Amman

Amman is the capital and the largest city of the country with a population of more than 4 million inhabitants. It’s a civilized city with an authentic charm and dynamism. Home to numerous churches and mosques, where you will be definitely astonished discovering everything from delicious food to ancient Roman ruins. Amman is a city of hills; distances may look smaller on a map than in the reality. While your visit to Amman it’s worth to discover the Citadel situated in the city center, which area is the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world and from which top a fantastic view on a panorama of the city opens up. Along with the Citadel, these are the most interesting sights to discover in Amman: Qasr al-Abad, magnificent Roman Theater, impressive National Gallery with a wonderful collection of contemporary Jordanian painting, and mystic “Cave of Seven Sleepes”. Generally speaking, the state of criminality in Amman is moderate. Violent crime is rare. Common threats are pick pocketing and bag snatching. A terrorist threat in the region and particularly in Amman is high. However, don’t be paranoid – the chances of running into trouble are rare. In order to make your holiday safe, we compiled information concerning possible risks in Amman’s neighborhoods.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Amman is supposed to one of the safest capital in the region. It is ranked 110th 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 and closely around the big transportation hubs.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

There is no kidnapping or mugging risk within the borders of the city.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Harsh punishments make the safety level is high. However, there are some scams to look out for.

  • In taxi – be aware that the meter is in fils, not in dinars (1 dinar = 1000 fils). Taxi drivers don’t point out on it.
  • Shops – vendors pretended to have for locally crafted goods, when in fact it is imported from abroad (China).

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.

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 travelers in Jordan. It’s worth to be vigilant and pay attention to suspicious activity.

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WHAT TO DO?

Jabal Amman

Numerous neighborhoods of this area form the heart of the city’s rich western quarter. 1sr Circle, the closest to the downtown has a quiet district with elegant buildings. In the 2nd circle is a calm neighborhood with rows of shops and restaurants. 4th and 5th comprise different government establishments and embassies. 7th is the airport area, while 8th is referred to a hardworking neighborhood.

Weibdeh

The area, where most of the expats live. Low-cost bars, and numerous restaurants with live music.  Very nice area for an entertainment. Very safe.

Dabouq

Very wealthy area. Home to the King’s Palace and the largest mosque in Jordan – King Hussein Mosque

Rainbow street  

Located in Jebel Amman, it’s a destination for not only tourists but for locals as well. There are plenty of shops, places with good food and heavy traffic. It’s known for the widest LGBT community in the region. The area is safe both day and night.

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