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Climate

Although Jordan is a relatively small country, with an area of around 100,000 square kilometres, in three distinct climatic zones. The largest of those is of course desert, which covers around 80% of the country. The western mountain heights is where most of the cities, towns and archaeological sites reside, while the Jordan Valley, averaging around 300 metres below sea level has an entirely different climate than the rest of the country.

Jordan has 4 distinct seasons; winter and spring are relatively short, while summers are long, dry and relatively hot. The low humidity means that even temperatures in the low thirties are bearable. Jordan does not get the extreme heat that the gulf countries are accustomed to, and temperatures rarely go over 35 degrees Celsius even in the peak of summer.

Nights are relatively cool in all the highlands. Jordan averages about 310 days of sunshine per year. The rainy season starts at the end of November and continues into March. Snow occasionally falls in Petra, Amman and some of the western mountain ranges during December- February.

In brief, Jordan has hot, dry summers, and wet, relatively cold winters. The peak season is between March till May, and from September till November, though summers are nowhere as hot as the gulf.

Required clothing

Lightweight cotton clothes are advised in the summer, with a sweater for cooler evenings, especially in the inland areas. waterproof mediumwear is recommended for the winter.

Koeppen-Geiger classification:

The Climate of Jordan can be classified as BSh climate, a hot Climate with dry summers and the annual average Teperature above 18°C. The eastern and southern areas of Jordan have a BWh Climate; a hot, dry desert climate with annual average temperatures above 18°C

culture and in most cases leaving a tip is good etiquette unless, of course, the service was terrible. Many industries, such as restaurants, pay lower wages to employees with the expectation that they will receive tips. Therefore, it’s important that you give generously when you get amazing service. A tip of 10% is standard in almost all circumstances. If you find a charge has already been added to your bill (which is common), consider giving the worker a small tip anyway, since they will likely not receive that percentage.

tipping etiquette for

Spas:

it’s nice to give 5-10 JD directly to the person who does your treatment.

Taxi driver:

you should round up and let them keep the change. You can also give a few dinars if you have large or heavy bags that they have helped you with.

Restaurants:

it’s generally expected you give an additional 5-10% if the service was good. The wages are typically low, and they will really appreciate the gesture.

You can also feel free to tip your bartender. A small percentage or even a JD per drink will go a long way.

Hotels:

Hotel workers in Jordan are well-versed in the etiquette of tipping. In almost all cases they will expect something for any service they provide. For example, a porter should be tipped 1-2 dinars per bag. Maids should be tipped at least 2 JD per night, and it’s polite to tip room service 2-5 JD as well. The concierge should be tipped 5-20 JD depending on the task or flavour you request.

There will likely be a 10% fee included in your bill, however, this is usually reserved for behind the scene staff and not those you encounter daily.

Hairdresser:

there isn’t a set custom for tipping your hairdresser or stylist. Some people like to round up, others add 10-20%, and some don’t tip at all. This is another case where you should decide based on the experience you received, and how well the job was done. If you love your new hair do, then they will certainly appreciate a tip. It’s a great way to let them know they did an amazing job, and that you’re pleased with the service.

TIME ZONE

Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT during winter, and three hours ahead during summer. So do not forget to set your watch according to the local time while you travel to Jordan.

ELECTRICITY

The electrical current is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer while travelling to Jordan; most hotels will provide one.

VISAS

All foreign nationals planning to travel to Jordan require tourist visas. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport and most land and sea borders (except Allenby Bridge) for most nationalities.

Visas can be arranged free of charge for visitors staying in Jordan for a minimum of two nights, provided you send us full passport details prior to arrival.

DEPARTURE TAX

A departure tax of currently JD 10 per person (around US$ 15) is paid at all borders when departing Jordan, and it is currently included with your flight ticket, but is payable if you cross over land borders. If you are leaving Jordan through a land border it is advisable to keep a JD 5 bill with you at the end of your tour to pay the departure tax.

HEALTH

No vaccinations are needed for visitors travelling to Jordan. During your stay, it is preferable to drink only bottled water, although it is alright to shower and brush your teeth using tap water.

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are planning to take photographs of locals during your travels in Jordan, always ask their permission first. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag

Good to Know

Country
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,[a] is a country in Western Asia. It is situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe
Visa Requirements
All foreign nationals planning to travel to Jordan require tourist visas. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport and most land and sea borders (except Allenby Bridge) for most nationalities.
Languages spoken
Arabic, English
Currency used
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into one hundred piasters or one thousand fils.
Area (km2)
89,342 km2
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