"Jordan Jubilee"
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The Kingdom of Jordan


Visas and exit tax

ASEZ visas in Aqaba

Transit visas

Health care


Weather in Jordan
Jordanian dinar

Bargaining and commissions

Rip offs

Public holidays


Telephone cards



Credit cards

Electric Sytem

Drinking water

Distance chart

Buses and service taxis

Driving in Jordan

Car rental agencies

Desert Highway

Hitch hiking


The flag of Jordan
Map of the region
Quick map of Jordan
Tourist map of Jordan

Souvenirs in Jordan
The Ottoman room

Made in Jordan
Bedouin weaving




Some FAQs

Suggested itinerary



A walk around Petra

Map of Petra

Wadi Rum

Tours of Wadi Rum



Dead Sea




     Wadi Mujib


Mt Nebo


Madaba Plateau

      Kings' Highway


      Um Al Rasas



Dana and Wadi Mujib
Trekking in Jordan
Canyoning in Jordan
Hiking in the Petra area
Riding around Wadi Rum

Camels & Camel trekking
Wadi Rum climbing info
Climbing El Habla

Road to Mudawarra
Diving and snorkelling

The Mesha stele
Mosaics of the Madaba Plateau
Early views of Petra
Lawrence of Arabia
The Kingdom : the beginning

Etiquette and behaviour
Marriage customs
Bedouin of Wadi Rum

Some Bedouin customs
Villagers of Wadi Mousa

Women travelling alone
Out of Egypt
Jerusalem the golden
The road to Damascus
Time and money



About me
Tourist conditions in Jordan today
Website news

Weather In Amman
Weather in Aqaba
Is this a good time to travel?

Does anybody want to be a God?

The Gates of Damascus
Why do we travel?)

More Jordan links



Hard facts about Jordan
Public holidays, telephones, Internet, credit cards and ATMs, electric system, drinking water

Public holidays in Jordan

Here are the dates of the public holidays in Jordan. See the note about certain holidays lasting more than just one day!


2014 2015 2016

New Year's Day

Jan 01 Jan 1st Jan 1st

*Eid al Adha

4th Oct 23rd Sept 11th Sept

*Moslem New Year

25th Oct 14th Oct 2nd Dec

Labour Day

01 May 01 May 01 May

Independence Day

25th May 25th May 25th May

*Al Mawlid Al Nabawi

13th Jan 03rd Jan 12th Dec

HM King Abdullah's Accession to the throne

09th June 09th June 09th June

*Al Isra' wal Mi'rai


Christmas Day

25th Dec 25th Dec 25th Dec

*Eid Al Fitr

28th July 17th July 05th July

*Beginning of Ramadan
(note that this is NOT a public holiday but is a useful date to know)

28th June 18th June 06th June

The Islamic feast days, marked with a * are not fixed dates and will only be definitively determined a few days beforehand, according to the sighting of the moon. Usually the two Eids and also New Year's Day and Labour Day are followed by a couple more days holiday for banks and offices, etc. The ATMs are very much used then, so draw out money beforehand, they will "go dry" before the banks reopen.

These feat days would begin at sunset of the date before the one given here, so be careful about transport etc.

Check on these dates at the Jordan Tourist Board site at http://www.see-Jordan.com and see http://members.cox.net/ahmedheissa/icdates.html for Islamic dates

For information on travelling during Ramadan see the FAQ section


The official Jordanian weekend is now Friday and Saturday. On these days, banks and most offices are shut. Post offices are open on Saturdays ; large shops in Amman (except supermarkets) will certainly be closed on Fridays, but are probably open on Saturdays. The big supermarket "Safeway" is open 7 days a week in both Amman and in Aqaba, as are nearly all small shops.

On Fridays, with the exception of the long distance services, buses usually run in the mornings only, and many buses not at all. You should check this if you are planning on travelling on a Friday.

Phone cards

They are easily found, and are in several denominations. You might note that the shopkeepers get a rake off on the sale of these cards, so the official price is a little higher than that actually marked on the card. This is quite normal - I did say "OFFICIAL" price.

