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Reviewed: 07 December 2012, 14:55 NZDT
Still current at: 20 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Jordan due to the threat from terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution.
There is a threat from terrorism throughout Jordan. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
New Zealanders in Jordan are advised to maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times and monitor the media for information on potential threats to safety and security. We recommend you adhere to any instructions and advice issued by the Jordanian authorities.
In October 2012, the Jordanian authorities detained eleven militants thought to be planning terrorist attacks against Western interests in Jordan. In August 2010, a rocket landed close to the Intercontinental Hotel in Aqaba killing a Jordanian national and injuring four others. In April 2012, a rocket landed in Aqaba, causing minor damage. In January 2010, an explosion occurred along the Amman to Dead Sea road, reportedly targeted at an Israeli diplomatic convoy.
Civil unrest/political tension
Political developments and events in both Jordan and the region may trigger demonstrations and protests. While these gatherings may be intended as peaceful, there is potential for them to turn violent. Since January 2011, protests have taken place in many parts of Jordan, often occurring on a Friday after midday prayers.
New Zealanders in Jordan are advised to avoid any protests and demonstrations. If you are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence, you should find a safe location, remain indoors and heed any local advice.
There is potential for the conflict in Syria to spill-over into Jordan. Security on the border is reportedly heavy as Jordanian authorities deal with large numbers of Syrian refugees entering Jordan. You should exercise particular vigilance if travelling near the border with Syria
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Jordan should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Jordan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Address: Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Turkey
Telephone: + 90 312 446 3333 Facsimile: +90 312 446 3317
Website New Zealand Embassy Turkey [external link]
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700
Contact details are
Street Address Muqabalain - Al-Quds Street, Jwico's Factory, Amman, Jordan
Postal Address PO Box 5272 Amman, 11183, Jordan
Telephone +962 6 420 5112 Facsimile +962 6 4205113