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The ultimate Jordan travel guide

Jordan is a versatile country which is ideal for an adventurous tour. The historic capital Amman, the breathtaking wonder of the world Petra, the lunar desert Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and diving hotspot Aqaba; Jordan has something to offer for everyone. In addition, it has a rich culture, good climate and super nice inhabitants.

What can you expect from Jordan

Capital: Amman

Language: The official language in Jordan is Arabic. Most people also speak fairly good English.

Payment methods: Credit cards are always accepted in the larger cities and hotels. However, in the more remote areas, such as in Wadi Rum or inside Petra, it may be wise to also bring cash. You will find plenty of ATMs in the larger towns and at the airport.

Power outlets: In Jordan the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D, F, G and J. The standard voltage is 230 volts.

Time zone: Jordan is in time zone UTC +2 in winter time and time zone UTC +3 in summer time. The time difference with the Netherlands is therefore always 1 hour.

Visa: You need a tourist visa to enter Jordan. This is a so-called Visa on Arrival, so you do not have to arrange anything in advance. This visa is valid for 30 days and costs 40 JOD. We do advise you to purchase a Jordan Pass in advance, because this also includes the costs for a visa.

Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)

Best time to visit Jordan

Despite being a small country, Jordan has two different climates. In the west this is a Mediterranean climate, and further inland this changes to a desert and steppe climate. Jordan therefore has very hot summers and cool winters. In the winter it can sometimes rain heavily. In the summer, temperatures can easily exceed 40 degrees Celsius, where it does not often get colder than 15 degrees in the winter.

Please note that at the Dead Sea, due to the lowness of the lake, it is often very hot. In Wadi Rum the day and night temperatures differ a lot, it can also go towards freezing in winter. As a result, the best travel time for Jordan is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

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