|Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 29 December 2010
This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to Entry Requirements - Visas and HIV tests (fees) and other editorial amendments. The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are currently no travel restrictions in place in Jordan.
The majority of visits to Jordan are trouble-free and there are no specific threats to the safety of British visitors or residents.
Regional developments can trigger popular unrest and you should, for example, take care to avoid public demonstrations.
Safety and Security - Terrorism
There remains a general threat from terrorism in Jordan. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There have been a number of such attacks in the past few years.
Safety and Security - Crime
Although levels of crime are generally low, women, in particular, should be careful to avoid situations where they might become victims of sexual assault. Advice from the Jordanian police is that, anyone who finds themselves stranded - even in daytime - should call the police (191 or 192). The police will then take the person to a place of safety. Do not accept lifts from strangers. If you have to use a taxi and are resident in Jordan, try to use a regular driver whom you trust and keep his telephone number with you at all times. In the case of short-term visitors to Amman, your hotel should be able to introduce you to a reliable driver. See our rape and sexual assault abroad page.
Most other crime is limited to pick pocketing and occasional bag snatching. To avoid becoming a victim, stay alert and keep your money and valuables secure.
See our victims of crime abroad page.
Safety and Security - Kidnappings
You should be aware that the long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking.
Developments in Iraq and on the Middle East Peace Process continue to have an impact on local public opinion in the region. There are occasional demonstrations in response to events in Gaza and the West Bank at refugee camps, university campuses and town centres. Be aware of local sensitivities on these issues. Follow news reports and be alert to regional developments, which might trigger public disturbances. You should take sensible precautions for your personal safety and avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Avoid downtown Amman after Friday prayers.
Safety and Security - Local Travel - Road Travel
You should obtain an International driving permit before travelling to Jordan.
There are a high number of road accidents. Drive with care, especially at night, and avoid driving on unlit roads due to poor road conditions. Make sure you obtain third party insurance. Special care should be taken when driving outside urban areas at night and should be avoided if possible. Most roads are unlit and stray animals, broken-down vehicles and unmarked roadworks are commonplace.
The police carry out random security checks at checkpoints on the roads. Keep identification documents with you to present at these checkpoints. The police also strictly enforce the speed limit and issue on the spot fines between 15 to 150 Jordanian Dinars.
Front seatbelts are required by law. Failure to wear one can result in a fine. All cars must carry a fire extinguisher and warning triangle.
Using a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal.
In Jordanian law a driver is always guilty if they hit a pedestrian. If you are involved in such an incident, you could face imprisonment and be liable for the payment of hospital bills and other compensation.
Landmines may be located near military installations and borders. Minefields are usually fenced off and marked with a skull and crossbones sign, but fences and signs may be in a state of poor repair.
Roads in mountain areas, including Petra and the surrounding area, can become blocked and cars/coaches can become trapped by occasional heavy snow falls in winter. See our driving abroad page.
Safety and Security - Political Situation
Jordan country profile
Local laws reflect the fact that Jordan is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. See travelling during Ramadan.
The government does not interfere with the practice of Christianity but encouraging conversion to the Christian faith is illegal. It is also considered illegal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity.
Jordan is a conservative society. You are reminded to dress modestly and behave courteously.
Possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs is a serious offence and can result in lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines.
Whilst Jordanian law may not explicitly outlaw homosexual acts, Jordan is a conservative society and public displays of affection between homosexual couples are not generally tolerated; they could result in arrest and prison sentences imposed under Jordanian law.
Women are advised to take extra caution when travelling alone as there have been isolated incidents of harassment. For more general information for different types of travellers see our your trip page.
Entry Requirements - Visas
Medical facilities outside Amman are basic and primitive and in an emergency you are advised to seek treatment in Amman. However, if needed, emergency treatment is also available in Aqaba. But please be aware for more complicated matters you will be transferred to Amman.
The temperature in summer months can reach over 40 degrees Celsius. Take care and use high factor sun-block. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.
Seek medical advice before travelling to Jordan and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention visit the websites of NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
See travel health.
There are occasional earth tremors in Jordan. In December 2010, there was an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale with an epicentre in the northern Dead Sea area.
General - Insurance
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Ensure your insurance covers unexpected losses or expenses eg lost luggage, stolen cash and credit cards or cancelled/missed flights. Check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. Please see travel insurance for more information.
If things go wrong when overseas, then see our When Things Go Wrong page.
General - Visas for Syria and Saudi Arabia
If you are travelling from Jordan to Syria and Saudi Arabia, you must obtain these visas before arriving in Jordan. If your passport contains Israeli stamps or Jordanian or Egyptian stamps from border crossings with Israel, you will be refused entry to Syria and Saudi Arabia, even if you have a valid visa.
General - Registration
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.
General - Money
Cash machines are available throughout Amman and at the Queen Alia airport. There is limited availability in the rest of the country.
General - Consular Assistance Statistics
24 British nationals required consular assistance in Jordan in the period 01 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 for the following types of incident: 10 deaths, one hospitalisation, and five arrests, for a variety of offences. During this period assistance was also requested with regard to lost or stolen passports (20 cases).