OK, hope this helps, from our experiences the last couple of weeks.
Bikes are banned in Jordan. Only a few companies are allowed to use them and a couple of scooter hire places maybe just for foreigners. We've been told there's quite an active underground movement in Amman using bikes secretely off-road in the early hours of the mornings. We met one hostal-owner who spent a few months in prison for owning one.
We haven't even seen a bicycle on the roads, except for a few foreigners travelling through.
So you're quite an oddity riding a motorbike in the country. ESPECIALLY with children!
So we conclude that our carnets were not processed because bikes don't exist in the country. Also this is almost certainly the reason for the two-week limit.
We've examined our blue cards, and on two of them there's our entry date (in Arabic), and another date that is two weeks later. On mine, there's the same entry date, but where the two-week date is on the other cards, on mine there's a date about 5 days after entry. The cards are computer-produced so probably a keyboard error by the official. We'll see tonight when we leave on the ferry for Egypt!
We've been travelling on and off with a British couple in a Land Rover. On entry (the same day as us), their carnet was processed in the normal way. They got one-month visas like us and no limit on duration for the Land Rover. They'll be staying here three weeks.
So we conclude they process bikes in a completely different way to cars.
Egyptian visas easy and quick to obtain from the Egypt consulate in Aqaba. (Two hours). 12JD for one month. Minimal paperwork.
Last edited by McCrankpin; 8 Dec 2009 at 08:11.
Reason: add visa