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Jordan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Nov 22, 2002

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to increased security concerns in Jordan and to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Jordan. In addition, this Travel Warning alerts American citizens that the Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.

On October 28, 2002, an American employee of the United States Embassy was assassinated. Earlier Warden Messages have noted the threat of kidnapping of U.S. citizens. Based on our assessment of the security situation, we have made a decision to allow non-emergency embassy employees and all dependents to depart the country. While we retain full confidence in the commitment and capability of the Jordanian government to protect Americans, the decision to authorize departure of some official Americans and dependents results from an overall assessment of the security situation. Jordanian security forces are making extraordinary efforts to provide protection for Americans in Jordan, and to identify and bring to justice the killers of Laurence Foley. We are confident those efforts will ultimately be successful.

This drawdown in personnel will not result in the closure of the embassy or reduction of public services in any way. All U.S. citizens in Jordan are urged to consider their personal security and to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being, including consideration of departure from the country.

Americans who remain in Jordan or those who visit despite this Warning should exercise maximum caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. These measures include maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel and notifying the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in case of any change in the local security situation. U.S. Consular personnel remain available to provide emergency services to American citizens. The U.S. Embassy can be reached at 592-0101 extensions 2504/2063/2062.

For further information, please see the latest Consular Information Sheet for Jordan which is available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at http://travel.state.gov. In addition, please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement and the Middle East and North Africa Update.

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