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Flag of Jordan

  • Officially » المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية (Arabic)
    • The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Capital » Amman

Facts

  • Population » 6.5 million
  • Language » Arabic
  • Religion » Islam
  • Life expectancy » 72 years (men), 75 years
  • Electricity » 230 V @ 50Hz
    • Plug Types » C / D / F / G / J

Geography

  • Area » 89,342 sq km (34,492 sq miles)
  • Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, and the West Bank of Palestine.
    • The Dead Sea is located along its western borders, and the country has a 26-kilometre (16 mi) coastline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west
Map of Jordan (Source » France, 2021)

Map of Jordan (Source » France, 2021)

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Tourism in Jordan

  • The tourism sector is considered a cornerstone of the economy.
    • Official Site » Visit Jordan
    • Highlights include Petra, Wadi Rum
  • On the Silk Road
    • The Nabataean capital, Petra
    • Tourists pay a hefty US$70 fee to enter Petra
  • Popular tourist sites » Jerash and Umm Qais
  • Often overlooked » Pella – in the north Jordan valley
    • stunning Roman/Byzantine ruins
  • The Jordan Trail – A hiking trail that covers many of the highlights.
  • Consider purchasing the Jordan Pass to save money during your trip to Jordan! The Pass offers entry to over 40 tourism attractions including Petra, Jerash and Wadi Rum. The cost of your tourist
    entry visa is included in the pass.

Visa

  • Canadians required a visa. Valid for only 30 days.
  • If arriving by air or through the Sheikh Hussein border crossing, you may obtain a visa upon arrival.
    • Sheikh Hussein border crossing is one of the three international border crossings between Jordan and Israel
  • If you enter the country via the King Hussein Bridge or Wadi Araba (Aqaba) border crossing, you must obtain a visa before travelling, either online or from a Jordanian diplomatic mission.
    • King Hussein Bridge (aka The Allenby Bridge) crosses the Jordan River near the city of Jericho, and connects the West Bank with Jordan
    • Wadi Araba is between Israel to the west and Jordan to the east. (2021)

Overland

  • Drive » Right side
  • Border Crossings are listed on the official Jordan Tourism site for
    • Syria
      • Jaber is 80km away from Amman and is most commonly used by visitors
      • Ramtha is 90km away and is mainly for cargo
    • Israel
      • The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, 57km away from Amman, is located in the southern Jordan Valley
      • Sheikh Hussein crossing /Northern Border is 90km away from Amman. It is located in the north, close to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)
      • Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border, located in the south, 324km away from Amman, connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba
    • Iraq
      • Al-Karamah Border Crossing, which is 331km away from Amman and is open 24/7 throughout the year
    • Saudi Arabia
      •  Umari Border Crossing: 155km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.
      • Mudawara Border Crossing: 322km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.
      • Durra Border Crossing: located in southern Jordan , 349km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.

Notes

  • Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors are encouraged not to waste it.

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This page was last updated on 2021.07.08 by Robert Vinet