How Safe Is Amman for Travel?

Amman, Jordan
Safety Index:
53

Amman is the capital and largest city in Jordan.

Besides the fact that it has four million inhabitants, the city is generally reasonably well-organized and people are very friendly.

It is divided into the eastern part of the city, which is the area of the working class and is much older than the more modern western part.

When visiting Amman, you should go to Roman Amphitheatre, art galleries and Jordan Museum, or try its delicious cuisine.

Districts like Weibdeh, which is a very nice area for entertainment or Dabouq, a very wealthy area, are both safe and interesting to visitors.

Warnings & Dangers in Amman

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Even though there are certain risks in Amman, it is still considered as the safest capital in the region. Pickpockets are operating in crowded areas, the risk of mugging and scam risk exists, but there are no reports of serious criminal acts against tourists recently.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

The public transport is dangerous because of the high risks of terrorist attacks that might occur there. Also, rush hours should be avoided and if you decide to take a rental car, make sure you have extra liability insurance for your car. Yellow and grey taxis are available and can be easily found anywhere in Amman, while white taxis are shared, and they have a specific route. You should ask the driver to turn on the meter. Never accept lifts from strangers.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Crime level when it comes to pickpocketing is medium, which means that occasional bag snatching and theft from cars happen, so tourists need to be vigilant and keep their money and passport in a safe place. Jordanian police are doing its best to protect people from thieves.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The risk of natural hazards exists and floods can occur during winter. Jordan is located in an active earthquake zone and rockfalls and landslides can occur.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

The fact that there is almost no kidnapping or mugging risk in the city does not make it fully safe since terrorist groups operating in Syria use kidnapping as a tactic. The ransoms are considered to make the hostage-taking even more developed.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Terrorism risk is very high here and attacks could occur anywhere, especially in places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls, and tourist sites. The authorities in Jordan are doing their best to stop the terrorist groups from attacking and have successfully prevented several planned attacks.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are very harsh punishments for criminal acts, but still safety level is medium. Some scams are made by the taxi drivers when the meter is in fils, not in dinars, and vendors sell goods as they are handmade, when in fact they are imported from abroad. Scammers can be found in tourist areas, targeting single women travelers and are aimed at stealing money.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Jordan is a Muslim country and Jordanian people are mostly very welcoming to any foreign visitors. Still, reports of cases of sexual assault against foreign women are increasing recently. Female visitors should avoid traveling alone even during daylight hours, and consider dressing modestly when in public.

So... How Safe Is Amman Really?

Regarding the fact that Amman has a location score of 53 when it comes to safety, it is not such a safe place to visit.

Even though people consider that it is safe to walk anywhere in the city at any time of day or night, precaution is obligatory.

Serious crime is extremely rare, but the terrorist threat exists.

What is even worse is that the extremists have expressed a desire to attack targeting Western visitors in Jordan.

Considering the fact that it has a population of more than 4 million inhabitants, generally speaking, the state of criminality in Amman is moderate, with the most common threats like pickpocketing and bag snatching.

If you are a watchful and experienced tourist, the chances of running into trouble are rare.

Useful Information

  • Visas - When coming to Amman, a valid passport and a visa are required. You can get a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airports, and if you decide to stay longer in Amman, you can extend your visa up to a maximum period of 6 months. If you overstay your visa you will be fined. If you have previously visited Israel, this might cause some difficulties when entering Jordan.
  • Currency - Jordanian dinar is the official currency of Israel. Cash machines can be found throughout Amman, as well as ATMs.
  • Weather - Hot summers and short winters are characteristic of Amman's climate, with a minimum of 6°C in January and 38°C in summer. Winter lasts from the end of November to mid-March and snow occasionally falls once or twice a year. The most rain falls between October and April.
  • Airports - Most travelers to Amman come via Queen Alia International Airport, located in east Amman, a few kilometers beyond the railway station. This is the largest one in Jordan, used by approximately 40 airlines from around the world.
  • Travel Insurance - A travel insurance policy that will cover both medical problems and theft is the important fact when visiting Jordan.
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Amman Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 9° C
Feb 10° C
Mar 13° C
Apr 17° C
May 21° C
Jun 25° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 15° C
Dec 10° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
131418232831323231272014
Low
°C
4571014182020181595
High
°F
555764738288909088816857
Low
°F
394145505764686864594841

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