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Jordan
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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Last Updated: August 9, 2016

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Amman

 

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Amman

Al-Umayyaween Street,
Abdoun neighborhood,
Amman 11118
Jordan

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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 One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Yes. Jordan issues single-entry visas to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport and most international land border crossings. 

VACCINATIONS:

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 None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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U.S. Embassy Amman

Al-Umayyaween Street,
Abdoun neighborhood,
Amman 11118
Jordan

Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(962) (6) 590-6500

Fax: +(962) (6) 592-4102

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Jordan for information on U.S.-Jordanian relations. 

A passport with a validity of at least six months and a visa are required. Jordan issues single-entry visas to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport and at most international land border crossings. Multiple entry visas must be obtained in advance of travel.

Costs:

  • The Jordanian visa issued upon arrival currently costs 40 JD (approximately 56 USD) for a single entry with one month validity. 
  • Jordanian embassies abroad may issue multiple-entry visas for 60 JD (approximately 85USD) for two entries with three months validity, and 120 JD (approximately 170 USD) for a multiple entry with six months validity.  Visas issued at Jordanian embassies abroad are subject to additional varied visa application fees. 
  • Travelers who entered Jordan on a single entry visa issued upon arrival may go to the Jordanian Ministry of Interior in Amman and apply for multiple entry visas.

Visa Validity:

  • Visas upon arrival for U.S. citizens are typically valid for 30 days.
  • Foreigners who wish to stay longer than the time limit given to them by Jordanian immigration upon entry must register at a Jordanian police station before expiration of that time limit.

Fines:

  • Travelers who fail to properly register subject themselves to a fine of 1.5 JD (approximately 2 USD) per day beyond their permitted length of stay.
  • This fine is usually assessed at departure.
  • Travelers are barred from leaving until they can pay the fine.

King Hussein/Allenby Bridge:

  • Visas are not issued upon arrival at the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge land border crossing.
  • U.S. citizens must have a valid visa to Jordan or have a special entry permit from the Jordanian Ministry of Interior to enter Jordan at this crossing.
  • Diplomatic or official passport holders may enter Jordan at the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge without a visa.
  • U.S. citizens who entered Jordan on a single or multiple entry visa and depart Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge may return to Jordan through the same bridge without a new visa as long as the current visa is still valid.
  • An exit fee of 10 JD (approximately 14 USD) is assessed to all visitors departing through the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, except for diplomats residing in Jordan.

For more information regarding travel to the West Bank and Jerusalem, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Jordan. Travelers may be denied entry at ports of entry, including land border crossings, if they are known to have HIV. This policy, however, is rarely enforced and Jordanian authorities do not screen for HIV/AIDS at the border.  Jordan does not permit residency for foreign nationals with HIV/AIDS. Travelers seeking to extend their stay beyond the initial timeframe are legally required to have an HIV/AIDS test performed at a government medical facility as part of a general medical screening. Those who fail to submit to the test or who test positive for HIV are denied residency and may be deported. For further information, please see the Embassy of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan website before you travel.

Travelers should check the Country Specific Information and any existing Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts for all countries they plan to visit during their travel to the region.  Border crossing requirements may change, and borders may be closed during periods of heightened security. For further information, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at 3504 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008, or by telephone at (202) 966-2861 or (202) 966-2664. Jordan also maintains honorary consulates in Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Terrorism and Organized Criminal Activity: The threat of terrorism remains high in Jordan. Transnational and indigenous terrorist groups have demonstrated the capability to plan and implement attacks in Jordan. The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Violent extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra continue to pose a threat. The potential for terrorist activity is heightened as Jordan participates in the coalition against ISIL.

