Bible stories, lost cities, Lawrence of Arabia - Jordan has romantic associations up to its eyeballs. It's a country that ought to be awash with tourists, but the Middle East's bad reputation has kept them away in droves. Don't be fooled: Jordan is, on the whole, peaceful. More than that, it's one of the most welcoming, hospitable countries in the world, and doesn't even have that unsettlingly male-oriented feel so prevalent elsewhere in the region. Where else could you leave your belongings on the street for hours at a time, safe in the knowledge they'll be there when you get back? Where else do total strangers invite you into their homes despite the fact they don't own a carpet shop?
Facts for the Traveler
All foreigners need a visa to enter Jordan.
You can get one at the border or airport upon arrival, or from
consulates in your country. Visas are valid for two weeks from entry,
but can be easily extended up to three months. Cost depends on where
you're from: Australians are charged $45, Americans pay US$60, while
some nationals can enter for free. Keep your passport on you whenever
you're near the Israeli border, as there are lots of military