Jordan Risk Assessment Country Guide

Doing Business in Jordan

A relatively young nation, Jordan was formed following World War I. Today, the country is home to more than six million people, and the government has maintained close relationships with the US, UK and other Middle Eastern countries. Millions of people visit Jordan every year, of which 87,000 were British nationals in 2012.

The political situation is relatively stable, although violence could occur sporadically, according to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Expats should avoid large crowds and other demonstrations, and tensions could rise on Friday following midday prayers. 

The FCO advise against all but essential travel near the Syrian border from the Sad Al-Wihdeh Dam up to the Jabr crossing. There is a change of small arms fire and stray mortars in the area. International insurance solutions from Clements will protect you from political, economic, and business security-related risks while outside of your home country in Jordan. 

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  • Terrorism

On November 19, 2015, the CDC issued a level 2 alert for those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula due to an outbreak of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). MERS is a viral respiratory illness that causes fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC encourages travelers to wash their hands consistently and avoid contact with other sick people in the area. 

Before heading to Jordan, you should contact your primary care physician regarding any vaccinations or other preventative measures. Most medical facilities outside of Amman are basic, and adequate treatment may not be accessible outside of major cities. In case of an emergency, you should travel to Amman or Aqaba for treatment.

High temperatures during the summer can lead to health risks. You should drink plenty of water and  use plenty of sun block. Two cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were reported to the World Health Organization. 

Clements Worldwide offers a GlobalCare® health insurance policy that provides health care while you are outside of your home country. Policies include USD 5 million in health care benefits, and family members overseas will also be covered. You will have flexible payment plans, choice of deductible and optional War and Terrorism coverage. This coverage extends your policy to include illness or injury caused by an act of war and terrorism.

Clements also offers Medical Evacuation and Repatriation insurance. A policy covers expenses to transport you to a capable medical facility in case a local medical center isn’t able to provide adequate treatment.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Jordan.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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Although Jordan is a relatively stable nation, there have been political demonstrations since early 2011.  Regional tensions surrounding Gaza and the West Bank at refugee camps and town centers have led to violence incidents. In April 2013, there was a violent attack at the Zaatari refugee camp resulting in serious injury. It’s common for violent clashes to occur on university campuses, leading to fatalities. Expats should stay away from political gatherings and demonstrations. Foreigners should avoid going to downtown Amman after Friday midday prayers.

Expats can drive in Jordan using an International Driving Permit. There have been a large number of road accidents and deaths in Jordan. Expatriates should be vigilant driving at night and be aware of stray animals, broken-down vehicles and unmarked road work. Since it’s common for police to have indiscriminate security checks, so expats should be prepared with their identification documents. In addition, expats should be aware of hand-held speed traps that police use to strictly enforce the speed limit.

Clements provides an international car insurance policy that is tailored towards your organization and to fit Jordan’s local requirements. Policies include Physical Damage, Third Party Liability, and Excess Liability coverage, as well as fast, efficient claims processing. Optional Political Violence extension is recommended, that broadens the coverage to include strikes, riots, malicious damage, sabotage, war, terrorism or civil unrest.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Jordan.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

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Even with improved security measures by the nation's government, terrorist attacks are sporadic and indiscriminate and occur in public places often visited by tourists, foreigners and expats.

On September 25, 2016, Jordanian writer and political activist Nahed Hattar was shot to death by a gunman identified as an Islamic extremist preacher in Amman.

On June 27, 2016, a series of explosions hit the predominantly Christian town of Qaa where at least four suicide bombers detonated their load. The first attacker blew himself up in front of a house in the village. Alerted, the residents gathered at the site when three other bombers went into action. More bombers blew themselves up at a funeral that was being organized for those that were killed earlier. Five people were killed and more than 15 injured.

On June 12, 2016, a small bomb exploded outside the Central Bank of Lebanon, injuring two people and shattering glass. No group claimed responsibility, but Hezbollah is suspected as the bank was involved in an American backed act that would attempt to stop the flow of money to Hezbollah.

On June 6, 2016, a local intelligence office near the capital Amman was attacked by Islamic militants. Three guards and two civilian intelligence office workers were killed.

On February 3, 2015, ISIS militants immolated a Jordanian pilot, and soon after the Jordanian government executed two terrorists and vow revenge for the death of the pilot, Muath Kasasbeh.

In October 2012, the Jordanian Government stopped a planned terrorist attack by 11 Jordanians targeting Western interests in Amman. A War and Terrorism insurance policy from Clements offers the right coverage against the risks of civil unrest, war, riots, looting, and acts of terrorism.

There is a high risk of kidnapping in Jordan over the Iraqi borders. While travelling into Iraq, passengers have been handed over to kidnappers. Clements provides a Kidnap and Ransom insurance policy, which ensures financial assistance following a kidnapping, such as independent investigations, negotiations, arrangement and delivery of funds.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Jordan.

Source: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide 

Contact a Clements Representative for Insurance Solutions