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Jordan Travel Guide
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Travel warning

Following the military action in Iraq, there is a large risk of terrorism in Jordan and vigilance is necessary. The Jordanian security forces foiled many possible terrorist attacks in 2004. Extra care should be taken at the crossing points between Israel and Jordan. Potential travellers should check 1 of the following government websites for the latest risk assessment:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Tel: +44 (0)870 606 0290.

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Website: www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/sos/warnings-en.asp

Jordan shares borders with Syria, Israel, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea to the south west and the Dead Sea is to the north west. A high plateau extends 324 kilometres (201 miles) from Syria to Ras en Naqab in the south. The east of Jordan is mainly desert.

Amman, the capital since 1921, is very well equipped with tourist services. The central souk is lively and provides a sample of a more traditional city. The major attraction is the Roman amphitheatre in the centre which dates from the 2nd century AD.

Jerash is less than 1 hour’s drive from Amman through the beautiful hills of ancient Gilead. A magnificent Graeco Roman city on an ancient site, Jerash is rightly famous for the Triumphal Arch and the Hippodrome. Petra, a gigantic amphitheatre hidden in the rocks out of which a city with vast façades that have been carved, is one of the wonders of the Middle Eastern world.

The Dead Sea, 392 metres (1,286 feet) below sea level, and the lowest point on earth, glistens by day and night in an eerie, dry landscape. Local dishes include mensaf (stewed lamb in a yogurt sauce served on a bed of rice). There are theatres, nightclubs and cinemas in Amman, while some other major towns have cinemas and bars.
Useful travel links
Jordan The Jordan tourism board
Lonely Planet Guide to Jordan from lonely planet