  • Travelers to Jordan should be aware that violent extremist groups have carried out terrorist activities against U.S. and Government of Jordan (GOJ) targets in Jordan.
  • On June 6, 2016, a gunman killed five Jordanian government employees in an attack on a security office in Baqaa, north of Amman. On June 21, 2016, ISIL conducted a car bomb attack against a Jordanian military facility located in the country’s northeast near the border with Syria.
  • In November 2015, a Jordanian police officer killed two U.S. citizen trainers and wounded two others in a shooting at the Jordan International Police Training Center (JIPTC) outside Amman. He also killed a South African trainer and two Jordanian interpreters. All five personnel killed were working on U.S.-supported programs at the facility.
  • Travelers to Jordan should be aware of potentially dangerous areas along Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq. All U.S. government personnel on official travel must receive prior permission to visit any area within 10 kilometers from the Jordan-Syria border. For context, the town of Ramtha falls within the 10 kilometer line. The 10 kilometer area does not include the tourist site of Umm Qais or the city of Irbid.
  • U.S. government personnel must have permission for official travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Iraqi border, due to Jordanian military activity, known smuggling routes, and a lack of emergency facilities.

Terrorists often do not distinguish between U.S. government personnel and private U.S. citizens. Terrorists may target areas frequented by Westerners, such as tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, shopping malls, transportation hubs, places of worship, expatriate residential areas, and schools. In light of these security concerns, U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of vigilance:

  • be aware of your surroundings
  • take appropriate steps to increase your security awareness
  • be unpredictable in your movements by varying your times and routes
  • maintain a low profile
  • avoid contact with any suspicious or unfamiliar objects and immediately report the presence of such objects to local authorities

U.S. government personnel overseas have been advised to take the same precautions.

Demonstrations: Demonstrations are common. Some, especially smaller ones, have turned violent, leading security officials to intervene. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become violent, so travelers should avoid all protests and large gatherings of people. Many demonstrations occur on Fridays near mosques following noon prayers. You should exercise special sensitivity and caution when visiting or traveling near mosques and religious sites during holy days and Fridays. Demonstrations and other forms of unrest have occurred on public university campuses in Jordan. Some acts of violence on university campuses have involved the use of firearms. Anti-U.S. demonstrations have also taken place in front of the U.S. Embassy.

Tribal Violence: Clashes between feuding tribes, clans, or families periodically erupt without notice and sometimes involve an escalation in violence, including the use of firearms. In some cases, Jordanian security services are slow to respond or may opt to let the violence subside before intervening.

Syria and Iraq Borders: U.S. citizens should avoid the border areas with Syria and Iraq. Police and security officials have arrested weapon and drug smugglers, as well as foreign fighters attempting to enter Syria to fight in the country’s ongoing civil war. Fighting can occur close to the Syrian border, and some munitions have landed within Jordan’s borders. On June 21, 2016 ISIL conducted a car bomb attack against a Jordanian military facility in the country’s northeast border with Syria, killing seven Jordanian security forces. The Department of State advises against travel into Syria and Iraq. Please see the Travel Warnings and Country Specific Information for Syria and Iraq for further information.

CRIME:
 Statistically, petty crime is the most common form that U.S. citizens and other Western nationals experience in Jordan, especially at tourist sites and in crowded areas. Pickpockets, purse snatchers, and opportunistic thieves are known to target foreigners in the narrow and crowded streets of the older parts of Amman’s city center. Travelers should be guarded in these areas and in all tourist locations in Jordan. Jordanian police have warned the public to exercise vigilance when leaving banks or ATMs, to reduce likelihood of targeting by thieves. 

Thefts of vehicles, assaults, robbery, and attempted residential break-ins have also been reported. Take care not to display valuables in your car or on your person, and be sure to lock car doors and windows.

Violent crime is increasing, but U.S. citizens or other Westerners are rarely targeted. In the past, the Embassy has received reports of firearms being discharged at vehicles being driven by Westerners. Celebratory gunfire is common, especially during major festivals, sporting events, or the biannual release of high school test scores.

Don’t buy counterfeit or pirated goods. Not only are the pirated copies illegal in the United States, if you purchase them, you will also be breaking local law. Most DVDs, CDs, and software available for sale in Jordan are pirated.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police.  As in the United States, emergency assistance can be reached by dialing 911.

Domestic and Sexual Violence: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault and domestic violence should contact the local police and the Embassy. Remember, however, that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

For additional information:

 

Modern medical care and medicines are generally available in Jordan’s main cities, but not always in outlying areas. Most acute and chronic medical conditions can be appropriately handled.  When called, ambulance vehicles are often slow to arrive and personnel generally have only a basic level of training. Most hospitals in Jordan, especially in Amman, are privately owned. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment or a high deposit for services.

