Many seasoned travelers are not aware that
their health insurance may not cover them outside of the country. If
you need to cancel your trip due to an unforeseen emergency or serious
illness, most of your trip may be non-refundable if you are not
insured. In the event you become ill during your travels, finding and
receiving medical care may be very frustrating without insurance.
Travel insurance also covers lost baggage and worldwide emergency
assistance. For a minimal amount of money, travel insurance is a
must. Speak with your Pilgrim Tours Representative or your Group
Leader for travel Insurance options.
Visa & Passport Information
US citizens need a valid U.S.
passport with at least six months validity beyond intended stay, to
enter Jordan. Make two photocopies of your passport. Leave one copy
at home with family and carry the other separately from your
U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Jordan. Visas can be handled by
Pilgrim Tours at the border crossing or port dock or by the traveler
on location. Border taxes for entry and departure from Jordan are
collected on location at the border crossing if not previously
collected by Pilgrim Tours.
Review all your past and present documentation sent by Pilgrim Tours,
to verify if the visa for Jordan has already been secured. Non U.
S. Citizens are responsible to fulfill appropriate entry requirements
of destination. Contact your Consulate office for requirements.
None required, but contact
health authorities for latest information. Modern medical services are
readily available in Jordan's larger cities. Most doctors speak
English fluently. Pharmacies can provide medication for minor
aliments, but travelers should carry their own prescription
medication. Check with your doctor about any necessary immunizations
he may suggest. Try to avoid drinking the tap water in all countries
The official language of Jordan
is Arabic. English is widely spoken, especially in the cities, and
many Jordanians have traveled or been educated abroad.
currency is Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD); it is divided into 100
piasters or 1000 fils. Check the travel section of your newspaper or
the internet for the most recent exchange rates. (www.xe.com)
Currency may be exchanged at any bank and most hotels. There are no
restrictions on the import and export of Jordanian or foreign
currency. ATM machines are available in the major cities throughout
Jordan. However, in smaller towns, ATM cards, travelers' checks and
credits cards may not be accepted. Please be advised that the ATM
machines dispense money in Jordanian Dinar - NOT US DOLLARS.
We suggest you call your bank and/or credit card company before you
leave to let them know you will be out of the country and using your
ATM card or credit card.
Electricity is 200 volts, 50 cycles.
You will need to bring along the necessary converters to operate any
120-volt appliances such as hair dryers, electric razors, etc.
Potable water is a precious resource in
Jordan. However, hotels rated three-star or better have their own
water filtering systems (their water is considered safe to drink) and
bottled water is cheap and readily available.
If you are required to take
medications, you should notify the leader of your group in the event
of an emergency. Ask your doctor to write an extra prescription to
take with you if your medication is lost.
Due to the size of baggage compartments
in touring coaches, each passenger is restricted to ONE Due to the
size of baggage compartments in touring coaches, each passenger is
restricted to ONE suitcase and ONE carry-on bag (in addition to your
purse, camera case or video camera). A total dimension of the bag to
be checked on the airplane is not to exceed 62 inches (length + width
+ height) and should not weigh more than 50 lbs.
Carry-on luggage is not to
exceed a 45-inch dimension
(length + width
+ height) and should not weigh more than 25 lbs,
as it must fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead
Be sure your luggage
is clearly marked on the inside and outside. If you are traveling
with a tour group, you must use the luggage tags provided along
with your own.
Due to recent changes in baggage
allowance in the industry we advise checking with your airlines before
you depart to see if there has been a change in their regulations.
Jordan local time is seven hours ahead
of American Eastern Standard Time. From October through March, Jordan
is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. The rest of the year,
Jordan is three hours ahead of GMT.
The weather in Jordan is pleasurable for travel throughout the year.
Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with temperatures
averaging approximately 25C (75 F). During the spring, the most
beautiful season in Jordan, fields and mountains are coated with rich
greenery and exquisite wildflowers. In autumn, the weather is mild and
pleasant. July and August are hot and dry, but not restrictive of
tourist activities. The valleys and Aqaba are ideal winter resorts,
with temperatures averaging 16-22 C (66-72 F) between November and
April. Rainfall is a rare occurrence in Aqaba as well as in the desert
areas of Jordan.
Leave your travel information with a
family member or friend, including a copy of your passport, your
flight itinerary, travel itinerary, hotel names and phone numbers. In
the event of an emergency, family members may contact Pilgrim Tours at
Dress comfortably for
the flight, wearing clothes that allow freedom of movement and shoes
that slip on and off easily.
When at the airport,
never leave your luggage unattended for any length of time…no matter
how short. Do not accept packages from strangers to carry on to the
plane for them.
Check-in time for
international flights is normally three hours prior to departure.
