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Jordan - Exercise a high degree of caution
Exercise a high degree of caution in Jordan due to the threat of terrorism, civil unrest and demonstrations.
Border with Syria - Avoid all travel
Avoid all travel to all areas within 5 km of the border with Syria, with the exception of the tourist site Umm Qais, due to incidents linked to the conflict in Syria.
Border with Iraq and Highway 10 east of Safawi - Avoid all travel
Avoid all travel to all areas within 5 km of the border with Iraq, due to incidents linked to the conflict in that country. This advisory also includes travel on Highway 10 leading to Iraq past the Highway 5 interchange at Safawi (in Mafraq Governorate), due to military activity and the lack of emergency facilities.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Areas within 5 km of the borders with Syria and Iraq, with the exception of the tourist site Umm Qais
Clashes involving small arms and mortar fire have occurred in the areas bordering Syria and Iraq, due to the ongoing conflict in these countries. Borders with Syria and Iraq are highly militarized. Government security forces may engage vehicles and people coming into Jordan illegally.
Operation of refugee camps is managed by the Government of Jordan. You must receive the Government of Jordan’s approval for any travel into refugee camps.
There’s a threat of terrorism. Transnational and domestic terrorist groups have demonstrated the capability to plan and implement attacks in Jordan. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.
Jordanian security forces have increased their operations across the country. This has resulted in the deaths of suspected terrorists, bystanders and local security officers. Further counterterrorism operations are expected throughout Jordan. Heightened security measures are in place.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including police stations
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
Demonstrations occur regularly. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Demonstrations have occurred in Amman at locations including:
- the Al Husseini Mosque, downtown;
- in front of Parliament in Abdali District;
- in front of the Prime Ministry at 4th circle on Zahran Street.
Outside of Amman
Other cities in Jordan where large demonstrations occur frequently include Irbid, Kerak, Ma’an, Madaba, Mafraq, Salt and Zarqa.
Highway 15, known as the Desert Highway, occasionally closes due to demonstrations and violence in Ma’an. Parts of the highway between Aqaba and Kerak may also be blocked.
The crime rate is low by regional standards. Petty crime occurs, especially at tourist sites and in crowded areas. Theft of vehicles, assaults, robberies and attempted residential break-ins also occurs.
- Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
- Always carry a photocopy of identification documents for identification purposes
- Don’t display valuables in your car or on your person
- Lock car doors and windows
- Avoid travelling alone, especially in remote areas
Carjacking attempts have occurred in Amman. Victims are usually lured out of their car by a minor collision or another car blocking their route. If you’re involved in an accident in an isolated area, stay in your car and call the police at 911.
Incidents of celebratory gunfire, while illegal, are common and occasionally result in injury and death.
Clashes between tribes, clans or families periodically erupt and sometimes involve the use of firearms. Response from authorities is often delayed or non-existent.
Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country. Driving conditions may be hazardous during winter. Accidents are common, but more frequent during Ramadan and Eid.
Some drivers don’t respect traffic laws. Drivers may be aggressive and drive very close to each other. It’s typical for drivers not to use signals to indicate turns or lane changes. Drivers often talk or text on mobile phones while driving, although this is illegal in Jordan.
Off-road driving can be hazardous, and you should only do it in a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles with an experienced guide.
- Avoid driving at night, as roaming animals and insufficient lighting create hazards after dark
- Leave your travel itinerary with a family member or friend
- Be well prepared and equipped with gasoline, water, food and a cellular phone
If you’re involved in an accident
If you’re involved in an accident, contact the police immediately by calling 911. Many drivers involved in an accident may avoid calling police, and instead try to negotiate a settlement.
In the event of an accident causing personal injury, the driver may be held for several days until responsibility and appropriate restitutions are determined.
Public transportation is usually very crowded. It can be uncomfortable.
The cleanliness and mechanical reliability of taxis varies considerably. Book taxis through hotels.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Landmines and unexploded munitions remain a danger near military installations and borders, including the Dead Sea area. Minefields are usually fenced and marked but could be difficult to see. Don’t touch suspicious or unfamiliar objects.
Exercise caution at the border with Israel, especially if using taxis when crossing the border. The border may close with little or no notice.
Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.
Sexual harassment and assaults have occurred.
Women have been detained when reporting a sexual assault. Women must prove that any sexual activity was not consensual to avoid being charged under extramarital sex statutes.
- dress conservatively
- travel in groups
- travel during daylight hours
- sit in the back seat of taxis.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Jordanian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Jordan.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Required, and valid for 30 days. If you arrive by air or through the Sheikh Hussein border crossing, you may obtain a visa upon arrival. If you enter the country via the King Hussein Bridge or Wadi Araba (Aqaba) border crossing, you must obtain a visa before travelling, either online or from a Jordanian diplomatic mission.
You can extend the validity of a visitor visa at any police station.
If you overstay your visa, you’ll be fined when leaving the country.
First, you need a tourism visa to enter. Then, you must obtain a residency permit from Jordan’s Ministry of Interior upon arrival.
First, you need a tourism visa to enter. Once in Jordan, you must obtain a residency permit from the Ministry of Interior.
