Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Jordan extend suspension of international passenger flights through July 24 due to COVID-19; 2359-0600 curfew in effect.
- Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 09:29 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 31 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business and travel disruptions
Authorities in Jordan have extended the suspension of international passenger 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 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The nationwide nightly curfew has been shortened to 2359-0600. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.
Other measures that were eased by the government beginning 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.