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Title: COUNTRY CLEARANCE APPROVAL- PRINS+7

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UNCLAS AMMAN 001165 
 
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CITE: U-073-08 
 
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TAGS: OREP AMGT OTRA ASEC AFIN JO
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE APPROVAL- PRINS+7 
 
REF:  FM COMSOCCENT INTEL MACDILL AFB//J2-X// 271706Z MAR 08 
 
¶1. (SBU) Embassy Amman warmly welcomes the visit of MAJ FREDERICK 
PRINS +7 TO AMMAN, DURING THE PERIOD OF 26 APR 08 - 1 MAY 08, as 
requested in reftel.  The travelers should carefully review this 
message, especially the threat assessment at paragraph 9. 
 
¶2.  On October 1, 2007, the Department of State electronic country 
clearance (eCC) application was deployed for all U.S. Government 
travelers.  eCC is the official channel to request country clearance. 
 All agencies and visitors are requested to use eCC to request 
country clearance in the future. 
 
¶3. (SBU) Control officer for this visit is BRADY, SHANNON, SFC, USA, 
OPSNCO, USDAO AMMAN.  OFFICE TELE:  011-962-6-590-6528; MOBILE TELE: 
011-962-79-666-7672.  E-MAIL ADDRESS: BRADYSM@STATE.GOV.  The 
Embassy's after-hours telephone number is +962-6-590-6500. 
 
¶4. (SBU) HOTRES and Airport Expeditor/Transportation Support: All 
lodging, expeditor and transportation support requirements for the 
duration of the TDY period have been arranged via control officer. 
Due to security concerns in Jordan (paragraph 8), TDY personnel are 
assigned hotels on a rotational basis.  Therefore, Embassy Amman will 
make the final decision on hotel accommodations for all visitors. 
 
¶5. (U) Valid visas are required for entry into Jordan.  Visas may be 
obtained at Queen Alia airport though not at all land border 
crossings; however, Embassy Amman suggests visitors obtain their 
visas prior to arrival, as there can be long queues for visa issuance 
at the airport.  Money can be exchanged at Queen Alia airport or in 
the delegation's control room. 
 
¶6. (U) Action request: Each visitor, regardless of length of stay, 
must bring/forward fiscal data to pay for direct costs of the visit. 
Each agency, organization or visiting delegation will be charged for 
the actual costs attributed to its visit.  Direct charge costs 
include, but are not limited to:  American and LES overtime (for such 
services as airport expediting, cashier accommodation exchange, 
control room staffing, representational event support), travel and 
per diem costs incurred by post personnel in support of visitor's 
field travel, rental of vehicles and other equipment, long distance 
telephone calls, office supplies, gasoline and other vehicle 
maintenance costs, departure tax and other airport fees.  Post will 
not provide service if fiscal data is not provided for the direct 
charges.  For TDYers remaining at post over 30 days, there is a 
charge for ICASS support services.  This charge is for the following 
ICASS services:  Basic Package, CLO and Health Services.  Agencies 
will not be billed until the accumulated invoice cost for TDY support 
exceeds $2,500 for the fiscal year.  If your sponsoring agency is not 
signed up for ICASS services at post, please be prepared to sign a 
Memorandum of Understanding for ICASS support services upon arrival. 
The agency should provide post with a written communication, 
generated by the traveler's headquarters, that confirms the agency 
will pay ICASS charges for the TDYer, provides the agency ICASS 
billing code the TDY support charges should be applied to, and 
authorizes the traveler to sign the ICASS invoice generated by the 
TDY module.  Where travel is urgent, the TDYer should bring this 
documentation with him/her to ensure there are no interruptions in 
the provision of service.  Post will not provide any service to a 
TDYer staying in excess of thirty days without provision of this 
documentation before day 31 of the TDY. 
 
¶7. (U) HEALTH:  H5N1 avian flu was confirmed in poultry in Jordan in 
March 2006, and in the same month, the Government of Jordan confirmed 
a human case of H5N1 avian flu in a person who was infected in Egypt 
and traveled to Jordan while sick.  The World Health Organization 
declared Jordan to be free of avian flu in May 2006.  There have been 
no confirmed cases of avian flu in people or birds in Jordan since 
the summer of 2006.  Further cases of avian flu in both people and 
birds in Jordan remain possible.  For this reason and for normal 
health precautions, visitors are encouraged to avoid live poultry, 
poultry farms, and any dead birds.  Visitors should use hand 
sanitizer and wash hands frequently.  Travelers should also patronize 
restaurants having high standards for food safety and hygiene, and 
ask that poultry and egg products be cooked thoroughly. 
 
