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26 Most Common Tourist Scams in Jordan

Safety at Amman, Aqaba, Irbid, Jerash, Kerak, Madaba, Salt, Zarqa, Petra, Wadi Rum
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Petra

Petra. Source: Jason Auch / Flickr

 

Jordan is part of the scenic Arabian Peninsula and is also one of the most visited.

The country is covered in amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Nabataea ruins in Petra, and is also home to the spot where Jesus Christ is said to have been baptized.

With a unique history that dates back centuries, you can take in ancient Roman cities and Persian and Egyptian artifacts here.

If you seek a little modernity, you can find that in the capital city of Amman as well as the vibrant town of Aqaba.

Due to a reliance on tourism and harsh penalties, crime rates are low. However, there are still petty crime and scams around here.

So read on to learn how to protect yourself!

 

 

A. TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Bedouin bezness (romance scam)

Bedouin man

Bedouin man. Source: heartmybackpack.com

 

How it works:

This is one of the most infamous scams in Jordan and has been happening primarily in Petra, but in also in Wadi Rum, Wadi Musa and other Bedouin villages for more than the past 10 years.

Local Bedouin men often target solo female travelers with unbridled flattery and attention, regaling them with exotic tales of life in Jordan, and offering companionship with him, his family and his friends.

They then invite you to their place – candlelit caves under star-studded desert skies, which you imagine to be like a fairy tale like setting.

This is usually a scam however and when you return to your own country, they either ask you to send money to them to perhaps:

  • Set up a joint business
  • Help him due to a series of disasters that have befallen him in Jordan
  • To blackmail you if he has gotten a hold on you
  • Or even to support his election campaign!

However, it does not stop there. There have been cases of females or even couples being drugged with the female then being sexually assaulted.

The authorities know about this, but as females do not stay in Jordan long, they are unlikely to see the trial through. Some are also afraid of reprisal.

Further, such cases are difficult to prosecute as there is usually no strong evidence to support the case.

 

What to do:

If you are approached by men who are extremely flirtatious and friendly in Jordan then be very skeptical of their motives.

Should they ask you to invest in a joint business or send them money then this is probably a scam.

 

2. Petra tour guide scam

Ad Deir, Petra

Ad Deir, Petra. Source: Albert Wirtz / Flickr

 

How it works:

Steer clear of the tour guides at Petra, as there are many ways they can waste your time.

For instance, you may find yourself wasting time at the Visitor’s Centre poring over the large map rather being in the field enjoying the sights.

Another case was that of tour guides being keener in introducing their cousins selling overpriced juice or renting out donkeys.

You may also encounter tour guides who spend most of the time chatting about himself and his disadvantaged family in the hopes of getting a tip.

 

What to do:

You can simply grab a map and be on your way as the sites are clearly marked.

Else, engage a licensed, reputable tours and activities operator which you can find via:

  • TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Trafalgar, etc can be found here with best price guarantee.
  • Viator: largest day tours platform globally and in Jordan with low price guarantee.
  • Your hotel / hostel affiliated tour operator: reliable but generally not the best or cheapest.

 

3. Horse ride scam at Petra

Horse ride in Petra

Horse ride in Petra. Source: hunbille/ Flickr

 

How it works:

Just after you enter Petra, you will be approached by horse ride guides, who tell you to take a horse ride to get to anywhere you want, such as the treasury.

They claim that the ride is free and included in your ticket.

It is indeed included, but once you get off, you will be hounded for a tip, from anywhere between 20 to even 50 JD!

 

What to do:

We recommend not taking the horse ride, as walking is more fun – you get to see several sites in more details along the way, and get a better feel of how it was like living there in ancient times.

Further, the horses are mistreated here and one look and you can tell that they are exhausted.

 

4. Camel ride scam at Petra

Camels in Jordan

Camels in Jordan

 

How it works:

At Petra, in order to get your money, you will be told all sorts of things.

Camel drivers for instance will tell you that they can take you all the way up to the Monastery and you agree on a fee.

The fact is that camels cannot go to the Monastery, only donkeys can.

So once at the mountain base leading to the Monastery, you will be asked to pay an additional amount for the use of donkeys from their “cousins” if you want to go up.

 

What to do:

Don’t believe their lies.

 

5. Petra trail blocking scam

Al Khubtha trail

Al Khubtha trail. Source: anadventurousworld.com

 

How it works:

At Petra, tourists who want to go the Treasury viewpoint along the Al Khubtha Trail have reported being stopped by Bedouins who demand an “entrance fee” before they let you pass.

