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Jordan Travel Advice

Jordan is a very safe country for foreign travelers and well-developed while still maintaining its traditions and historical heritage, making it an appealing destination for travelers.

The official language of Jordan is Arabic. Most Jordanians speak at least a little English, especially in urban areas.

Bus lines connect major cities in Jordan and minibus services provide transportation to smaller towns. Abdali station in Amman serves as the domestic ground transport hub. Ground transportation including microbuses and service taxis are available at the Northern bus station.

Taxis are a convenient means of transportation in most cities. Yellow taxis operate on a meter, but if outside the capital it may be necessary to negotiate a price, best done before entering the vehicle. Make sure this is the total cost and not a per person rate.

Roads and highways are in good condition but often chaotic. Drivers are aggressive and unpredictable. Foreign motorists should observe driving behavior before venturing out on the road themselves. Car rentals are reasonably priced and the process is efficient.

Jordan has a wide range of accommodations, from cheap hostels for backpackers to 5 star hotels. Comfortable one and two star hotels in downtown Amman are well priced. ATMs are widely available in cities and many business establishments accept credit cards, especially in tourist areas.

Travelers should be aware that during the month of Ramadan, which varies based on the Islamic calendar, the daily routine of the country changes drastically. Because this is a month of fasting, many businesses, especially restaurants, are closed during the day.

Travelers should be aware that during the month of Ramadan, which varies based on the Islamic calendar, the daily routine of the country changes drastically. Because this is a month of fasting, many businesses, especially restaurants, are closed during the day.

Jordan is one of the more liberal countries in the Middle East, and Jordanians will not be surprised or offended by foreigners wearing t-shirts or shorts. Young Jordanian women are often seen sporting Western fashions. More modest clothing should be worn when visiting religious sites. Foreigners should be aware of cultural sensitivities. Politics and religion are subjects best avoided during conversation. As long as the customs of this Muslim majority nation are respected, travelers will find Jordanians to be hospitable, warm people.

Jordan boasts some of the best medical treatment in the Middle East and has top-rate hospitals. Sanitation in Jordan varies according to the venue, and caution should be used when buying from street vendors. Travelers usually find tap water safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended if the traveler is unsure. Jordan has a hot, dry desert climate, and travelers should be sure to remain hydrated, especially during the summer months.