Security Alert – U.S. Embassy – Amman (October 12, 2023)

Location: Jordan 

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is closely monitoring the security situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.  U.S. citizens are advised to check Israeli and Jordanian government websites to determine if border crossings are open prior to your travel, as they may close or be closed at any time for an unknown duration. 

U.S. citizens can check the status of land border crossings here 

King Hussein/Allenby Bridge in the West Bank (  

Sheikh Hussein/Jordan River Crossing between Israel and Jordan near Beit Shaan/Irbid (  

Yitzhak Rabin/Arava Crossing between Israel and Jordan near Aqaba/Eilat (  

In the past, security incidents in Israel and Gaza have led to protests or large gatherings in neighboring countries.  Demonstrations in Jordan over the last few days, while larger than usual, have been peaceful.  Demonstrations are likely to continue in the same areas (Al Kalouty Mosque and Grand Husseini Mosque in Amman) over the coming days.  Travelers may see host nation security forces and presence of checkpoints on main roads, particularly on the Dead Sea Highway, but potentially anywhere in Jordan.  We encourage travelers to follow instructions from local law enforcement authorities.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and protests or to expeditiously move away from them, and to turn around and seek an alternate route around any road closings.  

U.S. citizens in Israel seeking to depart or contact the U.S. Embassy in Israel, please click this link: or call +1-833-890-9595 and +1-606-641-0131.  From Israel, please call the local number (03-519-7426).  See the most recent security alerts from the U.S. Embassy in Israel here.

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan will continue to review the situation and provide additional information as needed. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid large crowds and protests 
  • Seek alternate routes around road closings 
  • Be aware of your surroundings 
  • Monitor local media 
  • Remain vigilant for anything appearing out of the ordinary  
  • Contact the police by dialing 911 if you are in immediate danger