Jordan

Jordan

Use High Level of Caution

The Hashemite Kingdom ofJordan is located in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, between Israel and Iraq. The population is about 6.4 million people. The government is a constitutional monarchy with a king as chief of state and a prime minister as head of government.

Jordan gained independence from Britain in 1946. King Hussein was in power from 1953 to 1999. He was very successful at balancing pressures from Arab states, Israel, Palestinians, and major powers, and therefore, Jordan has played a major role in Middle Eastern affairs. Although Western culture influences the lives of many Jordanians, traditional Islamic beliefs and values are an integral part of the country's customs, laws, and practices. Sunni Muslims make up about 92 percent of the population.

Tourism is an important sector of Jordan’s economy with over 8 million visitors in 2010. Tourism has suffered recently, however, due to the political instability in the region. Visitors can experience Jordan’s modern cities and also visit ancient sites of biblical history, Roman ruins, and Petra, to name a few.

Currency JOD: Jordanian dinar
Language Arabic
Capital Amman
Recent Alerts 4
Latest Alert November 25, 2019 - Jordan: Protest Against Gas Deal in Amman on 28 November

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Jordan. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a significant risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Jordan.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Jordan.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in Jordan, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis occurs in Jordan.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission in Jordan. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies

Rabies occurs in this country. Travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Jordan.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) who may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk and should be vaccinated.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Jordan.

None required.

Safety and Security in Jordan

Emergency Numbers

911

Personal Safety

Most tourists visit Jordan without incident, however, petty crime, such as pickpocketing or purse snatching, does occur. To minimize the risk of being targeted for theft, avoid wearing or displaying expensive jewellery or clothing, and keep cash and valuables out of sight.

Women have reported sexual harassment and assaults. When using taxis, women should sit in the back seat, travel in groups, and travel in daylight.

Travellers should take note of whether they will be travelling during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During this time, respect the religious practices of the country and avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. Always dress and behave conservatively to respect local customs and avoid public displays of affection.

Use taxis that have been recommended by your hotel.

Keep official identification documents with you for random police security checks.

Driving in Jordan can be dangerous due to reckless driving and poor driving habits. Some roads may be unlit at night. If driving, be aware that speed limits are strictly enforced.

Be aware of personal security and your surroundings as you plan travel activities.

Westerners can be targeted at tourist attractions throughout Jordan and other locations, such as places frequented by expatriates, Western businesses, markets, etc.

Do not take photos of military or government buildings.

Due to its location in an active seismic zone, Jordan can experience earthquakes. Jordan also experiences droughts, flash floods and sand/dust storms.

Same-sex behaviours and relations are not socially tolerated in Jordan and LGBTI travellers will likely face discrimination.

Areas To Avoid

Avoid travelling to refugee camps in Jordan due to unpredictable security situation. Seek approval from the Government of Jordan if wanting to travel to the camps, including for humanitarian work.

Exercise caution in the areas bordering Israel, Iraq and Syria due to conflict, military activity and a volatile security situation. Also note that these borders may close on short notice. There have been cases where passengers travelling into Iraq have been handed over to kidnappers once over the Iraqi border.

There is a risk of landmines and unexploded munitions near military installations and borders, including the Dead Sea area. Minefields are usually fenced and marked but could be difficult to see.

Extreme Violence

There is a general terrorist threat throughout Jordan. Locations that could be targeted are government and diplomatic buildings, tourist sites and Western interests. Security measures are currently in place and can be suddenly reinforced. Exercise caution in areas known to be frequented by foreigners.

Political Unrest

Demonstrations are likely to occur, especially after Friday mid-day prayers, in the following areas: near key government and diplomatic buildings, major intersections, mosques, downtown Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Mafraq, Madaba, Karak, Tafileh, Ma’an, Ajloun, on the major highways connecting these towns, on university campuses and in refugee camps. Avoid all demonstrations and monitor local new sources for updated information about protests.

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