This however is a scam as they do not own any land and do not have any right to do so.

 

What to do:

You can head back to the main road and get the tourist police to accompany you and deal with the guys.

 

6. Petra kids

 

How it works:

At Petra, you will encounter many kids who either act as beggars or postcard / souvenir sellers.

For the beggars, this is all a guise for them to distract you in a group and then steal your belongings.

For the sellers, they may claim that something is free. However, once they hand something over to you, they will demand a gift in return.

 

What to do:

Don’t donate. If you want to help, donate to an established charity instead.

Further, to prevent thieves from ever having a chance of stealing from you, consider using:

 

7. Wadi Rum visitor centre lying touts

Wadi Rum visitor centre

Wadi Rum visitor centre. Source: Hans Nerstu / Flickr

 

How it works:

Upon your arrival at the parking lots, you are likely to encounter touts claiming to sell the official entrance tickets.

However, these are actually not genuine tickets but are mere flyers!

Only buy tickets for the Protected Area which go for 5 JOD per person at the visitor’s centre’s ticket box.

Bedsides the fake tickets, you may also be told that you have to pay money to drive your car to the guest house / restaurant in Rum Village.

This is not true as there is no fee charged to drive to or for parking there.

 

What to do:

Ignore. Do not buy from streets touts or unofficial sellers.

Only buy a ticket through these sources:

  • Direct from company / official counters.
  • Licensed retailers.
  • Your hotel / hostel if such a service is provided.
  • Day tour platforms like Viator (largest globally and in Jordan).

 

8. Fake Wadi Rum tours

Wadi Rum, Negev Desert

Wadi Rum, Negev Desert

 

How it works:

One of the main reasons people come to Jordan is to visit the desert area of Wadi Rum.

As a result however some touts will try to scam you and sell you a fake tour.

This starts when the scammer offers you a very low price to visit Wadi Rum and perhaps also camp overnight in the desert.

When you agree, they will take you out into the desert although this will not be the real Wadi Rum and will actually be a different part of the desert that is closer and easier to travel to, which is why the fee is lower.

Many visitors however don’t even realize that this is not the real Wadi Rum.

 

What to do:

If the price of a tour to Wadi Rum sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Always book any tours in Jordan through a reputable agency – do some online research or check with your hotel / hostel staff for one.

Some channels you can use include:

  • TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Trafalgar, etc can be found here with best price guarantee.
  • Viator: largest day tours platform globally and in Jordan with low price guarantee.
  • Your hotel / hostel affiliated tour operator: reliable but generally not the best or cheapest.

Note that only the Bedouin people are allowed to run tours in Wadi Rum.

 

9. Wadi Rum desert camp scam

Wadi Rum desert camp

Wadi Rum desert camp. Source: Infoturismiamoci / Flickr

 

How it works:

Majority of the Wadi Rum “camps” listed online are actually frauds.

These online listings and fake positive reviews are actually put up by local scammers with the help of their foreigner girlfriends who are good in English.

 

What to do:

To easily spot a fraud, insist that a desert camp operator first send you scanned copies of their licences before you commit.

 

10. Local products scam

Local shop in Amman

Local shop in Amman. Source: Travelling Man / Flickr

 

How it works:

One of the main scams you are likely to encounter in Jordan is related to ‘local products’ sold in tourist and souvenir shops in Aqaba and Amman.

Scammers will tell you that these items are ‘locally produced’ and try to charge you a high price for them, although many are imported from other parts of the Arab Peninsula as they are cheaper to make outside the country.

They may also claim that these are fair trade items designed to help the local community.

Often this is not true and you will not be getting a charming local product but rather a cheap knock-off at an inflated price.

 

What to do:

Unless you are an expert it can be hard to tell which products are made in Jordan and which products are imports.

As such the best advice when it comes to buying souvenirs is to buy items that you personally like regardless of their origins.

You can also research fair trade shops and businesses online or ask your hotel / hostel staff if you want to buy products that will benefit the local community.

If you find this too time-consuming, other options available include:

  • Using local connections: get a local to bring you around.
  • Multiday tour through TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Trafalgar, etc can be found here with best price guarantee.
  • Shopping tour through Viator: largest platform of day tours globally and in Jordan with low price guarantee.

