Terrorist attacks are highly likely. In 2016 there have been a number of incidents, most of which have targeted local security forces. The most high profile of these included:
On 18 December 2016, 10 people were killed, including 3 civilians, and at least 29 injured in a terrorist attack in Kerak; it’s not clear if tourists were deliberately targeted.
In June 2016, 5 people were killed after a gunman gained access to the General Intelligence Directorate’s base in Baqa’a, 10km north of Amman city centre.There was also an explosion near Rukban on the north-eastern border resulting in some 20 casualties.
In March 2016, Jordanian security forces conducted an operation against a terrorist cell in Irbid, northern Jordan. The operation resulted in a number of deaths.
You should be vigilant at all times and keep updated on the situation in the country through local media and travel reports, and by subscribing for updates to this travel advice.
Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls and tourist sites.
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, 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.