Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 17 May 2018, 10:30 NZST
  • Still current at: 22 May 2018

High Risk

There is high risk to your security near the borders with Syria and Iraq due to military activity and the uncertain security situation. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to these border areas. Jordanian authorities have increased security along the border with Syria and military activity has resulted in fatalities and injuries.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Jordan due to the threat of terrorism and civil unrest and we advise caution. New Zealanders in Jordan should be aware that there is the potential for the ongoing conflict in Syria to affect the security situation in Jordan, including beyond the immediate border area.

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Terrorism
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.

Civil Unrest
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
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.

Borders
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.

Crime
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.

Travel tips


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 newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com 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 nz.consulate@jwico.com

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Turkey

Street Address
Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara , Turkey

Telephone: + 90 312 446 3333

Fax: +90 312 446 3317

Email: newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/turkey

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700

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