 

11. Fake antiques

Antique shop in Amman

Antique shop in Amman. Source: NatWit2011 / Flickr

 

How it works:

Just like in Egypt and China, Many tourist shops in areas like markets in Amman will try to sell you antiques,

You will also encounter touts at Petra trying to sell you coins claiming to have been found from the tombs.

This however is often just stock that is left over from previous years and is not ‘antique’ at all.

Often the sellers will charge you a high price for the items, citing their antique origins.

Common items that are pitched to visitors as antiques include old coins as well as oil lamps.

 

What to do:

It can be difficult to tell if an item is an antique unless you are an expert.

As such, it is best to avoid buying anything advertised as an antique.

If you do want to buy an item however then it is best to purchase something you genuinely like and pay a price you feel comfortable with.

Else, visit licensed, reputable shops which you can find via some online research by asking your hotel / hostel staff.

If you find this too time-consuming, other options available include:

  • Using local connections: get a local to bring you around.
  • Multiday tour through TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Trafalgar, etc can be found here with best price guarantee.
  • Shopping tour through Viator: largest platform of day tours globally and in Jordan with low price guarantee.

 

12. Pickpocketing

Street in Jordan

Street in Jordan. Source: Chang Ju Wu / Flickr

 

How it works:

Pickpocketing can occur at beach areas such as Aqaba, in markets like Souk Zara, Souk Jara, and the Gold Souk in Amman, and in narrow and crowded streets of the older parts of the city center in Amman.

These thieves work in gangs, and will hang around to spot anyone carrying an expensive or neglected phone / jewelry / valuable / bag and where it is stored.

Once they mark a target, they surround you and then work like this:

  • One keeps a lookout and blocks passer-bys from seeing the scene.
  • Another blocks, pushes or distracts you (e.g. ask you an innocent question / survey / drop something and ask you about it).
  • A third steals your valuable / slashes your bag and then passes it on.
  • The last hides the loot under a jacket / coat / newspaper and then escapes.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch out for suspicious characters, though that is easier said than done.

The best solution is still, to not make yourself look like a target. 

Further, make it impossible for thieves to steal from you with these methods:

  • Carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the actual one.
  • Carry small amounts of cash in a cheap spare wallet that you wouldn’t mind losing. Do not leave it in your back pocket.
  • Conceal small valuables in a money belt / hidden pouch, large valuables in a slash-resistant and lockable anti-theft bag.
  • Leave most valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe, secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) which covers loss of valuables.

 

B. TRANSPORT

1. Overcharging taxis

Taxi in Jordan

Taxi in Jordan. Source: Taj / Flickr

 

How it works:

You may encounter this while crossing the border from Israel to Jordan.

To make it easier for tourists there are flat rate fares placed on signs so that you can see how much it will cost you to get into town.

Some scammers however will tell you that this flat rate is per person rather than per taxi in order to get a higher fare.

They may even claim that there is an additional admin fee to pay!

 

What to do:

All advertised flat rate fares at the border are per taxi and not per person.

Anyone who tells you that the fare is per person is a scammer and you can report them to the tourist police office at the border between Jordan and Israel.

 

2. Broken taxi meters

Traffic in Jordan

Traffic in Jordan. Source: Davide Ferronato

 

How it works:

Taxis in Jordan should use a meter. This however can often result in a lower fare so many drivers may be unwilling to use it.

They have a range of scams which are designed to avoid using the meter such as telling you that it is broken.

They will then offer you a flat rate fare which is higher than the meter price would have been.

 

What to do:

Only take licensed taxis in Jordan as these are much less likely to scam you.

These are yellow although you may also find some newer grey vehicles which are also official taxis.

If the driver gives you an excuse about why they can’t use the meter then just look for another taxi as they are in plentiful supply all over Jordan.

You can estimate the fair price of any route and use that to negotiate. Methods include:

  • Checking with your hotel / hostel staff.
  • An online taxi fare estimator / online travel forums.
  • Taxi booking apps like Careem, Uber.

 

3. Rigged taxi meters

 

How it works:

As the name suggests, the taxi meter either jumps too much for the distance travelled or too fast for the time travelled.

Also, watch out for these red flags:

  • Tampered / missing meter seal
  • Only fare is displayed (without distance and waiting time)
  • Not being able to find taxi name, taxi operator number, taxi car plate number inside the cab
  • Driver clicking something, probably a hidden switch
  • If driver drives slowly at a high speed area to prevent the meter from jumping too wildly

 

What to do:

Watch the meter during the trip.

