Money and duty free for Jordan
Currency & Money
Dinar (JOD; symbol JD) = 100 piastres or qirsh, or 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils. Coins are in denominations of JD1, 1/2 and 1/4; 10, 5, 2 and 1/2 piastres; and 1 and 1/2 qirsh.
American Express, Visa, Diners Club and MasterCard are accepted in hotels, restaurants and larger shops.
ATMs can be found in most of the larger towns and throughout Amman. Jordan is a cash society. In most places (other than top-end hotels and restaurants) the only acceptable method of payment is cash dinars. Dollars and other foreign currencies are generally not accepted. But Jordan is also very safe: crime is exceptionally low, and you do not need to worry about carrying cash with you. Scams are few. You may find yourself paying slightly over the odds for taxis or guide services, but real rip-offs are surprisingly rare.
One exception is in and around the tourist town of Petra – here, there is a higher-than-usual prevalence of touts and cheats trying to overcharge and under-deliver. Be more on your guard here than elsewhere.
Those issued by UK banks in sterling, euros or US dollars are accepted by licensed banks and bureaux de change. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars.
Sat-Thurs 0830-1500. Hours during Ramadan are 0830-1000, although some banks open in the afternoon.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and bureaux de change. Most hotels also provide exchange facilities. The daily exchange rates are published in local newspapers.
Jordan duty free
The following goods may be imported into Jordan by people 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or cigars to the value of JOD20 or Cuban cigars to the value of JOD70.
• 1L of alcoholic drinks.
• Gifts up to the value of JD200.
There are extensive duty-free shops at the airport, both in arrivals and departures, and at every border crossing by land. Within 14 days of your arrival in Jordan, you can also go to the Duty Free Shop on Tunis Street, near 4th Circle in Amman, to buy your permitted allowance of cigarettes, alcohol and other luxury goods without paying duty. Bring your passport with you.
Narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and pornography.
Antiquities (classed as items dating from before AD1750).