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Military action is underway in Ukraine. If you’re in Ukraine, shelter in place until it’s safe to depart.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing. The security situation continues to be volatile and is deteriorating rapidly. Heavy fighting, including bombardments, explosions and missile launches, is ongoing throughout Ukraine, including in major cities. Infrastructure and military facilities have been struck by rocket attacks. There have been many civilian casualties. Foreigners have been killed and may be targeted, including in areas not directly affected by fighting. Do not travel to Ukraine, there is a real risk to life. If you’re in Ukraine, shelter in place until you judge it’s safe to depart. Continue to monitor advice on Smartraveller and reputable local and international media. Where it is safe to do so, you should leave Ukraine.
Use your judgement to decide the best time and safest means of exit. Expect some congestion on routes, at checkpoints and lengthy queues. Roads may be crowded, exposed to military action or have damage, including to bridges and facilities. Make sure you have an adequate supply of food, water, medication and fuel.
The Australian Government will not be able to evacuate you from Ukraine.
Be aware that some borders may close without notice. Information may change and will be updated as details become available. You should also read the travel advice of the destination you’re travelling to - entry requirements may differ when entering by road, rail or air. Before leaving Ukraine, verify if the local authorities of your destination have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation.
Expect some congestion on routes, at checkpoints and lengthy queues. Make sure you have an adequate supply of food, water, medication and fuel. Use your judgement to decide the best time and safest means of exit. Roads may be crowded, exposed to military action or have damage, including to bridges and facilities.
In most cases, Australians departing Ukraine must present a valid Australian passport.
Read our advice about Ukraine border regions.
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Health advice is continually changing as we learn more about COVID-19 and new variants may be discovered. Rules and restrictions to prevent outbreaks can change quickly. It’s important to regularly check the rules in the destinations you’re travelling to and transiting through, as well as the requirements at the Australian border. These may differ between state and territory jurisdictions.
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The security situation in the region remains unpredictable and could deteriorate with little or no warning.
Demonstrations are common, including in Amman.
They're triggered by:
Most have been peaceful. However, public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Demonstrations often occur after Friday noon prayers but can happen at other times.
They're likely to occur:
Demonstrations also occur in regional centres, including:
They can also happen on the major highways between these towns.
To stay safe:
Contact your airline, travel agent or insurer for help if there are disruptions.
Security is unstable in Syria and Iraq.
There's frequent military activity near Jordan's borders with these countries. This includes shelling and gunfire.
People have died or been injured on the Jordanian side of the border with Syria. Jordan has deployed extra security forces to the area.
Extremists say they plan to attack Westerners in Jordan.
Jordanian authorities have stopped terrorist plots in recent years.
Recent attacks include:
Terrorists may target tourist areas and attractions. They target tourists going to or from these places, including tour groups.
Expats are targeted at:
Terrorists also target Western businesses, including:
Extremists in Syria and Iraq threaten Jordan. Jordanian foreign fighters are in the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Jordan has extra forces in areas bordering Syria and Iraq. Many extremist sympathisers have been arrested.
Jordanian security forces monitor the security environment closely. They check Jordanian fighters coming back from Syria.
To stay safe:
Keep informed about possible terrorist activity:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
People have reported:
Be alert to pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially in tourist areas.
Higher levels of crime have been reported in:
Scammers work in tourist areas. They often target single women. They promise companionship or marriage.
Some scammers offer joint business ideas. Their aim is to take large sums of money from their target. Jordanian laws can make legal action difficult. Scams involving sex outside of marriage may not be investigated by local authorities due to local laws and cultural differences. See Laws
Authorities report credit card fraud. This includes the use of card-skimming machines.
To avoid being scammed:
Firearms are more common than in Australia. Criminals sometimes use firearms. Shooting guns to celebrate is illegal but common. It sometimes causes death and injury.
Stay indoors and away from windows if people are celebrating with gunfire.
Women are often subject to harassment. This includes leering, unwanted physical contact and stalking.
Incidents of sexual assault against foreign women are reported. Friendliness can be misinterpreted.
If you're a woman:
Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes adventure activities.
If you plan to do an adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
Jordan is in an active earthquake area.
Rock falls and landslides can occur, especially in valleys.
There can be sand or dust storms, especially in desert areas. Snow storms also happen.
The rainy season runs from November to March and can cause floods. Valleys (wadis) are most at risk.
In October 2018, 21 people died in flash floods around the Dead Sea.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Jordan. Take enough legal medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating:
COVID-19 remains a risk in Jordan. If you're in Jordan and have symptoms of respiratory illness, contact a doctor as soon as possible. Monitor the media for information on latest developments and follow the advice of local authorities.
For information on Jordan's COVID−19 vaccination program, refer to the Ministry of Health Vaccine Registration Portal. Consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported in:
Other countries have reported cases from returned travellers.
Avoid consuming raw camel milk, undercooked camel meat, or anything contaminated with camel secretions. Wash hands regulars before and after touching animals.
Get medical advice if you have a fever, cough, breathing difficulties or diarrhoea.
Waterborne, foodborne, insect-borne and other infectious diseases are widespread. These include:
Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Amman has high-quality private medical services. Outside major cities, Jordan's health services are basic.
Paramedic and ambulance services are basic compared with Australia.
