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Jordan is a developing nation in the lower half of the world's economies. Located northwest of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, its climate is mostly arid desert with hot days and cool, dry nights. Desert climate in portions of this country may aggravate respiratory conditions.
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
Although yellow fever does not occur in Jordan, an official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary.
- Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged ≥ 1 year coming from countries with risk of YF transmission. Note: This applies to airport layovers longer than 12 hours in these countries.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, typhoid fever, or a one time polio booster if you haven't previously received one for travel. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
High risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent brucellosis may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to military conflict and ongoing security concerns, Canada (GAC) advises avoiding travel to areas bordering Syria (except the town of Umm Qais) and Iraq (including travel on Highway 10 towards Iraq and past the Highway 5 interchange at Safawi, Al Mafraq Governorate) and advises reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to all refugee camps. U.S. (DOS) advises avoiding travel to areas bordering Syria and Iraq. Australia (DFAT) and U.K. (FCO) have more limited warnings.
High risk of attack by domestic and/or transnational terrorist groups exists throughout the country, especially in Karak (Karak Governorate), Baqa'a refugee camp, and areas bordering Syria and Iraq. Targets may include domestic and international organizations and businesses; public places and events, including those frequented by tourists; and transportation systems.
Risk of kidnapping by terrorist groups exists throughout the country, especially in areas bordering Syria and Iraq. Targets may include foreigners (especially Westerners), journalists, and nongovernmental organization workers.
Low risk of violent crime exists throughout the country.
Risk of petty crime exists in areas frequented by tourists. Low risk exists throughout the rest of the country.
Scams involving ATMs, credit cards, and a wide range of financial activities have been reported.
Protests and demonstrations frequently occur throughout the country, especially in Amman and other cities (particularly after Friday prayers) and near refugee camps and universities, and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.
Armed conflict occurs and military presence may exist in areas bordering Iraq and Syria.
Landmines and other unexploded ordnance are present near military installations and in border areas.
Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators. Scuba dive only with personnel certified by PADI or NAUI, and use equipment only from PADI- or NAUI-certified dive operators.
Desert excursions should only be undertaken with organized groups and experienced guides. Participants should inform someone not on the tour of their itinerary and anticipated return time. An adequate supply of food and water for extended unforeseen delays is essential.
Significant risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is greater than 24 per 100,000 population, the highest risk category. Carefully assess the safety of transportation options before any road travel. Driving at night is not advised. Seek local advice before traveling on roads outside urban areas after dark.
Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
Avoid road travel outside of urban areas after dark.
Many taxis are unsafe. Use taxis from official ranks or dispatched via smart phone app or radio from a reputable company and ascertain the license or identification number of the dispatched vehicle.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has determined that the civil aviation authority of this country oversees its air carriers in accordance with minimum international safety standards.
Sandstorms and dust storms frequently occur, especially in desert areas.
Seasonal flooding occurs, especially in valleys.
Seismic activity frequently occurs. Landslides may occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Jordan
- United States: [+962] 6-590-6000; jo.usembassy.gov
- Canada: [+962] 6-590-1500; international.gc.ca/world-monde/jordan-jordanie
- United Kingdom: [+962] 6-590-9200; www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-amman
- Australia: [+962] 6-5807000; www.jordan.embassy.gov.au
Jordan's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.jordanembassyus.org
- In Canada: www.embassyofjordan.ca
- In the U.K.: jordanembassy.org.uk
- In Australia: www.jordanembassy.org.au
HIV and hepatitis testing are required to obtain a work or residence visa. Travelers, including short-term travelers, may be detained or deported after arrival if found to be positive for HIV or hepatitis.