Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Jordan classifies countries by COVID-19 activity ahead of planned Sept. 8 resumption of international commercial flights.

Alert Begins 03 Sep 2020 07:09 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Authorities in Jordan have established a three-tier color-coded system for classifying foreign countries according to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity as part of preparations for the planned Sept. 8 resumption of international commercial flights at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Under the new system, the green designation denotes that the country has low disease activity; yellow and red designations indicate moderate and high activity, respectively. Instructions for travelers vary according to the classification of their country of origin. The following list of country classifications is valid until Sept. 14, at which point authorities will re-evaluate the COVID-19 activity levels.


  • Green: Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Tunisia


  • Yellow: Algeria, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates


  • Red: Bahrain, Belgium, France, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, Ukraine, the US, Egypt, Sudan, and Yemen


All travelers entering Jordan must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their scheduled flight, as well as proof that they spent the 14 days prior to travel in the country from which they are departing. Travelers will be tested again at their own expense upon arrival in Jordan. Travelers arriving from "green" countries must self-quarantine at their residence or in their accommodations for one week. Those arriving from "yellow" countries will be transferred to a government-run quarantine facility for one week, with another COVID-19 test being conducted on the fifth or sixth day of quarantine. Those testing negative will be released but must self-quarantine at their residence or accommodations for an additional week. Travelers arriving from "red" countries will undergo the same procedures as those from yellow countries; however, they will be required to wear an electronic bracelet during the home quarantine period. Travelers who test positive or who fail to present the requisite negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival will be quarantined at a government-run facility for two weeks. These measures apply all persons arriving in the country, including those entering at land border crossings.

Authorities will implement a curfew from 2300 Sept. 3-2300 Sept. 4 in Amman and Zarqa Governorates due to an increase in COVID-19 activity in those areas. All nonessential movement throughout those governorates will be prohibited for the duration of the measure. A nightly 2300-0600 curfew remains in effect nationwide until further notice. Businesses nationwide are permitted to operate from 0600-2200 daily. Medical workers and other essential personnel are exempt from the curfews. Across the country, protective face coverings and gloves are mandatory while in public places; violators may be subject to fines.

Beginning 0600 Sept. 2, authorities imposed additional restrictions on Amman's Al Rabwa neighborhood due to a localized increase in COVID-19 cases. Until further notice, travel in and out of the affected area will be prohibited except for the transport of essential goods. Schools, parks, markets, and places of worship will close in Al Rabwa. Vehicular travel will be prohibited; however, residents may travel within the neighborhood on foot. On Sept. 1, authorities lifted similar restrictions that had been in force in the city of Sahab, Amman Governorate, since Aug. 25. Authorities are monitoring the epidemiological situation throughout Jordan and will continue to enact localized lockdowns on locations with increased COVID-19 activity.

Officials have eased the following restrictions:


  • Nonessential travel between governorates is now permitted.


  • Hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites nationwide have resumed operations.


  • Sporting events have resumed; however, spectators are not permitted at this time.


  • Mosques, churches, and other houses of worship are open for prayer.


  • Public transportation has resumed operations at 50-percent capacity.


The following restrictions remain in effect:


  • A nationwide nightly 2300-0600 curfew is in force nationwide.


  • Public gatherings of more than 20 people remain prohibited.


  • Residents over the age of 70 and those with chronic illnesses are not allowed to travel.


  • Wedding halls, cinemas, public parks, universities, and schools remain closed until further notice.


Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
Jordan's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to those taken by other governments 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.

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