Facts for the Visitor

US citizen: 14-day single-entry visas are easily purchased at the border for JD 10.
Japanese citizen: No visa required. Visitors permitted to stay 14 days.

Language Skills Needed
English is sufficient to get around as a tourist, but learning to read numbers in Arabic is essential.

Cash Machines
Most cash machines are not connected to international networks. In Amman, the cash machine at HSBC is on the Cirrus and Plus networks. In Wadi Musa (Petra) one cash machine near the center roundabout is connected to Plus. There are no banks or money changers in Wadi Rum.

US$ 1 = 0.709 Jordanian Dinar (JD) on May 1, 2001. Jordan has a 3-tier currency system that many Jordanians use to their advantage to swindle tourists.

1 Dinar = 100 Piastres = 100 Qirsh = 1000 Fils.
The younger locals talk in Piastres. The older generation talk in Fils. If someone under the age of 40 says, "the bus costs 35", they mean 35 Piastres or 350 Fils. If a taxi meter reads 750, that means 750 Fils (or 3/4 Dinar), not 7.5 Dinar! Nobody talks in Qirsh but the coins are in circulation. The numbers on all currency are in Arabic only. Study before arrival or plan to be utterly ripped off. 

220V, 50Hz. Plugs have 2 round pins.

International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.

Arabic is the official language, but almost everyone speaks English.

Tips are not required, but they won't be declined.

Budget accommodation is generally filthy and ill maintained. Trust nobody including hotel staff. As a general rule, a hotel manager will lie to guests about everything to try to trap them into purchasing their tours. If a hotel manager claims that the public bus leaves the following day at 07:00, chances are that it actually leaves at 06:00.

Public Telephones
Public telephones accept pre-paid telephone cards.

We couldn't find any Internet Cafes that support FTP. Prices range between JD 1 - 2 per hour.

Public Transportation
The Jordanian bus network is clean, fast, and inexpensive. But don't trust any bus drivers or bus station attendants to give accurate information. Even bus employees - all of them in our experience - will intentionally give tourists false information to make them miss the bus and have no alternative but to hire a considerably more expensive taxi. The extent of Jordanian collaboration to extract extra money from foreigners is unequaled elsewhere.

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