Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lifting Travel Restrictions to Southern Jordan Area

August 7, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lifting Travel Restrictions to Southern Jordan Area

The U.S. Embassy has lifted travel restrictions for personal and official travel for all embassy personnel to Wadi Rum, the city of al-Jafr, all areas south of the city of al-Jafr along Highway 5 in the direction of Ma’an, the Desert Highway (Highway 15) between Ma’an and Aqaba, as well as the areas east of the Desert Highway. The guidance in the Security Message of July 26, 2017 is no longer in effect.

On occasion, the U.S. Embassy may temporarily make areas within Jordan off limits to its staff based on the security situation. Travelers to Jordan should continue to avoid the country’s borders with Syria and Iraq. All U.S. government personnel on official travel must receive prior permission to visit any area within 10 km from the Jordan­-Syria border and travel on Highway 10 east of the town of Ruwayshid toward the Jordan-Iraq border. U.S. government employees on personal travel are not permitted to visit the border areas or refugee camps, and the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid both locations.

For additional detailed information regarding Jordan and travel abroad:

· See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, including the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Jordan and Country Information for Jordan.

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an 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 our email is The after-hours emergency telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6500.

· Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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