If you suspect something is amiss, take a photo of the taxi’s license certification and car plate number and threaten to call the police.

 

4. Fake hotel taxis

 

How it works:

This scam is used by staff in hotels such as bellhops and concierge staff.

They will tell you that they will call for you an official ‘hotel taxi’ although in reality there is no such thing in Jordan.

The taxi that they call will be a regular yellow taxi but as they are operating as a ‘hotel taxi’ the driver will tell you that you need to pay a flat rate which can be up to five times the normal price.

 

What to do:

Be skeptical if anyone says they will call you a hotel taxi as these do not technically exist in Jordan.

As such if a normal yellow taxi arrives then insist that they use the meter.

Do note that however, some hotels do have limousine taxis which you can book for pick up and drop off at the airport.

 

5. Incorrect taxi exchange rates

Jordan currency

Jordan currency. Source: Magh/ Flickr

 

How it works:

A common scam in Jordan is the issue with the fare that is displayed on the meter.

This is usually in fils, not in the official currency of Jordan which is dinars.

Fares are usually shown to the third decimal place which means that one dinar is shown on a meter as 1.000.

Some drivers however will take advantage of the fact that visitors are unfamiliar with the exchange rate and will tell you that this means 10 dinars instead of the correct fare which is one dinar.

 

What to do:

Try to familiarize yourself with the exchange rate between fils (the common currency used in many Arab countries) and dinars (the currency of Jordan).

Always check the exchange rate and question the driver if you think this is incorrect.

Do not be rushed into handing over large amounts of money without checking the exchange rate first.

 

6. Taxi drivers with no change

 

How it works:

Taxi drivers will often tell you that they do not have change, especially if you try to pay for the fare with a 5 JD or 10 JD note.

On some occasions they may genuinely not have change but often this is a scam so that you will tell them to keep the change.

 

What to do:

Carry plenty of 1 JD notes with you when you take a taxi and keep plenty of coins handy to pay the fare.

If you do not have any small notes and need to pay with a 5 JD or 10 JD bill then tell the driver this before you get into the taxi and check that they have change.

 

7. Long taxi routes

Congestion in Jordan

Congestion in Jordan. Source: Alan P. Goldstein / Flickr

 

How it works:

This is a common scam used by taxi drivers all over the world including in Jordan.

If a driver is using the meter then they may try to inflate the fare by driving you all over town or drive into heavy traffic to keep the meter ticking over.

 

What to do:

In the cab, be very clear when communicating the destination you are heading to. More prominent landmarks around your destination can be mentioned.

During the ride, check your phone’s GPS to make sure you are headed in the correct direction.

Sometimes, drivers do take detours to avoid traffic jams, but that should not detract from the correct general direction.

To tell if you have been taken for a ride, you can estimate a fair price of any route by checking:

  • An online taxi fare estimator / online travel forums.
  • With your hotel / hostel
  • Taxi booking apps like Careem and Uber.

If you want to seek recourse, take a photo of the car plate number and of the driver’s license to report to the cab company.

 

8. Taxi driver recommendation

 

How it works:

This is common in Amman where taxi drivers will often offer to take you to another restaurant or hotel other than the one you wanted.

 

What to do:

Stick to your plans.

They may claim that a place is closed or that another is better, but that is all a ruse to get you to somewhere where they receive commission from.

For hotels and apartments, only book through legitimate sites such as

  • Booking.com: Frommer’s tests have found the site to offer the best selection and rates amongst competing sites most of the time.
  • Homestay: if you are up for gaining genuine insights of Jordan by staying with a local host!

 

9. Money or your headlights

Headlights

Headlights. Source: ifsautoloans.com

 

How it works:

Not technically a scam, but if you were to drive between Madaba and the Dead Sea, you may encounter these pesky little kids who ask for sweets or one JD.

If you do not give, they will hurl rocks at your car, aiming in particular for your headlights.

 

What to do:

Don’t stop if you are fast enough. Else, just give them one JD.

 

10. Fake accident scam

Amman

Amman

 

How it works:

A car can appear out of nowhere and cut dangerously in front of you on what is an empty street in Amman.

It is actually trying to force you to move to one side (e.g. your right). While doing so, another car will suddenly appear behind you and get their bumper scratched.

The first car then vanishes.