Although Jordan does not pose any unusual health hazards for 
visitors, the quality of health care facilities is not up to the U.S. 
or European standards, particularly outside of Amman.  As medications 
on the local economy are often in short supply, visitors should bring 
sufficient medications to post for their chronic medical problems. 
Immunizations should be current for Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis 
A and B.  Visitors should drink bottled water rather than tap water. 
Food in the hotels and most restaurants is safe to eat, but some of 
the smaller local restaurants do not always observe proper food 
handling procedures. 
 
Only those personnel covered under the State Department's medical 
program and who have a valid medical clearance for Jordan are 
eligible for a medical evacuation at USG cost.  All other visitors 
are advised to have their own medical evacuation insurance to cover 
evacuation by air ambulance.  Otherwise it will be necessary to 
ensure that the respective agency will cover any costs related to a 
medical evacuation.  All local hospitals take major credit cards. 
 
¶8. (U) SECURITY CLEARANCE AND BUILDING ACCESS: In compliance with 
State Department regulations and Embassy policies, visitors 
requesting unescorted access to the Embassy compound should inform 
RSO Amman of their security clearance level (if any) and should name 
the agency that granted that clearance.  Telegrams containing this 
information should include the "ASEC" tag to ensure distribution to 
the RSO. 
 
Electronic devices:  RSO approval must be obtained before any 
electronic device is brought into the Embassy. Privately owned 
laptops and personal computers, peripherals, diskettes, and tapes are 
prohibited in all mission facilities.  Cellular/mobile phones and 
palm pilots are prohibited in controlled access areas. 
 
Travelers with USG-owned unclassified laptops or notebook computers, 
peripherals, diskettes, and tapes must receive RSO/IMO authorization 
before being granted access to U.S. Mission buildings.  USG-owned 
classified computers must be sent to post via classified diplomatic 
pouch.  Classified equipment must bear external USG bar-code 
inventory numbers and classification markings commensurate with the 
highest level of information processed on the system.  Questions 
concerning other types of electronic devices and magnetic media may 
be directed to the RSO and IMO. 
 
Mandatory personal security training:  Per 04 STATE 66580, all 
employees traveling to post for 30 days or more (whether PCS or TDY) 
must have completed the mandatory personal security training (State 
Department Security Overseas Seminar or equivalent) before arriving 
at post.  Agencies must provide the Chief of Mission with 
certification that this training will be completed prior to the 
employee's travel.  Failure to do so will result in denial of country 
clearance. 
 
¶9. (U) THREAT ASSESSMENT: The threat of terrorism remains high in 
Jordan.  Transnational terrorist groups, as well as less 
sophisticated local elements, have demonstrated the capability to 
pose threats in Jordan.  The Al-Qaida in Iraq network is of 
particular concern for terrorist activities against U.S. and 
Government of Jordan (GOJ) targets in Jordan.  The Al-Qaida in Iraq 
network claimed responsibility for the November 9, 2005 bombings of 
three international hotels in Amman, which killed 60 people and 
injured over 100.  Pedestrian suicide bombers wearing explosive vests 
carried the bombs into the hotels.  Al-Qaida in Iraq also claimed 
responsibility for the Aqaba rocket attacks on August 19, 2005 
targeting a U.S. naval ship, which killed one Jordanian soldier and 
wounded another.  The assassination of American diplomat Larry Foley 
outside his west Amman residence on October 28, 2002 was also 
attributed to Al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who was 
killed in Iraq in June 2006. 
 
