Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Jordan gradually ease coronavirus disease-related restrictions; nightly curfew shortened to 0200-0600 from July 30.
- Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 04:40 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 are continuing to gradually ease the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions; the government has shortened the nationwide nightly curfew by one hour as of July 30. The curfew had previously been in effect 0100-0600; new curfew hours are 0200-0600. Businesses nationwide may now remain open until 0100 daily. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.
Authorities in Jordan previously announced that international commercial flights from certain approved countries will resume at airports nationwide beginning Aug. 5. The countries on the approved travel list, which the government in Amman has compiled based on COVID-19 activity data, are 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 update or change the list of countries depending on the evolution of disease activity over the coming weeks.
Travelers arriving from one of the approved countries must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival in Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until receiving a negative test result. Foreign nationals will be required to provide proof of current 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 mobile application, and verify that they had stayed in one of the approved countries for at least 14 days prior to their arrival.
The following restrictions have been eased:
- Non-essential travel between governorates is 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 have resumed operations at 50-percent capacity.
The following restrictions remain in effect:
- Everyone must wear protective face coverings and gloves in public.
- Jordan's land and sea borders remain closed to passenger travel.
- Public gatherings of more than 20 people remain 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.
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.