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May 20,2017 - Last updated at Jul 10,2017

Despite the turmoil in the Middle East region and last year’s attack in Karak, we decided to visit Jordan as independent tourists, crossing overland from Israel.

Five days was not much, but we hoped to have a great time.

Jordan is truly amazing. The number and the condition of the sites are incredible. We managed to visit Jerash, Amman, the desert castles, Karak, Shobak, Petra, Wadi Rum and briefly Aqaba.

But, at the same time, from the beginning, there was not a day that we did not encounter one issue or another we had to solve. 

For example, information is hard to find or not given at all, and many other hitches, starting with the visa.

The official Jordan tourism site gives information about visa that we thought was relevant.

But the situation at the border was totally different. Visa was JD10 if one spent several days and it was free if one bought the Jordan Pass.

We did not know that at the tourism office at the border one could not buy the pass on the spot.

So, we paid JD20 extra (for two of us) based on the wrong information. 

We bought the Jordan Pass that same day at a café in Jerash that allowed us to use their Wi-Fi, but it was too late for the visa. 

If only the staff at the tourism office could have helped us buy the pass there, since we anyhow waited for a long, long time...

When travelling around, we were stopped once by a police officer who did not speak any English. We were not speeding, he only checked our rental papers, but still asked me to come to his car where he did nothing but return my papers to me. It was not pleasant at all.

Most of the accommodation is not up to Western standards, and that would not be the problem if prices were low. But accommodation was rather expensive, especially in downtown Amman. 

What you get there for 50 euros does not even begin to compare with what one can get in Europe or Eastern Asia for the same amount.

We had a rental agreement with full to full fuel policy. This was the only country where the contracted policy was not respected, even by the well-known rental car names. 

We were given some benefits afterwards, but had to complain first.

There is no baggage storage in Jerash. Thanks to the local restaurant, we were able to enjoy the site on our way to Amman with all our luggage.

To get to the Israeli border, we agreed on a price, but once the driver started driving, he told us we had to pay JD6 extra for another taxi to take us to the border that is 2 km away from the checkpoint.

Once we complained because he had not told us this in advance, he transferred us to another car and asked for JD3 more. In the middle of nowhere, we had to accept. And then we found out that the checkpoint is maximum 200 metres from the border, and we could have easily walked.

We still recommend a visit  to Jordan to our friends, but warn them to be patient and ready for various issues that will unfortunately emerge sooner or later.

I hope this letter will be a positive encouragement to improving the tourism situation, not only in the public but also in the private sector.

 

Antonija Perkovic Prpa,

Germany

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DR I agree with you totally, except it's more like 50 years behind, not just 20!! Those people aren't the only tourists with bad experiences, but it's even worse for us foreigners who live here & despicable things that happen regularly with LIARS, CHEATERS, & THIEVES that are the norm. Instead of complaining daily about their bad lives, you would think someone might have the insight to consider that maybe their perpetual BAD attitudes & behavior might be where to begin the change. Duh!

MR priem manster : you have to make actiom immeditlay

THANKS TO THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE AND BELEIVE ME, THIS IS NOT NEWS. AS I STATED IN MY LAST ARTICLE, JORDAN IS TWENTY TEARS BACKWARDS WHEN IT COMES TO HOW TO APPLY PUBLIC RELATIONS IN MARKETING AND ATTRACTIONS OF TOURISTS INTO JORDAN. FOR THE WRITER, I HAVE EVEN THE WORST NEWS FOR YOU. I HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO A JORDANIAN FO OVER TWENTY FIVE YEARS, LIVE IN JORDAN AS WELL AS USA, OWN PROPERTIES IN JORDAN BUT I AND OUR SON CAN ONLY LIVE OR STAY IN JORDAN ON VISAS WHICH REQUIRES US TO SHOW UP AT POLICE STATIONS AS NEEDED, SUBMIT TO MEDICAL TESTS AND THE LIST GOES ON. IN FACT ON ONE SHAMEFUL INCIDENT, I AND MY FAMILY WERE TRAVELLING TO AUSTRIA ON AUSTRIAN AIRLINE AND ONE AUSTRIAN COUPLE WHO WERE IN JORDAN FOR HORNEY MOON WERE TRAVELLING WITH US IN THE SAME FLIGHT BUT WAS DETAINED AT THE IMMIGRATION TO PAY A FINE OF FOUR DINNERS (JD4.000) WHICH THEY DO NOT HAVE FOR WHAT EVER REASONS AND WERE TOLD THAT THE FLIGHT WILL LEAVE WITHOUT THEM AND IN FACT I PAID THAT SILLY JD4.000. IS THIS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR GUESTS NEVER MIND YOUR IN LAWS WHO IF MEN ARE OUT LAWS?. HELLO MY IN LAWS, THIS IS 2017 AND THOSE DAYS OF DARK AGES. WHEN IT COMES TO ISSUES AS THIS, JORDAN IS STILL IN THE DARK AGES.

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