From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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 the risk of small arms fire, stray mortars, or other attacks in the area. See Border areas

Following recent tensions in Jerusalem, larger than usual demonstrations are expected particularly after Friday prayers in downtown Amman and potentially elsewhere across the country.

There are heightened tensions following the conviction of Maarek Abu Tayeh for the murder of three American soldiers in November last year. Local tribes have reportedly been blocking the Desert Highway (Highway 15) in places between Karak and Aqaba; this part of the highway includes the route most frequently used to reach Petra from Amman. You should avoid using this part of the highway for the time being and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. The UK government has implemented additional security measures, including Jordan. Direct flights continue to depart to the UK from Jordan. You should co-operate fully with security officials. For more information about how this may affect your flight, including if you’re transiting through Jordan on the way to the UK, read this guidance page and contact your airline or travel company if you have further questions.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Jordan. A number of incidents have occurred 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

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

You should remain vigilant at all times. Avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Stay away from downtown Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers as violent incidents have been known to occur at these times. From time to time, violent incidents have also occurred on several university campuses. See Political situation

There has been occasional widespread strike action in Petra and Wadi Musa, but access to the main Petra site has largely been unaffected. Check with your travel company and local media for updates. If you’re caught up in any strike action, always follow police instructions.

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.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/17iyLUa

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