Jordan’s Basic Information Guide
The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widespread. Friday is the main day of rest, with some businesses like banks often closed on Saturday as well.
Australians traveling to Jordan 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.
The currency of Jordan 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 and hospitality go hand-in-hand here. Ditch the cutlery and where possible try delicate Arab dishes like Mansaf. A rice dish with sour milk broth accompanied by lamb or chicken, it is the national dish of Jordan, takes hours to prepare and often symbolises a special occasion.
Thanks to Jordan’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. While Jordan is a Muslim country, alcohol is allowed and it’s recommended you follow behavioural and attire suit in line with the country’s residents (e.g. PDAs are not welcome here and adultery is illegal).