If you need treatment, healthcare providers may ask you to pay upfront. This may happen even if you have travel insurance.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you may need to be evacuated to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include life in jail.
Penalties for possessing even a small amount of drugs include mandatory jail terms.
Jordan's family laws are different from Australia's. These include laws about divorce, child custody and child support.
If you're involved in family and business issues, get professional legal advice. Know your rights and responsibilities under local laws.
If you commit a crime, punishments can be harsh by Australian standards. For certain crimes, authorities can sentence you to death. These include terrorism, murder, treason and rape of a minor.
You may face hard labour for some offences, such as causing personal injury or property damage.
Authorities may imprison you if you do any of the following:
Research local laws before you travel.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
If you're a dual national, you'll be considered Jordanian by law while in Jordan.
The government has stopped compulsory military service. However, all males aged 18 to 40, including dual nationals, still need to register for military service. You then postpone your service each year.
If you're eligible and don't register, authorities may stop you from leaving Jordan.
The Islamic holiday month of Ramadan is observed in Jordan. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time.
It's illegal to eat, drink and smoke in public during daylight hours in Ramadan. If you're not fasting, avoid eating, drinking or smoking in front of people who are.
Explore our Ramadan page to learn more, including dates for Ramadan.
These activities are not socially acceptable and may offend:
Other cultural and social rules can vary between regions of Jordan. Take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, including COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
You need a visa to visit Jordan.
If you're a tourist, you can get a single-entry visa that's valid for 30 days. You can get these on arrival at airports. They're also available at the Sheikh Hussein or North Border crossing at the border between Jordan and Israel.
The purchase of a Jordan Pass pre-arrival waives visa fees of JD40 (if staying a minimum of 3 nights) and provides access to over 36 tourist sites across the country.
Entry visas are not available at:
You need to arrange a visa in advance if:
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy of Jordan for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Jordan’s international airports are open to commercial flights. Land and sea crossings are open and require registration with local authorities in advance of planned travel on the Gateway 2 Jordan website.
Proof of vaccination should be carried as this may be required prior to boarding your flight and on arrival in Jordan. Please check with your airline on their requirements for travel.
Some National Defense Law restrictions for COVID-19 remain in place in Jordan and may change at short notice. Monitor Government announcements and media sources and follow the advice of local authorities.
Entry and exit conditions to Jordan can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy of Jordan for details about entry and quarantine rules.
If you're staying in Jordan:
There are rules if you stay more than a month. You must register with the police. You may need to have medical and HIV tests.
Under Jordanian law, a husband can prevent his wife and children from leaving Jordan. This is the case even if they're Australian citizens. See Laws
You need to pay an exit tax at all border crossings except airports.
In March 2017, the UK government announced restrictions on carrying electronic devices from or through Jordan to the UK.
Some countries may refuse you entry if you've been to Israel. Authorities may stop you from entering if you have entry and exit stamps from border crossings. They may also stop you if your luggage has baggage tags showing you've been to Israel.
You need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Jordan if you've travelled through or from an area with a risk or transmission. Some airlines may want to see the certificate when you leave.
Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever.
The border crossings with Iraq and Syria have been closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Authorities can close the border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank at short notice.
For details about travel to the West Bank, read the travel advice for Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). Declare all amounts over JOD 15,000 or equivalent on arrival. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
ATMs are available throughout Amman and in other major cities. It's harder to find ATMs in rural areas. Most petrol stations on major roads offer ATMs.
Along Jordan's borders, there's a danger of unexploded weapons, including landmines. Known minefields are usually fenced and marked. These warnings may not be obvious.
Reconsider travel to areas near the borders with Syria and Iraq due to the unstable security situation.
Seek local advice if travelling near Jordan's borders.
To drive in Jordan you need both:
Get your IDP before you leave Australia.
Road accidents are common.
Roads are dangerous at night. In rural areas, stray livestock and unlit vehicles are common.
Incidents of road rage are also common. They can escalate quickly.
Road travel in remote desert areas is very risky. Isolation, distance from towns and lack of hone service can make it difficult to obtain assistance. Even routine vehicle breakdowns can be dangerous.
Call police on 911.
If you intend to drive in Jordan:
If you travel in remote desert areas such as Highway 10 (east of Highway 5), take enough food and water in case your vehicle breaks down. Crime has been known to occur in isolated areas; be careful when speaking to others.
Avoid using motorbikes. It's dangerous due to poor driving and road standards.
Check with your travel insurer if you're covered to ride a motorcycle.
Always wear a helmet.
Use only licensed taxis or reputable limousine services. Arrange these through your hotel.
Avoid taxis that tout for business outside airports, hotels and tourist attractions. They often try to charge high prices. Always insist drivers use the meter.
Authorities report taxi drivers have seriously assaulted lone female passengers. If you're a woman, always sit in the back.
Buses can be crowded. It's worse on holidays and during peak times. Drivers may not follow safety standards.
International cruise ships visit the port of Aqaba on the Red Sea.
Australian officials have been advised against travelling on flights that cross Syrian airspace. If you have concerns, check your airline's flight path before booking. Flight paths are subject to change.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Jordan's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular assistance, contact:
41 Kayed Al Armouti Street
Abdoun Al Janoubi
Phone: (+962) 6 580 7000
Fax: (+962) 6 580 7001
The working week is Sunday to Thursday.
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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