Amman Basic Information Guide

The official languages of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widespread. Friday is the main day of rest in Amman, with some businesses like banks often closed on Saturday as well.

Visa

Australians traveling to Amman on holiday will need to obtain a single entry two-month tourist visa upon entry. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Jordan.

Currency

The currency of Amman is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), pronounced ‘jaydee’. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and JS fluctuates constantly so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before buying cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.

Food

Food and hospitality go hand-in-hand in Amman where you will find an extensive range of food venues offering international cuisine. Ditch the cutlery and where possible try delicate Arab dishes like Mansaf. A rice dish with sour milk broth accompanied by lamb or chicken, try it at a traditional cafe and coffee shop that are popular among locals in the evenings. The market is the best place to find Kunnafeh, a local dessert made from pastry and sugar cane.

Nightlife

Thanks to Amman’s young population coming of age, discos, live music bars and shisha lounges have emerged in Amman over the past five years to transform this once sleepy capital into a mini party hub drawing alternate, boho, intellectual and mainstream crowds. The selection ranges from ultra-trendy expensive to market-type shisha bars.