In addition, there has been a series of confirmed terrorist threats 
and disrupted terrorist plots targeting U.S. or Jordanian interests 
in Jordan.  In November 2006, the GOJ arrested four men who were 
planning to use a taxi cab to identify and assassinate an American. 
In the same month, the GOJ arrested three men who were reportedly 
plotting to attack the U.S. Embassy and assassinate President Bush 
during his visit to Jordan.  In February 2006, the GOJ disrupted a 
terrorist cell plotting to attack Queen Alia International Airport. 
In November 2005, the GOJ indicted six men for planning to carry out 
attacks against Americans at hotels and bars in Amman and Aqaba.  In 
August-September 2005, four militants were arrested for plotting 
assassinations of Americans in Jordan.  In July 2005, GOJ authorities 
arrested 17 men who had planned to assassinate GOJ officials and 
Americans in Jordan; the group was reportedly linked to Al-Qaida in 
Iraq.  In February 2005, four men were arrested for plotting attacks 
against GOJ officials, tourists and five-star hotels.  In the same 
month, another group was disrupted while plotting to attack liquor 
stores in Amman and foreign tourists in Aqaba. 
 
Terrorists often do not distinguish between U.S. government personnel 
and private citizens.  Terrorists may target areas frequented by 
Westerners, such as tourist sites, hotels, restaurants, bars, 
nightclubs, liquor stores, shopping malls, transportation hubs, 
places of worship, expatriate residential areas, and schools.  In 
light of these security concerns, U.S. citizens are urged to maintain 
a high level of vigilance, to be aware of their surroundings, and to 
take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  It is 
especially important for travelers to be unpredictable by varying 
their times and routes and to maintain a low profile.  Moreover, U.S. 
citizens are urged to avoid contact with any suspicious or unfamiliar 
objects and to immediately report the presence of such objects to the 
authorities. U.S. Government personnel overseas have been advised to 
take the same precautions. 
 
Anti-American and anti-Western sentiment exists in Jordan and has 
been sparked on occasion by incidents in the region, particularly 
those related to Israeli/Palestinian issues and, to a lesser extent, 
Iraq.  This may lead to random acts of violence against Westerners. 
On September 4, 2006, a gunman fired on foreigners at a popular 
tourist site in central Amman, killing one and injuring six. 
 
Travelers are advised to avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings 
of people.  Many demonstrations occur near mosques after Friday 
prayers.  Consequently, special sensitivity and caution should be 
exercised at or near mosques and religious sites during holy days and 
the Friday Muslim Sabbath.  Demonstrations also often take place at 
universities and refugee camps. 
 
Crime is generally not a serious problem for travelers in Jordan, but 
petty crime is prevalent in the downtown Amman Hashimiyah Square area 
and near the Roman Amphitheater.  In the narrow streets of the older 
parts of the city center, crowded conditions invite pickpockets and 
other petty criminals.  Travelers are urged to be more guarded in 
these areas so that they do not present easy opportunities for 
criminals. 
 
In central and west Amman, there have been reports of thieves 
snatching pedestrians' purses from moving vehicles and then driving 
off.  In some instances, victims were injured when they were unable 
to free themselves from their purses.  When carrying a purse, it 
would be wise to conceal it if possible, to avoid walking near the 
road within reach of passing vehicles, and to walk against the flow 
of traffic. 
 
Jordanian police have warned the public to exercise vigilance when 
leaving banks or ATM machines, as thieves have reportedly preyed upon 
persons soon after using these services. 
 
Western women both visiting and residing in Jordan report sexual 
harassment, stalking, and unwelcome advances of a sexual nature; 
there have been isolated reports of assault.  Women are advised to 
take reasonable precautions including dressing conservatively and not 
traveling alone.  Modest attire should be worn in deference to local 
custom. 
 
¶10. (U) TRAVEL GUIDELINES: American citizens and official visitors 
traveling in Jordan should exercise caution, be alert, and stay 
informed of regional and local events that could quickly impact the 
security environment in the country.  It is also recommended to 
maintain a low profile and not establish predictable patterns of 
movement, even if only visiting for a short period.  Yellow taxis are 
widely used throughout the country and for the most part without 
adverse incidents occurring.  Still, there have been confirmed 
reports of single females being assaulted or verbally harassed by 
taxi drivers.  The Embassy Internet website has a list of radio 
controlled taxi companies that the Government of Jordan has advised 
us vet their drivers at 
http://amman.usembassy.gov/int_dev/taxi_list. pdf. 
 
For further information, see the State Department's Consular 
Information Sheet for Jordan at http://www.travel.state.gov, click 
the "Travel Information by Country" hyperlink to get the most recent 
Public Announcements on Travel in the Middle East and South Asia and 
the most recent Worldwide Caution. 
 
Visit Amman's Classified Web Site at 
http://www.state.gov.sgov.gov/p/nea/amman/ 
 
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