Seasonal dust storms that envelop the country for days or weeks each spring may significantly aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma or sinus problems.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. Because serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States could cost more than 150,000 USD, we strongly advise travelers to carry medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

The Jordanian constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press; however, in practice the government has imposed some restrictions on these rights. Insulting the King or members of the Royal Family may lead to detainment or imprisonment. Additionally, activities that the Jordanian government considers proselytizing to Muslims (including the distribution of religious material) are forbidden under the law and anyone undertaking these activities is subject to prosecution, imprisonment, and deportation. Please see the information below on Islam as the state religion of Jordan.

Jordan has very strict drug laws; drug offenses fall under the umbrella of state security and adhere to a different set of criminal procedures than other offenses. Accused offenders can be detained for up to two weeks without charges; this delay can result in the Embassy not being notified about the detainment because an official arrest has not taken place. It is illegal to use and/or distribute drugs in Jordan.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Travel Holds: Under Jordanian law, any adult male may prevent his minor children from leaving Jordan by simply registering a hold on their travel with the Jordanian authorities. Husbands may place travel holds on their wives pursuant to a court order from a Jordanian court. Adult male relatives (uncles, brothers, grandfathers) may also petition Jordanian courts for a travel hold on their unmarried adult female relatives. Immigration officials may prevent minor children traveling with their mothers from departing Jordan without the father’s affirmative consent. This is possible even if the child or woman holds only U.S. nationality. Jordanian authorities consider disputes surrounding travel holds as private family matters, and the Embassy is limited in its ability to intervene. Travel holds may only be removed by the person who placed them or by a court. Please see the section below on Children’s Issues.

Male Military Requirement: U.S. citizen males who also hold Jordanian citizenship may be subject to laws that impose military service obligations on Jordanians. Jordanian men under age 40 are required to register for service in the Jordanian military. Those subject to registration may be prevented from leaving Jordan until exit permission is obtained from appropriate Jordanian authorities. This permission is often granted to U.S. citizens, but may take some time to obtain and may be limited to a single exit.

Dual Citizenship: The Government of Jordan considers U.S.-Jordanian dual nationals to be Jordanian citizens. Local authorities typically do not notify the U.S. Embassy of arrests, detentions, or accidents involving dual nationals. For this reason, dual nationals in particular should carry copies of their U.S. passports with them at all times so that evidence of their identity and U.S. citizenship is readily available for local authorities.

For additional information, see our information on Dual Nationality.

Customs: Jordanian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Jordan of items such as drugs, firearms, poisons, chemicals, explosives, pornographic materials, communications equipment, and antiquities, among other items. You should contact the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington, D.C., or one of the Jordanian consulates in the United States, if you seek specific information regarding customs requirements.

Please also refer to our Customs Information page for additional information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

Islam is the state religion of Jordan. The Jordanian government generally does not interfere in religious practices. Some religious groups, however, cannot obtain legal recognition of their denominations. On official documents such as birth and wedding certificates, the Government of Jordan only allows affiliation with legally recognized faiths: Islam, certain Christian churches, and Judaism. Not listing an affiliated faith, or listing a faith outside those recognized by the government, is generally not permitted. Activities such as proselytizing or encouraging conversion to any faith other than Islam are prohibited. U.S. citizens have been detained, arrested, and deported for discussing or trying to engage Jordanians in discussions about religion, even if such discussions also involve other activities, such as humanitarian aid.

LGBTI Travelers: Consensual same-sex sexual relations are not illegal in Jordan. However, homosexual behavior is not considered culturally acceptable. Foreigners exhibiting such behavior are likely to be subject to harassment by individuals, including authorities, or potentially targeted by violence. Laws against adultery or breaches of modesty may be used against homosexual travelers. Gay and lesbian Jordanians frequently hide their sexuality, especially from family members. Family members who discover that a relative is LGBTI may target them for “honor” killing. The Jordanian government does not grant or recognize same-sex marriage. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our   Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in Jordan, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is found in the United States. Outside of a few of the more expensive hotels in the capital, individuals with disabilities will find almost no accessible accommodations. Similarly there are very few accessible restaurants, shops, or historical sites. Transportation is not accessible and sidewalks and crosswalks, even in the main cities, are not accessible.  Handicap-accessible toilets and bathrooms, even in major hospitals, are generally not available.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Women from Western countries visiting and residing in Jordan have reported incidents of sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, and assault. The Embassy continues to receive sporadic reports regarding incidents of sexual assaults involving taxis and taxi drivers. Many of the incidents have involved verbal sexual harassment, staring, or following the victim. Some have included physical assaults. To reduce the likelihood of being victimized, foreign women should take precautions such as avoiding travel to unfamiliar areas at night, not traveling alone, not riding in the front seat of a taxi, and consider dressing modestly when in public. We also recommend carrying a cell phone at all times. Immediately report any incidents to the Family Protection Department, which is part of the national police.

