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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Due to Fuel Protests, Defer Non-Essential Travel Throughout Jordan

November 14, 2012

Spontaneous, sometimes violent, demonstrations have continued throughout the day across Jordan, including in Amman.  These unpredictable protests (as well as some planned events) may continue through the weekend.  Multiple, confirmed reports indicate that protesters have blocked major highways at different locations, and that the security services have used non-lethal measures to disperse crowds.  The police are unable to predict when these closures will take place and how long it will take to re-open the roads. While there is no indication that these events are directed at Americans or foreigners, the U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel through Saturday, November 17.

The Embassy will continue to inform U.S. citizens of updates as warranted.  In general, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to monitor the news for the latest developments on potential protests.  Spontaneous protests or conflicts could take place at any time, especially at police stations, government buildings, gas stations, and establishments that sell cooking fuel.

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 Safe Trip Abroad,” 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.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market  to have travel information at your fingertips.  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).