Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Jordan announced July 21, a list of pre-approved countries that can resume commercial flights to Amman beginning in August.
- Alert Begins: 22 Jul 2020 12:59 AM UTC
- Alert Expires: 31 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business and travel disruptions
Jordanian authorities announced July 21, a list of pre-approved countries that can resume commercial flights to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) from August. Officials did not specify a precise date for the resumption of flights but stated that flights could start as early as the first or second week of the month. The pre-approved list of countries includes Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. Authorities may alter the list of countries depending on the evolution of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Authorities also announced procedures for the resumption of international passenger travel at airports. Passengers must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival to Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until they have received their test result. Non-Jordanian citizens will be required to provide proof of active health insurance for the duration of their stay. Furthermore, all arrivals will be required to provide personal details to authorities, download the government's COVID-19 app, and verify that they were in a pre-approved country in the 14 days before their arrival.
Officials initially suspended commercial flights, March 17, when they closed the country's borders and airports to international passenger travel. The government has extended the suspension of commercial flights through at least July 24. The measure does not apply to emergency, repatriation, and cargo flights.
Officials, however, have eased some restrictions related to COVID-19. Authorities shortened the nationwide nightly curfew to 2359-0600. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.
Other measures that were eased by the government since June 6 include:
- Travel between governorates has resumed.
- Shops are permitted to operate from 0600-2300.
- Hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites have reopened nationwide.
- Sporting events are allowed to resume without spectators.
- Mosques and churches can open for regular prayer services.
- Public transportation may operate at 50-percent capacity.
COVID-19 restrictions that remain in effect include:
- Residents are required to wear face coverings and gloves in public.
- Jordan's land and sea borders remain closed to passenger travel.
- Public gatherings of over 20 people are prohibited.
- Residents over the age of 70 and those with chronic illnesses are banned from travel.
- Wedding halls, cinemas, public parks, universities, and schools remain closed until further notice.
Background and Analysis
Jordan's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to the actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.