ½ and ¼ dinars are used in circulation. Money can be exchanged at the airport, hotels and exchange offices. Payment for goods and services usually takes place in dinars, but US dollars are also readily accepted.
Banks across the country are open from Sunday to Thursday inclusive from 08:30-15:00, and some re-open from 15:30 and stay open until 17:30. The offices of the vast majority of companies are open from 08:30 to 13:00 and 15:30-18:30. Government offices are open from 08:00 to 15:00. Shops are open from 09:30 to 13:30, then reopen at 15:30 and stay open until 18:00. Large stores (usually supermarkets) are open without interruption from 08:00 to 20:00. During Ramadan, the holy holiday for Muslims, most shops close early.
Credit cards, and above all American Express, Visa, Master Club and Diners Club, are accepted for payment in all major stores, hotels and restaurants.
Telephone communication – The country’s telephone code is 962. To call from Jordan to Russia, dial 007. To call from one city in Jordan to another, dial 0 (analogue of eight) + city code (for example, Amman +6, Aqaba and Petra +3). Phones that start with 079 and 077 are mobile. When calling them, the caller is charged as for a long-distance call. In some hotels, a call to a mobile phone may be billed as a call abroad. In addition, most hotels charge for at least 3 minutes, which can be inconvenient if you need less time to talk, or if, for example, the person you called had an answering machine. Ambulance – 199. Police – 191. Rescue Service – 190.