Jordan

Jordan

Use Normal 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 None
Latest Alert Not Available

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

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911 For some areas of Amman
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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. Women should dress conservatively in this country. When using taxis, women should sit in the back seat, travel in groups, and travel in daylight.

Use taxis that have been recommended by your hotel. Do not hitchhike.

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

If driving, be aware that speed limits are strictly enforced. If you hit a pedestrian, you are automatically guilty and could face imprisonment.

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.

Areas To Avoid

Many countries advise their citizens to avoid travel to the Za’atri refugee camp due to unpredictable security, including for humanitarian workers. Exercise a high degree of caution around refugee camps. Exercise caution at the borders with Israel and Iraq, especially if using service taxis. Also, these borders may close on short notice. Use extreme caution if travelling close to the Syrian border, particularly north of the Route 10 road from Mafraq to the Iraqi border at the Al Karamah crossing. Exercise a high level of caution when travelling along highway 10 east from the intersection with highway 5. In June 2013, violence resulted in one death in this area. Some countries warn against any travel near the Syrian border due to armed conflict.

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 and on the major highways connecting these towns. Because of violence and protests in Ma’an, the Desert Highway has been closed.

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.

There have been cases where passengers travelling into Iraq have been handed over to kidnappers once over the Iraqi border.

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

Since early 2011, demonstrations have occurred in many parts of Jordan on Fridays after mid-day prayers and sometimes on other days of the week. Protests may occur in response to events in Gaza and the West Bank. Violent clashes have been known to occur on university campuses and at refugee camps. There have been fatalities during clashes in Ma’an and at the university there.

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