Yes you can pre book transfers (arrival only) and extra nights with Shoestring. You can add this on to your booking form.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.
As of 1 June 2015, visa fees are waived for all nationalities entering Jordan through airports. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.
Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations or malaria tablets for this country and then contact your GP or a specialised health centre to make an appointment to get your injections and pills. Please make sure that you arrange an appointment at least six weeks before you travel to give you time for a full program of injections. Two weeks should suffice for people who already have had a few injections. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.
The international dialling code for Jordan is +962. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code. Jordan has international direct dialling with most countries. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)3 for both Aqaba and Petra. Mobile phone companies have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone operators. There are Internet cafes in Amman and most major towns.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
In general, Jordan is safe for tourists. Most of the locals are hospitable and friendly. Although theft is not a big problem, it is always sensible to take precautions.
You do not need to take a sleeping bag or sleeping mat for this trip because there are mattresses and blankets provided for your overnight in the desert camp. A blanket or sleeping bag liner is handy, because the blankets can be a little musty.
Jordanian national holidays include:
- 15th January: Tree Day
- 30th January: King Abdullah’s Birthday
- 22nd March: Arabian League Day
- 1st May: Labour Day
- 25th May: Independence Day
- 10th June: Anniversary of the Arabian Revolution
- 14th November: (the late) King Hussein’s Birthday
Because the Islamic calendar is based on the position of the moon, the festivals fall on different dates every year. In 2014 Ramadan starts on 28th of June and will continue until 27th of July.
We will stay in hotels in twin rooms with private facilities, In Wadi Rum: 1 night desert camp including meals and camping equipment.
The official currency is the Dinar (JOD), which is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 fils. Foreign currency can be changed at any bank or money changer, although the latter will usually give a better exchange rate. Banks are closed on Fridays. Better hotels will also exchange money. American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club are the most widely accepted credit cards and can be used at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. Cash can be withdrawn inside banks and ATMs are available, although acceptance of foreign cards is limited.
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in Jordan. You could consider taking a universal electric adaptor.
Please check the World Clock in order to find out the exact time difference.
Women are better off wearing dresses or trousers which cover the knee at least. Also make sure that your shoulders are covered. Locals are not used to 'naked’ tourists, especially on public beaches. The local female population walks around wearing a combination of western and eastern clothing. Women wearing a skirt or pair of jeans are commonplace. There are also women who wear black robes from head to foot, sometimes with their faces completely veiled. Bedouin women usually wear colourful dresses and headscarves. Men usually encounter no problems if they wear shorts, although this can be viewed as a bit eccentric. Dress conservatively to visit mosques, and if you wish to enter you must be barefoot.
During the summer months, a good travel wardrobe would contain light comfortable cotton clothes (but it is better not to bring shorts, miniskirts or vests), good, closed shoes (maybe even sandals), sunglasses, sunhat or headscarf and swimwear.
Jordanians use many gestures during their conversations, which in many cases differ greatly from ours. If somebody does not understand something, he will shake his head (like our ‘no’). The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in the streets.
Men who ask for directions should not be surprised if they are grabbed by the arm and led to the destination in this manner. It is normal for men to walk hand in hand with each other here.
The left hand is used to clean the body after visiting the toilet and is therefore seen as unclean. For this reason, use your right hand if you wish to gesture or touch something.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.