As you pull up, men will appear from the “victim” car speaking loudly in incomprehensible Arabic about involving the police.

They demand to be compensated with outrageous amounts of money and out of nowhere again, a guy will appear on the scene to “mitigate” the situation using English.

If you had inspected the other car closely, you will notice that that car has many scratches, way more than the ones on your bumper.

 

What to do:

Call the police (hotline at end of the article).

In the meantime keep your car doors locked and windows up.

This is because they could be using this to distract you and get their accomplices to steal from your car at the same time.

Next, do not leave any valuables exposed in the car:

  • Hide small valuables in a money belt or hidden pouch.
  • Large valuables should be in an anti-theft bag with you / locked down in the boot (do this before driving / somewhere else, not when you are at your parking lot).

Finally, make sure to always have travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) for two key purposes:

  • Monetary compensation for any loss of valuables.
  • Medical coverage in case you are assaulted.

 

11. Gas station scam

Jo Petrol

Jo Petrol. Source: Osama Aqarbeh

 

How it works:

A common scam at gas stations in Jordan is to give you less petrol than requested while still charging for the original amount requested.

For instance, you may ask for 15 JD worth of petrol, but the attendant pretends to hear only 5.

When you remonstrate with him, he will fill up another 5, and with the pump now showing 10 in total, he will claim to have topped up the difference of 10.

You can tell this easily just by looking at the fuel gauge of your car.

 

What to do:

Before the attendant pumps any fuel, make sure that the pump reading starts at 0.

Next, write down the exact amount of fuel you want on a piece of paper so that he cannot feign ignorance.

 

C. MISCELLANEOUS

1. Snatch theft

Jordan

Jordan. Source: hunbille / Flickr

 

How it works:

Generally, there are two versions of snatch thefts – strike and run, or distract and grab, in many possible contexts:

  • Bikes / mopeds riding past, with a pillion rider doing the snatch (in Amman)
  • Snatchingfrom behind you, then running into a getaway car to escape.
  • At restaurants, stealing unattended bags / valuables on the chair or table.
  • Hotelsairports, where distracted / tired tourists carry all their valuables out.
  • The beachwhere tourists are relaxed, or when they head to the water.
  • Nightclubs, where “prostitutes” pretend to proposition tourists by grabbing them but are really trying to steal your valuables.
  • Seats beside a train’s doors where a thief gets out just before the doors close.
  • Stealing of bags on overnight trains / buses.
  • Valuables snatched through a car / bus window.
  • Thefts around ATMs.

 

What to do:

At crowded places, even seemingly safe places like at a restaurant or hotel:

While out walking / on transport:

  • Use a cross body anti-theft bag facing away from the road / windows of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry valuables in your hands when walking by the road or when beside a vehicle window / train door.
  • Avoid wearing obvious jewelry which can be easily ripped off.

Other protection measures:

 

2. ATM scams

Signs of a rigged ATM

Signs of a rigged ATM

 

How it works:

Just like everywhere around the world, there are rigged ATMs here as well (e.g. Peru, Kenya).

Generally, ATMs can be rigged in two ways.

First, the card skimmer and pinhole camera / keypad overlay set up:

  • A card skimmer is installed over the card slot to capture your card details.
  • The pinhole camera / keypad overlay is used to capture your PIN.

Second, the card trap:

  • The card slot can be rigged with cheap tools to trap your card.
  • When your card is stuck, someone will come over and tell you that if you retype your PIN, your card will be unblocked.
  • Obviously, your card will still be stuck, but the scammer will now have seen your PIN.
  • Should you head into the bank / somewhere to seek help, the scammer will unblock your card and escape.

 

What to do:

Avoid using ATMs at dark, secluded areas. Use only at controlled environments such as in banks.

Scan the area for suspicious looking characters, look out for red flags of a rigged ATM and cover your PIN when typing it in.

Also, although not directly relevant, consider using a RFID blocking wallet.

That will prevent your cards’ details from being skimmed by thieves with a mobile RFID reader / scanner.

 

3. Fake currency

 

How it works:

Fake currency is not a huge problem in Jordan although this is not to say that it doesn’t happen.

Usually the source of fake bills is fraudulent money changers who operate on the streets.

 

What to do:

It can be difficult to tell if bills are fake so it is best to just avoid the source.

Do not change money at money changers on the streets and choose reputable businesses such as banks or large hotel chains instead.

