Jerusalem & Israel/Palestine

Jerusalem is situated at an altitude of 700m above sea level. The winters are cold and rainy with snowfalls once or twice a year. By contrast, summers are dry and warm, with low humidity and temperatures averaging around 29°C (80°F), making for pleasant bright days. Beware though – even in summer evenings may be cool. Taking a jacket or jumper is handy.

 

In lower regions, such as the Dead Sea Area, or close to the Mediterranean, the weather is milder in winter, and hotter as well as more humid in summer.

Both Arabic and Hebrew are spoken languages in Jerusalem – depending on who you conversation partner is.

 

Around touristic sites, almost all people also have a good knowledge of English.

Dress Code

At most religious sites and in certain Muslim and Jewish neighborhoods conservative clothing is expected. Men and women should cover at least their shoulders and legs.

 

In summer, clothing of lightweight fabric (such as cotton) is most appropriate, including slacks and open-neck shirts for men and daytime dresses, slacks, and blouses for women. It is suggested that you also pack a sweater or lightweight jacket for cooler evenings. You would also want to pack sunglasses, sun block, and a cap or hat.

 

However, especially in costal areas, short clothes and beachwear are totally appropriate.

 

In higher regions, such as Jerusalem it can get quite cold in winter. You will need warmer clothing, including an overcoat, sweater, raincoat, and hat.

Holidays

 

Holidays often affect the opening times of bridges. Check especially for Jewish and Muslim Holidays before planning your trip and take them into consideration.

Photography

 

We recommend that you bring all the photographic equipment you will need from home, including additional camera batteries. If you’re camera equipment is very valuable, you might want to consider getting it insured before you depart.

 

When  photographing people, always ask for permission first. The only exception to this is when you are taking a picture of a public scene with a lot of people in it, aiming at no one in particular. Always be considerate of anyone’s desire not to be photographed.

 

There are some places where photography is prohibited. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. However, these areas are usually clearly marked. If you are  uncertain about whether or not photography is permitted, ask. Taking photographs when permission is  not  granted is inconsiderate at best and  may result in the confiscation of your camera.

Time Zone

 

Jerusalem is 2 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during winter, and three hours ahead during summer (May 1st – October 1st).

Currency

 

In Jerusalem the unit of currency is New Israeli Shekel (NIS), which is divided into 100 Agorot.
Bank notes are issued in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 200 NIS.
Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 50 Agorot; 1, 2, 5 and 10 NIS.

 

Exchange rates are regulated and are the same at all banks. For updated rate of exchange please check a Currency Converter. We recommend to exchange money only at authorized facilities (such as banks, hotel desks and authorized money changers at the center of towns).

 

Generally, you should limit the amount of money you convert into local currencies and exchange only what you think you will spend before leaving the country.

 

Travellers’ checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity

Electricity runs at 220/240 volts. If you do bring electrical devices, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

 

Shopping

Shops offer wide variety of merchandise, including jewelry, oriental carpets, fashionable clothing, leather goods, paintings and sculptures, ceramics, silverware, copperware, embroidered goods, and religious items. Jewellery and diamonds should be purchased at proper establishments only.

Bargaining is expected in many of the markets. While you should not be intimidated into buying something you don’t really want, neither should you encourage a merchant unless you really do plan to make a purchase. Trading is enjoyable to merchants in bazaars, but they do expect (eventually) to arrive at a purchase price.

 

Laundry

Laundry service is usually available at larger hotels.  However, remember to check the hotel’s individual laundry return policy and pricing schedule before choosing to have laundry done at a hotel.  It is also suggested that you request laundry service only when you have a sufficient length of stay remaining to ensure that your laundry is to you before depart.

Jordan is in general a safe country. (It really is, read more about it here).

However, like everywhere in the world, there are some things you might want to consider:

 

Valuables, Safety, & Travel Insurance:

Exercise the same safety precautions throughout your travels as you would at home. Be especially careful with your passport. It is a great idea to carry a photocopy of the informational pages of your passport (the pages containing your photograph and passport details, as well as any amendment pages and visas) and to leave a copy at home. Follow the security measures included with your travellers’ checks, and also leave an additional record of their numbers at home.

We recommend that all travellers purchase adequate trip cancellation/ interruption, medical, and baggage insurance and that they carry the details of their coverage with on tour.

 

Water

Tap water is generally safe to drink. If you are sensitive however, it is recommended to drink bottled water. In any case it is all right to shower and brush your teeth using tap water.

 

Medical cares & Health info

Travelers with physical disabilities and those who require frequent or ongoing medical attention should advise us of their health situation  at the  time of booking.

You should carry along an adequate supply of any prescribed medications you may require while traveling. Prescription medicines should always be carried in your hand luggage (not in checked baggage) in their original, labeled containers only.

Medical services are excellent in Jordan and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call and embassies can also suggest doctors and hospitals. If you need to go in hospital, you can find a list with contact details here.

 

Emergency Contacts

In case of emergency, dial 911.

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