Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Jordan gradually easing coronavirus-related restrictions. Nightly curfew shortened to 0100-0600 starting July 22 .
- Alert Begins: 22 Jul 2020 09:32 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
Jordanian authorities are continuing to gradually ease the kingdom's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. The government has shortened the country's nationwide nightly curfew by one hour as of July 22. The curfew had originally been in effect 2359-0600; new curfew hours are 0100-0600. Additionally businesses nationwide may now remain open until 2359 daily. Medical personnel and other essential workers are exempt from the curfew.
The government has extended the existing suspension of commercial flights through at least July 24; the measure does not apply to emergency, repatriation, or cargo flights. Nevertheless, starting in August, international commercial flights from certain "pre-approved" countries to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) may resume; authorities have as yet announced no specific date on which the flights will restart. The list of pre-approved 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 COVID-19 activity over the coming weeks.
Authorities have also announced other procedures for the resumption of international passenger air travel. Passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their flight and must undergo another test upon arrival in Jordan. No passenger may leave the airport until receiving his/her test result. Non-Jordanian citizens will be required to provide proof of current health insurance for the duration of their stays. 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 over the 14 days before their arrival.
Other restrictions that the government has gradually eased since early June include:
- Travel between governorates has resumed.
- 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.