Friday is a weekly holiday, and banks, government offices, and most businesses are closed. Many businesses and banks are also closed on Thursday afternoon . A few businesses and shops are closed for part of the day on Sunday. Banks open from 8:30-12:30, and some reopen in the afternoon from 15:30-17:30 . Business offices are from 8:30-13:00 and 15:30-18:30. Government offices are open from 8:30-14:00 Shopping hours are flexible. Some shops are open from 9:30-13:30 and 15:30-18:00. Others may be open long hours, from 8:00-20:00. Earlier closings are in effect during the month of Ramadan.
Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from may to early November, with average temperatures around 23 Centigrade (73 F). Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn is equally mild and pleasant. July and August are hot and dry but not oppressive. Because of the capital city`s elevation. evenings are cool. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures averaging 16-22 Centigrade (61-72 F ) between november and April.
FAX AND TELEX
Facilities are available in most major hotels. Telegrams can be sent from Amman post offices, and telexes from various telephone offices in the city.
Services are available at the central post office in downtown Amman (telephone 667133) and in branches throughout the city. Most four-and five-star hotels also offer services. Hours are from 7:00 to 19:00 in summer, and 7:00 to 17:00 in winter.
Telephone services are efficient and reliable, Directories in Arabic and English can be found in the larger hotels. For directory assistance, dial 121 or 640444. Jordan also has international direct dialling with most countries in the world, and calls can be made either from a telephone office or hotel, with a three-minute minimum charge.
Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, including American Express has an office in Amman (telephone 607014). Many small shops still prefer Jordanian currency. Automated teller machines are increasing in Jordan but do not yet accept foreign cards. Credit cards can be used for cash advances at banks that are linked with a credit card network.
Currency can be exchanged at the airport and in banks and major hotels. All hard currencies are accepted, as are travellers checks. The unit of currency is the Jordanian dinar (JD).
The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs.
HEALTH & MEDICAL SERVICES
No inoculations are entry into Jordan, although preventive shots for hepatitis, polio, tetanus, and typhoid are recommended. Hotels rated three-star or better have their own water filtering systems and their water is considered safe to drink. For travellers with delicate stomachs, bottled water is cheap and readily available, Medical services are excellent in Jordan`s larger cities and towns. Most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English, since medical science is taught in English. most larger hotels have a doctor on call, and embassies will also suggest a doctor or hospital. Pharmacies can provide medication for minor ailments, but travellers should bring any special medication they normally take, in case it is not available. There are a number of all-night pharmacies in Amman, listed daily in the local paper.
Jordan is an unusually safe and friendly place to travel, and people are always helpful, whether in an emergency or otherwise. Useful emergency telephone numbers include Ambulances and First Aid at 193, the Blood Bank at 749121, the Police at 192, and Highway Patrol 656390.
VISAS & PASSPORTS
Visas may be obtained from Jordanian consulates outside the country, or from Jordanian immigration authorities at the airport on arrival. Visas issued at the airport are valid for one month and can be extended at the Directorate of Foreigners and Borders in Suleiman al-Nabulsi Street, Amman.