Practical life on site Jordan

Practical life on site Jordan

Time difference

GMT + 2 in winter and summer. When it is 12 p.m. in Paris, it is therefore 13 p.m. in Amman. L
Jordan changes to winter time, like France, the last week of October and to summer time the last week of March. The only difference is that the time change takes place on Thursday night and not on Saturday.


The voltage is 220 V. However, some sockets require an adapter.


- In ge 13pm during Ramadan); they are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

- As in all Muslim countries, the Friday is a public holiday in Jordan. But some stores remain open and the buses continue to run.

- The museums sometimes close on Tuesday but not on Friday, a public holiday during which Jordanians go sightseeing.

- The closing times of sites depend on nightfall (16 or 17 p.m. in winter and 18 or 19 p.m. in summer).

- Attention, during the Ramadan, hours are limited.

- The banks open Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 15 p.m. (9 a.m. to 14 p.m. during Ramadan) and close on Fridays and Saturdays.

- The post offices are open from 8 a.m. to 16 p.m. in winter and 19 p.m. in summer, except Fridays (except main post offices in large cities, open until 13 p.m.); and from 9 a.m. to 14 p.m. during Ramadan.


Postcard sellers charge more for stamps than post offices (JD 1,80 for a postcard at the official rate).

Allow 1 to 2 weeks by plane to send a mail to Europe from Amman, and 2 or 3 weeks from other cities ... when it arrives! Avoid posting your mail outside of major cities.

You might as well be warned: the packages are open for customs examination ...


Each city has a telephone code specific to its region. You can make phone calls from the post office. But Internet telephony is much cheaper.

- From France to Jordan: 00 + 962 + city code (without the initial 0) + number 700.

- From Jordan to France: 00 + 33 + number Internal communications: to call from one city to another, dial the city code preceded by 0 and followed by the correspondent's number. On the other hand, within the same city (from Amman to Amman, for example), do not dial the code, but directly the number of the correspondent.

Emergency numbers

  • Police : 191.
  • Ambulances and first aid:193.
  • Firefighters : 199.
  • Samu: 198.

Mobile phones in Jordan

- Activate the "international" or "world" option: it is usually enabled by default. Otherwise, remember to contact your operator to subscribe to the (free) option at least 48 hours before your departure.

- Packages evous from your operator.

- Prices (outside the EU): they are specific to each operator and vary depending on the country (the globe is divided into several tariff zones). Remember thatinternationally you are billed for both outgoing and incoming calls ; ditto for texting. So when someone calls you overseas, you pay too. Be brief!

- you with your operator.

- Buy a SIM card / chip on the spot: this is compatible and, above all, to perform service operations which generally require reading Arabic.
Top-ups can be purchased in a telephone shop.


- Connect to wifi abroad is the only way to have free access to the Web if you do not have a free roaming package.

The wisest is to deactivate the "data abroad" connection. You can also put the laptop in airplane mode " and then activate the wifi. Note that the "Airplane" mode prevents, on the other hand, from receiving calls and messages.

- Once connected to wifi, you have access to all the services of the Internet telephony. Messenger (Facebook messaging), Viber, IMO.

Warning, voice and video function WhatsApp does not always go, especially to Jordanian numbers (it is almost always in Wadi Ram or in Petra).

In Jordan,> almost all accommodation (including small budget hotels) and cafes are equipped with wifi, usually free. The network is functioning well and, despite a few sensitive sites that are inaccessible, the connection is fast.

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