If you're visiting Israel or Jordan for the first time, here are some great tips and basic things to know before visiting.
What to pack
The electrical outlets around Islam require a 3 rounded-pegged prong. Make sure to have the correct one before visiting. If you are an avid traveler, we recommend purchasing a universal adapter/converter that you can use anywhere!
Pack and Wear Modest Clothing
Religious spots, such as Jerusalem or orthodox neighborhoods, will require you to dress appropriately. It is recommended to wear t-shirts with sleeves that fall below the elbow and long skirts or pants. If you forget to carry proper clothing, religious women will hand it out near the Western Wall. For your duration of your stay in Israel and Jordan it is best to avoid low-cut and shoulder-baring tops, short skirts, and shorts. In places of worship. Women are typically expected to cover their hair, chest, and neck - so bring a scarf or two. Some restaurants in Amman enforce a sophisticated dress code similar to that of a country club in the US. Just some things to keep in mind when your packing.
Weather in Israel and Jordan is very comfortable in the Spring - ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best to pack layers to be prepared for a variety of weather.
Security is very tight when entering Israel. If you are a tourist, then you will definitely be interviewed before they let you enter. You will experience basic customs questions that include the purpose of your trip, if it is your first time, what you do for a living, who you have come with and how you are related, who packing your bags and more. The security check is easy to pass through but the interview is longer and takes more time. Don’t be anxious, just make sure to answer honestly. This is one of the best Israel travel tips.
Israel Paper Visa/Slip
Israel does not stamp your passport when you visit. Instead, they give you a paper visa to carry along with you to avoid hassle. Make sure to keep the slip safe, as it is proof that you have entered into the country after being checked. You will also be required to show this slip at any crossing points. Keep it with your passport
You can obtain a visa for Jordan upon arrival at the airport. The current cost is 40 JD (approximately $56 USD) for a single entry with one-month validity.
Upon arrival, you can ask the hotel concierge where the closest ATM machine is located to pull out cash. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted across both countries, but you will need cash for purchases at smaller shops, restaurants, and markets.
Israel uses shekels. Jordan uses dinar. More information about the exchange rate can be found here at XE Currency.
Shabbat occurs every Saturday and is a day of rest for religious Jews around the world. It starts right before sunset on Friday and ends right after sunset on Saturdays. Public transportation will stop working during Shabbat, most restaurants in Jerusalem are closed (except Tel Aviv), and shops are closed throughout Israel.