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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to within 3km of the entire Syrian border, and to within 6km of the Syrian border between routes 15 and 35. This is due to increased military activity in southern Syria, close to the border with Jordan, and the risk of small arms fire, stray mortars, or other attacks in the area. See Border areas

Due to regional tensions and proposed changes to local tax laws, there is an increased risk of demonstrations in both Amman and other towns and cities. You should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations which can arise at short notice, often in downtown Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers. Follow the advice of local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

From time to time, incidents have also occurred on several university campuses. You should remain vigilant at all times. See Political situation

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Jordan. There were a number of incidents in 2016, some serious. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls and tourist sites. You should take extra care, and in the event of an incident, follow the advice of the Jordanian authorities. See Terrorism

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures have been in place on flights departing from Jordan to the UK since March 2017. You should co-operate fully with security officials. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin, introduced as part of these measures, have now been lifted for the vast majority of airlines operating from airports in Jordan. However, some airlines have decided to maintain the restrictions for operational reasons. For more information and advice about what items you can take into the cabin on your flight from Jordan to the UK, contact your airline or travel company.

The Desert Highway (highway 15) has occasionally been closed due to unrest in Ma’an, and parts of the highway between Karak and Aqaba may also be blocked at times. If you’re using the highway in the area you should exercise caution and follow police instructions.

Around 65,000 British nationals visited Jordan in 2016. Most visits are trouble free.

You can contact the emergency services by calling 911.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.