When checking in at the airport, a valid passport is needed as proof
of identification of travelers flying to Jordan. If already
secured, you will be given your visa to enter Jordan upon arrival at
the airport in Amman by our Pilgrim Tours representative.
Bring along a
moisturizer, as the air in the plane cabin is extremely dry.
In order to avoid jet
lag, avoid caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages. Rather, opt
for natural fruit juices and water.
What to Pack
Comfortable, casual clothing that can
be layered to match the weather is a good suggestion. Planning your
wardrobe around one or two colors is also helpful. You may choose to
bring along one dressy outfit but it is not necessary. Be sure to
include comfortable walking shoes and a lightweight jacket for
mornings and evenings.
A raincoat and rain
hat (or poncho) is easier to use when sightseeing than an umbrella.
The above climate listings will allow you to plan accordingly for
Women should always
dress modestly in Muslim countries. It is an affront to the Muslims
for women to be showing bare shoulders and legs. Women should also
pack a lightweight scarf for covering their heads only if entering a
mosque or other religious locations which requires this. Both men and
women will need to remove their shoes before entering a mosque as
well. Also, be sure to cover shoulders.
should only be worn around swimming pools or beaches and not in public
Be sure to keep
important items such as documents, money, medications, keys, etc. on
your person or in your carry-on luggage. Never pack these items in
your checked luggage.
Do not make yourself
a target by wearing expensive jewelry. A good way to conceal your
money and valuables is by purchasing an inexpensive, lightweight pouch
that attaches around your waist and is worn under your clothes.
Do not over-pack.
Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
If you are traveling
with a companion, cross-pack. Put half of your items in your
companion's luggage and vice-versa. This will ease the frustration of
Take along a small
backpack. When you are touring, fill it with bottled water, tissues,
notebook and pen. It will also come in handy for carrying souvenirs.
Don't forget these
travel sized necessities: sewing kit, first-aid kid, tissues, travel
clock, toiletries, notebook and pen, pre-printed address labels (for
sending postcards), plastic "zip-locking" bags (for storing open
bottles and containers).
Purchase your film
and batteries in the US. Remember to bring extra for your video
It is customary to tip hotel personnel,
guides and drivers. When traveling on our tour program, you should
give $1.00 per day hotel staff to the guide at the beginning of the
tour. The guide will then pay the appropriate tips to the baggage
handlers and restaurant staff. Please expect to tip your guide $5.00
per day and your driver $3.00 per day (amounts are per person). A 15%
tip is the average in lunch restaurants that are not part of the tour
package. While tipping is not mandatory for taxi drivers, some
visitors choose to do so anyhow. Remember that a tip or gratuity is
earned for services rendered in a courteous and professional manner.
For meals that are
not included, check with your group leader or the front desk at the
hotel for suggestions (be sure to mention the price range you are
Eating well and
heartily is part of the Jordanian traditions, and there are many fine
restaurants that offer a wide selection of authentic Arabic food at
Hotels offer a mixed menu of Arabic and continental cuisine. Dishes to
try are the national dish, Mansaf, a whole stewed lamb with cooked
yogurt sauce served on a bed of rice. Another dish is Musakhan, which
is made with chicken, onions, olive oil, pine seeds and seasoning.
Cooked in an oven on a thick loaf of Arabic bread; Maglouba, a meat or
fish and vegetable stew served with rice; and of course, the basic
Shish Kabab, pieces of lamb, marinated chicken and patties of minced
and spiced lamb meat all cooked over a charcoal fire with onions and
coffee is strong and served in tiny cups; it is often flavored with
cardamom. Don't try to drink the last mouthful, as it will be full of
coffee grounds. Shake the cup to indicate that you do not want a
refill. Turkish coffee is also common, and American coffee is
available in the cities. Decaffeinated coffee is offered in the
Tea is served in
small glasses and is usually very sweet. Tea with fresh mint makes a
Check with your group leader or the
front desk for the best shopping areas. Specify that you are
interested in purchasing items that are known for their local and
Be sure to carry your
passport with you at all times.
Show respect for the
religious observances throughout the country - do not eat or drink in
or around religious shrines. Remove your shoes before entering a
Because of the large
amount of religious sites throughout the country, the Bible could well
be the best guidebook for the nation - bring one along.
Carry bottled water
with you when touring. Remember, you will be in the desert at times
and dehydration can become a serious problem.
Women should never
travel alone outside the main tourist areas at night. They should
also ignore any rude remarks directed at them and avoid eye contact
Be sure to ask
permission before taking pictures of people and do not photograph
anything with military significance or remotely connected with the
government in Jordan.
Do not pass food
(even if it's wrapped or in a container) with your left hand.
If you plan on hiring
a taxi, agree on the price before getting in.
Pilgrim Tours would like to say thank you
for traveling with us; we appreciate your business!!!