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Reviewed: Reviewed 30 August 2013, 18.30 NZDT
Still current at: 08 December 2013
There is a high risk to your security within three kilometers of the border with Syria due to military activity and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to the border area. Security on the border is reportedly heavy and military activity has caused fatalities and injuries in this area.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Jordan due to the threat from terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution. New Zealanders in Jordan should be aware there is the potential for the ongoing conflict in Syria to affect the security situation in Jordan, including beyond the immediate border area.
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 April 2012, a rocket landed in Aqaba, causing minor damage.
Civil unrest/political tension
Political developments and events in both Jordan and the region may trigger demonstrations and protests. Demonstrations and protests most commonly occur on Fridays after midday prayers. While these gatherings may be intended as peaceful, there is potential for them to turn violent.
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.
Landmines and unexploded munitions are located near some military installations and borders. These areas are usually fenced and marked with skull-and-crossbones signs, although this may not be immediately obvious due to the state of disrepair of some fences and signs.
General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Jordan should have comprehensive 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