 

 

E. KEY SAFETY ISSUES

This is not meant to be a fear mongering exercise, as most visits are trouble free as long as you exercise some common sense.

However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Information below has been compiled from:

                                                     

1. Violent crime and terrorism

 

Map of safe and unsafe regions in Jordan

Map of safe and unsafe regions in Jordan. Source: smartraveller.gov.au

How it works:

A brief summary:

  • Violent crime: happens but rarely against foreigners. Watch out for petty crime and scams instead.
  • Hazards: landmines may be located near military installations and borders, including the edead sea area.
  • Hotspots: border areas with Syria and Iraq due to military activity, weapon and drug smuggling and freedom fighters attempting to get into Syria. Also avoid refugee camps.
  • Terrorism: threat remains from violent extremist groups (ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra).
  • Civil unrest: demonstrations can be common, generally occur on Friday after mid-day prayers and near large mosques, major intersections, ministries, downtown areas and the Desert Highway. Tribal clashes may also happen.

 

What to do:

Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, hotspots, travelling alone at night, and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist / flaunting valuables).

Monitor local media in case of any terrorist threats, and avoid participating in demonstrations.

Definitely avoid the borders with Syria and Iraq (within 5 km).

 

2. Medical care

King Abdullah University Hospital

King Abdullah University Hospital. Source: ccjo.com

 

How it works:

Modern medical care is available in main cities like Amman but limited elsewhere.

Diseases to vaccinate against / watch out for include:

  • Insect borne diseases: dengue, chikungunya, leishmaniasis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus, sand fly fever.
  • Food and water borne diseases: travellers’ diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera, polio, brucellosis.
  • Animal borne disease: avian influenza, rabies.
  • Human borne disease: Middle East respiratory syndrome, measles.
  • Activity: schistosomiasis

 

What to do:

If you can’t afford travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads – our review), you can’t afford to travel, as:

  • Emergency health services can cost a bomb.
  • Insurance providers can make complex logistical arrangements to get you the best medical treatment fast.

Vaccinations to consider:

  • All travellers: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, flu shot.
  • Most travellers: Hepatitis A, typhoid.
  • Some travellers: Hepatitis B, rabies.

Prevent insect bites:

  • Protective clothing.
  • Insect repellents.
  • Insecticide treated bed / cot nets.
  • Plug-in insecticides.
  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass.

Food safety:

  • Practise safe hygiene such as washing hands with soap.
  • Only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, ice cubes, uncooked and undercooked food.

 

3. Natural disasters

 

How it works:                                          

A brief summary:

  • Rainy season: November to March. Risk of flooding along wadis (valleys).
  • Sand / dust storm: due to strong winds from the Egyptian deserts.
  • Earthquakes: rockfalls and landslides are possible due to being in active seismic zone with possibility of strong aftershocks.

 

What to do:

Effective preparation and prevention involves staying at the “right” place, travelling at the “right” time and getting travel insurance (e.g. World Nomadsour review) that covers natural disasters.

Check the latest media reports, weather forecasts and sources such as the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Reacting to one:

  • Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture; expect aftershocks.
  • Sand / dust storm:
    • On foot: wear a mask (or use shirt sleeve), cover eyes, seek shelter (building / landform / camel), high ground (if no lightning), don’t move through the storm.
    • In vehicle: if no visibility, pull off road, turn headlines, brake lights and turn signals off. If can’t pull off, keep lights on, move slowly and sound horn periodically.

 

4. Transport safety

 

How it works:

Accidents are common, though road conditions vary across the country and throughout the year.

Some factors to watch out for:

  • Aggressive driving, not signaling.
  • Insufficient lighting at night and cars not using lights, particularly in rural areas.
  • Roaming animals on the roads
  • Heavy snowfall and rain can make mountain roads inaccessible
  • Heavy traffic especially during Ramadan and Eid

As for public transportation, it is generally over-crowded, even more so during major holidays.

 

What to do:

Make sure your travel insurance (e.g. World Nomadsour review) covers travel accidents.

Driving:

  • Get a rental car via legitimate platforms (e.g. AutoEurope – over 60 years of industry experience, super reliable with best price guarantee).
  • Check latest media reports and weather forecast.
  • Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.

 

E. GETTING HELP

1. Emergency numbers to call

Police in Jordan

Police in Jordan. Source: reuters.com

 

  • Emergency hotline: 911
  • Police: 192/191
  • Fire Brigade: 199
  • Ambulance: 193

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