Halloween Prohibition and Demonstration on Friday, October 31

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of a large planned demonstration in downtown Amman at the al-Husseini Mosque following noon prayers on October 31, 2014. The demonstration is being staged in response to the recent actions at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.  U.S. citizens should expect an increased police and security presence in this area.

Additionally, the Government of Jordan recently announced that public celebrations of Halloween and public appearances in Halloween costume are prohibited.  U.S. citizens should expect police reaction, including arrests, at any public Halloween-themed event.  The U.S. Embassy advises that U.S. citizens traveling from their home to a Halloween party, or vice versa, cover up their costumes while in public or in a car.

U.S. citizens should avoid areas where demonstrations are ongoing.  Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations occur in Jordan from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  We remind U.S. citizens that protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. As always, please be aware of your surroundings and monitor local media.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Amman is located on Al-Umawiyyeen Street, Abdoun, P.O. Box 354.  The telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6000, and the fax number is [962] (6) 592-4102.  The after-hours emergency telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6500.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review “A Traveler’s Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.