Upcoming Summer Events

The U.S. Embassy reminds American citizen residents and visitors in Jordan of the upcoming month of Ramadan, scheduled to begin approximately June 17th and lasting roughly thirty days. Local media and news outlets will provide reports on the specific dates.  Per Jordanian law, eating, drinking (including water), smoking, and chewing gum in public are prohibited, regardless of religion.  Announced penalties include fines ranging from 15 – 200 JD per incidence and may include up to one month in prison.

Regardless of changing U.S. laws and attitudes, the U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens residing in or visiting Jordan that they are subject to all Jordanian laws and regulations.  Jordanian law prohibits the use, possession, and distribution of narcotics, including marijuana and hashish.  Individuals arrested for drug offenses are referred to the State Security Court and face significant penalties; including extended jail terms and heavy fines.  The U.S. Embassy cannot get an American out of jail overseas, or provide legal advice.  A list of local attorneys is available at the Embassy’s Web site.

Additionally, in the coming weeks the Jordanian Ministry of Education will release the results of the high school exam (Tawjihi).  Families throughout Jordan often publicly celebrate this announcement; these events are occasionally accompanied by celebratory gunfire.  If you hear gunfire, seek shelter indoors and away from exterior doors and windows.

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 Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review the “Traveler’s Checklist” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).