You might consider buying a prepaid SIM card costing 3JD. Compared to Europe, phone calls, even international ones, are very cheap in Jordan, and the amount should be plenty for a couple of weeks in the country. I do not need to tell you how very useful is it to have a cell phone available both to call and to be called.

There are three mobile phone operators : Fast Link, Orange and Zain. Most people seem to prefer Zain, the most recent arrival, but Orange is also more than respectable as far as service goes.


There are many Internet cafés all around, and several places like the "Safeway" supermarkets also offer Internet access. This has become much cheaper during the last year : until lately there was only one provider based in Amman, so any login to the Internet from elsewhere immediately involved a long distance call. Now there must be a good half dozen providers, with special telephone numbers that are even cheaper than local calls. Everybody is taking it up. Most Internet cafés offer broadband - don't let's mention the private connections....  The most usual price charged by Internet cafes tends to be 2JD/hour, but this varies.

But please note that there is a problem with Hotmail in Jordan. You can send your messages, and hotels etc in Jordan receive them and reply - but all too often their reply doesn't reach you. So it is a good idea either to avoid Hotmail altogether if you have any alternative, or give another address for reply. I have no idea why this is, but there is no doubt that it happens, I have heard of a number of cases.

Wifi isn't yet generally available in Jordan, but the idea is spreading rapidly, and since it isn't really expensive for a commercial establishment, you may well find it in ordinary coffee shops as well as in a number of hotels. Sometimes it is charged for, sometimes it isn't. Most hotels do offer free access. However I was shocked to hear that the Movenpick in Aqaba, a hotel which charges up to 100JD/night for a room, demands 14JD/day for Wifi access. This really comes into the heading of a ripoff. Apparently if you arrive with a portable computer the charge is automatically applied!!


ATMs are just about everywhere, except again in Wadi Rum. This also might change when the new Tourist Centre is finished, but right now you need to draw whatever you need before you reach Wadi Rum. Your guide there will expect payment in cash, but is probably not overly worried in what currency.

Be careful during an official holiday. The ATMs have caught on in a big way and everybody uses them. This means that they are very likely to run dry during weekends, and almost certainly during a longer period of banks being closed.

Credit cards

Credit cards are not yet really popular in Jordan except for use in ATMs. The card most usually accepted is Visa, and sometimes you may be asked to pay a surcharge to cover the charges levied by Visa on the sale. Obviously, most of the places you can use them are upmarket, but more and more shops, hotels and restaurants are joining up.

It is always worth asking if you can use yours, even if the shop itself doesn't take them, they can often arrange something with the shop next door!

Electric system

The electric current in Jordan is 220V and the plugs are the same as in Continental Europe ie two sized plugs with two prongs and little round holes. Like everywhere else, "earthed" plugs are taking over, with the third prong a simple one. (Please excuse the complete lack of technical vocabulary, I think you understand what I mean!) Visitors from the UK or the US will need adaptors, visitors from France, Germany ,Spain etc etc won't. The most widespread plugs are like this http://kropla.com/!c.htm but in fact they are being phased out and being replaced by these : http://kropla.com/!g.htm. There are plenty of adaptor plugs on sale.

Drinking water

I, together with most Jordanians, happily drink tap water. However, first of all most tourists are not used to it and secondly, it would spoil your holiday if you did catch a bug. So I advise you on the whole to stick to bottled water. You can perfectly well clean your teeth in tap water, and you shouldn't worry too much about salad dishes. If you do run out of bottled water, then a glass or two of ordinary water is most unlikely to upset you seriously. Be more careful in the north than in the south. Many houses here prefer to buy treated water to use for drinking.

Once again Wadi Rum is an exception, this time positively! Their mains supply of water comes directly from the aquifer at Dissieh, and is far purer than any other water around. If you find yourself drinking water that came from a jerrycan you may rest assured that the quality of this water is likely to be at least as good as any mineral water, and possibly better. You will realise however, that for this reason mineral water is not normally supplied by any of the guides there. If you prefer to stick to bottled water then you should stock up before heading out into the desert.

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