There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners like large hotels, shopping malls and other popular tourist locations.
On 25 February, the US Embassy in Amman received information of a potential threat against high-end malls and supermarkets in Amman. The Government of Jordan has taken steps to increase security at these locations.
In October 2012, the Jordanian Government announced that it had foiled a terrorist plot involving 11 Jordanians seeking to target Western interests in Amman.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Terrorist groups operating in Syria, including those like Jehbat Al Nusra who routinely use kidnapping as a tactic, are present in the Syrian border areas.
The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking.