- Reviewed: 14 December 2021, 15:21 NZDT
- Still current at: 17 January 2022
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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.
The global situation remains complex. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly, particularly in response to new variants of concern. Should you decide to travel overseas at this time, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses. Talk to your insurer about how sudden changes to the international travel environment might affect your insurance.
Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
Travellers to New Zealand may be required to enter government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). The length of your stay in MIQ may depend on where you are travelling from. Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.
Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
Most travellers must have a negative pre-departure test result and approved documentation to enter New Zealand. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website here.
We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.View Larger Map Close/Open map
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism throughout Jordan. Jordanian security forces continue to conduct security operations across Jordan to prevent attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Possible targets for attacks could include government buildings and security forces, embassies, places of worship, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, public transport hubs, tourist sites and western businesses.
On 18 December 2016, a group of gunmen attacked police and foreign tourists at Karak castle and in the city of Karak, killing 10 people, including one foreign tourist.
New Zealanders in Jordan are advised to maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times, particularly in areas known to be frequented by expatriates and foreigners, and monitor the media for information on potential threats to safety and security. Take official warnings seriously, and follow any instructions and advice issued by the Jordanian authorities. Be alert to possible attacks and have an exit plan.
Demonstrations and protests are common in Jordan and may be triggered by political developments and events in both Jordan and the wider region. These often occur on Fridays after midday prayers and while gatherings may be intended as peaceful, there is potential for them to turn violent. Unrest and violent clashes have occurred periodically in Ma’an, resulting in deaths and injuries. Demonstrations have also occurred on university campuses, some involving firearms.
New Zealanders in Jordan are advised to avoid any protests or demonstrations. Follow news reports and be aware of local sensitivities on these issues. Be prepared to change your travel plans if disruptions occur from civil unrest.
Landmines and unexploded munitions are located near some military installations and borders, including in the Dead Sea area. These areas are usually fenced and marked with skull-and-crossbones signs, although some of these may be damaged. New Zealanders are advised not to stray off well used roads and paths in these areas, and to seek local advice.
Official military and police patrol land borders with Syria and Iraq, which can be closed at short notice. Fighting has occurred in these border areas due to ongoing conflict in these countries, and some munitions have landed within Jordan.
Petty crime such as pickpocketing, bag snatching and theft can occur in Jordan. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. As victims of robbery can be targeted due to their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as electronic devices and jewellery.
General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Jordan to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
Only use licensed taxis, preferably those arranged through your hotel and insist that the meter is used.
We advise leaving your passport in a safe place and carrying a photocopy for identification purposes, to present at police checkpoints.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Jordan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. Medical facilities outside of major cities are generally basic.
New Zealanders in Jordan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Ankara, Turkey is accredited to Jordan
Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Turkey Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 Fax +90 312 446 3317 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/turkey Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700
New Zealand Consulate Amman, Jordan
Street Address Muqabalain - Al-Quds Street, Jwico's Factory, Amman, Jordan Postal Address PO Box 5272 Amman, 11183, Jordan Telephone +962 6 420 5112 Fax +962 6 420 5113 Email email@example.com
See our regional advice for the Middle East
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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Turkey
Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Turkey
Telephone: + 90 312 446 3333
Fax: +90 312 446 3317
Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700