 

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Jordan, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Jordan is provided for general reference only and may not be completely accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

U.S. Embassy Amman has advised its employees to avoid driving at night outside the Amman metropolitan area due to road conditions, poorly lighted rural roads, and erratic behavior by other drivers.

It is typical for drivers in Jordan not to signal for turns or lane changes. Drivers tend to be aggressive, and cars operate very closely together on highways. Jordanian roads are particularly treacherous during the rainy season, which runs from December to March. Heavy snowfall occurred in 2013 and 2014, making many roads – even major highways – impassable for several days. Driving in Amman is also more hazardous in the summer months of June to September when Jordan experiences an influx of visitors from other countries in the region. Highway traffic is heavy around the Muslim holidays when many Jordanian expatriates return to Jordan for family visits.

The Desert Highway outside Aqaba, as well as the Dead Sea Highway from Amman, both popular tourist destinations, are dangerous because they are narrow, winding, steep, and crowded with trucks. Try to avoid using these roads at night. When driving in both urban and rural areas, motorists should beware of unmarked speed bumps and livestock, including camels, sheep, and goats. Collisions between livestock and automobiles are common.

As a result of these factors, traffic accidents are frequent and continue to be the largest cause of injury and death in Jordan.

Traffic Laws:

  • Drivers must have a valid Jordanian license or a valid foreign license with an International Driving Permit to drive in Jordan. U.S. visitors who intend to drive should obtain an International Driving Permit before travel to Jordan. Temporary visitors may use their valid American driver's licenses only to rent “green” plated rental cars.
  • Drivers and passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • All cars must have a fire extinguisher and warning triangle in the vehicle.
  • Child car seats are not required by law.
  • Fines for speeding can exceed  $140.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving is prohibited.  If stopped by police, drivers may face a fine.

Police routinely pull over reckless drivers, as well as those believed to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Insurance: Licensed drivers must carry local third-party insurance with sufficient coverage for accidents resulting in injury or death. Drivers who are involved in an accident should remain at the scene and immediately call the police and emergency personnel in case injuries have occurred. Police frequently hold the driver’s license or passport in order to prevent the driver from fleeing. Identification documents can be recovered at the police station.  It is common for drivers to blame a U.S. citizen driver for accidents, regardless of the actual circumstances of the incident. Following an accident, the other party may file criminal or civil charges to seek damages. U.S. citizen drivers have occasionally been detained by police as a result. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizen drivers in a traffic accident retain private legal counsel.

Taxis: Jordan has abundant taxi services. Please see the Crime section for more information on sexual harassment and assault involving taxi drivers, as well as safety tips when using public or private transportation. Visitors should make arrangements for taxis via their hotel and request that drivers not pick up additional passengers en route to their destinations. We do not recommend other forms of public transportation. Jordanian security authorities often establish checkpoints, especially on roads leading to popular tourist destinations, where drivers are expected to stop and present their identity documents. All drivers should stop when directed to do so and comply with the instructions provided to them by the authorities.

Emergencies should be referred to the Civil Defense Department at telephone number 199. Visit the website of Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. For information on driving regulations, please contact the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at 3504 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008, by telephone at (202) 966-2664.

Please additionally refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Jordan’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Jordan’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Aviation Security Enhancements:  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers departing from 10 airports, including Queen Alia International Airport, to the United States. These enhancements will require that all personal electronic devices (PED) larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage. For more information, please contact your air carrier or visit the Department of Homeland Security website.  

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