Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Jordan to resume international commercial flights by mid-September. COVID-19 restrictions on Amman's Al Rabwa neighborhood begin Sept. 2.
Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 08:15 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 announced that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) will resume international commercial flights by mid-September, but did not specify an exact date. The kingdom had initially planned to resume international commercial flights from certain approved countries beginning Aug. 5; however, the resumption was suspended due to concerns regarding the global increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The kingdom continues to operate cargo and repatriation flights.
Beginning 0600 Sept. 2, authorities will impose 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. Authorities lifted similar restrictions on Sept. 1 that had been imposed on the city of Sahab in Amman Governorate from Aug. 25. Authorities are monitoring the epidemiological situation throughout Jordan and will continue to enact localized lockdowns on locations with increased COVID-19 activity.
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 curfew. Across the country, protective face coverings and gloves are mandatory while in public places; violators may be subject to fines.
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:
- Nationwide, individuals are subject to a 2300-0600 nightly curfew.
- 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 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 measures 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.