Jordan only issues visas at:
- international airports
- the north border crossing(Sheikh Hussein Bridge)
Jordan doesn’t issue visas at:
- the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge between Jordan and the West Bank
- the south border crossing between Aqaba and Eilat
- Jordanian Pass - Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
- Ministry of Interior - Jordanian e-government site
Health entry requirements
You must undergo medical exams to obtain a residency permit, including mandatory testing for tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis C.
Register with the police for stays of more than 2 weeks.
Travelling to neighbouring countries
If travelling from Jordan to neighbouring countries, ensure that you obtain your visas before departing Canada. These countries don’t normally issue visas at border crossings to individuals without a Jordanian residency permit.
Travelling to and from Israel
Consult our travel advice for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip for more information on entry requirements.
If you’re travelling beyond Jordan, note that other countries have denied Canadians entry because their passports bore a Jordanian border stamp issued by an office bordering Israel. Such a stamp would indicate that the traveller had entered Jordan from Israel.
Travel advice for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Travelling from Egypt
You’ll need to show your Egyptian entry and exit stamps to border officials when arriving from Egypt.
Upon departure, your luggage may be searched for security reasons and to prevent the illegal export of Jordanian and Iraqi antiquities.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.
Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Rabies is a deadly illness spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (e.g., are children, have an occupational risk, or in close contact with animals, including free roaming dogs in communities).
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
- Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
- There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. It is important for travellers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in Western Asia, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Asia. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
- Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
- Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
- The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.
Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
In some areas in Western Asia, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, malaria, Rift Valley fever, and West Nile virus.
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Asia, like avian influenza and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Modern medical care is available in Amman but could be inadequate elsewhere. Procedures often require immediate cash payment.
Medical evacuation can be very expensive. You may need it in case of serious illness or injury.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Jordan only offers government services in Arabic. Before submitting official documents to local governments, you must have them translated to Arabic.
The work week is from Sunday to Thursday.
Avoid romantic physical contact, including holding hands, in public.
Don’t photograph people without their permission.
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Jordan.
If local authorities consider you a citizen of Jordan, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.
Confirm your citizenship status with the Embassy of Jordan in Ottawa before your departure.
Drugs and alcohol
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Even possession or use of small amounts of illegal drugs is a criminal offence. If you’re accused of a drug offence, you can be detained by authorities for up to 2 weeks without being charged. Convicted offenders can expect heavy jail sentences and fines.
Consumption of alcohol outside approved venues is illegal. It could result in your arrest, heavy fines or imprisonment. Public intoxication is a criminal offence, whether or not consumption occurred privately.
Other illegal activities
Other illegal activities include:
- insulting King Abdullah II or other members of Jordan’s royal family
- photographing government buildings and military installations
- all forms of religious proselytizing, including distribution of religious materials
- extra-marital sexual relations
- possession of pornographic material
By law, all vehicles must carry a fire extinguisher and warning triangle.
If a pedestrian is injured in an accident, authorities always deem the driver to be guilty. As the driver, you may face imprisonment and heavy fines.
Drinking and driving
If a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving, they could confiscate your driver’s licence on the spot. If you’re convicted, you can expect heavy fines and possible imprisonment.
International driving permit
You should carry an international driving permit. You may only drive rental cars with a valid Canadian driver’s licence or an international driving permit. To drive any other vehicle, you must hold a Jordanian driver’s licence.
Although the laws of Jordan don’t prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex, homosexuality is not socially tolerated. Jordan does not recognize same-sex marriages.
Members of the LGBTQ2 community could face arrest under other charges, such as anti-adultery or public indecency laws.
LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Jordan.
Dress and behaviour
Jordan’s customs, laws and regulations adhere closely to Islamic practices and beliefs. Dress conservatively, behave discreetly and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities.
During the lunar month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Muslim calendar), refrain from drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. In 2020, Ramadan is expected to begin on or around April 23.
Family law - rights of the father over children
Before travelling to Jordan, and in case of a family dispute involving children, both parents should ensure they’re fully aware of the implications of local laws on children’s mobility, access and custody.
Any adult male may prevent his minor children from leaving Jordan by placing a hold on their travel with Jordanian authorities.
Immigration officials may prevent children travelling with their mothers from departing Jordan without the father’s consent. This is possible even if the child or woman is solely a Canadian citizen. Jordanian authorities consider disputes surrounding travel holds as private family matters. The Embassy of Canada is limited in its ability to intervene. Only a court or the person who requested the travel hold may remove it.
Family law - rights of male relatives over female relatives
Under Jordanian law, a husband may place a travel hold on his wife, preventing her departure from Jordan. Adult male relatives (that is uncles, brothers, grandfathers) may also request that a court place a travel hold on unmarried adult female relatives.
Jordan’s legal process may be slow and cumbersome. Police may hold suspects and witnesses to incidents for lengthy periods without access to legal counsel or consular officials.
The currency in Jordan is the dinar (JOD). ATMs are available in larger cities and at the Queen Alia International Airport, but are limited elsewhere. Only U.S. dollars and euros are easily convertible into local currency.
Larger stores and restaurants in Amman and other tourist areas accept credit cards.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Jordan is located in an active seismic zone. Landslides are possible in certain areas. Strong aftershocks may occur up to one week after the initial earthquake.
Droughts, flash floods and sand and dust storms occur.
Snowfall is infrequent but can cause extensive road closures and disrupt public services.
Dial 911 for emergency assistance.
Amman - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Amman and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
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If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
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