Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Jordan plan to resume commercial flights with select destinations in Europe and Asia beginning in August.

  • Alert Begins: 16 Jul 2020 08:55 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

Summary
Authorities in Jordan announced that commercial flights between Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) and a limited pre-approved list of destinations throughout Europe and Asia will resume beginning in August. Authorities did not specify a precise date for the resumption of flights but stated that flights could resume as early as the first or second week of the month. Destinations on the pre-approved list will likely include Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Destinations may be added or removed depending on the evolution of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Commercial flights were initially suspended March 17 when authorities closed the country’s borders and airports to international passenger travel. Authorities have 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. 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.

Advice
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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