Jordan

Jordan is a country in the Middle East that is almost land-locked and has a small 28 km outlet on the Red Sea. It’s boarded by Israel, Syria and Saudi Arabia. After obtaining the independence from Britain, Jordan was ruled by King Hussein. The country is divided into 4 regions: Northern Jordan, King’s Highway, Southern Desert and the Eastern Desert. Northern Jordan is supposed to be the most developed region of the country and includes the capital Amman. Being the most fertile region, lands are covered in a carpet of wildflowers, everything around is green and juicy. Unfortunately, this region is poorly covered with public transportation, so rent a car or private drive are the best options to explorer the Ajlun Castle of the picturesque site of Umm Qais. King’s Highway is named after the ancient trade route that ran right through it. By visiting this area, you receive an excellent opportunity to see how people live in the villages during their daily life. In addition, the breath-taking experience will be to visit a 950 m. depth canyon called Wadi Mujeb, along with an ancient castle named Shaobak and all this in accompaniment of the desert highway. Southern Jordan is a home for the Bedouin.  If you never be in a desert before, by visiting this region you can embrace in one set a quintessential landscape of sand dunes, oases and escarpments. Above all, after hours of travel in a desert, you have a chance to discover an untouched coral garden of the Red Sea. Eastern desert region of Jordan except the Desert Castles has not that much to offer. Two largest refugee camps built in this region for Syrians. Generally, it’s not open to the public, though it can be seen from the road. Due to the significantly hotter weather, bring plenty of water is recommended. Generally, the level of crime is low. Violent crime in the country is rare. The most common crimes against foreigners are petty crimes. However, a number of sexual harassments are increased, particularly committed by taxi drivers. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Israel and be aware of all potential dangers. Jordan is the 40th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Jordan a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Jordan is a safe country and most crime is limited to pick pocketing, occasional bag snatching and theft from cars. Follow safety precautions and be vigilant. Female visitors should be particularly vigilant due to the increase in reports of harassment. Take care even travelling during the daylight hours and don’t accept lifts from strangers. In planning your trip, consider the places that may be targeted by terrorists. It can be historical, sites, public transport, shopping areas, clubs, pedestrian promenades.

Jordan’s border with Syria

Due to the war in Syria, reconsider travelling to within 6 km of the border. Cases of a kidnapping near the border are frequently executed by Daesh. Artillery may land in Jordan’s controlled zone from Syria. This area is unsafe for visiting.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Avoiding risky areas, Jordan is a very safe country. It is ranked 40th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially in the touristic neighborhoods.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

There is no mugging in the big urban areas, although it may take place in the dangerous areas near the borders with Syria and Iraq.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are no scam risks in Jordan for tourists.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

High degree of caution is recommended when using the public transport, first of all, because of the high risks of terrorist attacks. Be vigilant, and try to avoid public transport in rush hours, don’t accept a lift from strangers and ride on a backside seat in the taxi.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Floods can occur in a desert during winter and block the roads. Sand storms are regular.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Acts of terrorism are often. Attacks could occur anywhere, including hotels, shopping mall, and tourist sites.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

There are some risks for women travellers in Jordan. It’s worth to be vigilant and pay attention to suspicious activity.

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Useful Information

A passport with a validity of at least six months and a visa are required. Jordanissues single-entry visas to U.S. and European 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. Exit service fee applies for land and sea border points. 10.00 JD per passenger and 5.00 JD per vehicle.
Jordanian dinar is the official currency of Israel. Cash machines are available in the Amman and other major towns and cities.
Usually characterized by long, hot summers and short winters. The lowest possible temperature in Jordan is 6°C in January. In summer it goes up to 38°C.
Queen Alia International Airport is main and largest in Jordan. For more information, visit airport’s official website – http://www.qaiairport.com/en
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page