Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Jordan to resume international commercial flights Sept. 8. Curfew announced from 2300 Sept. 3-2300 Sept. 4. in Amman and Zarqa Governorates.
Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 10:00 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 will resume international commercial flights at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) beginning Sept. 8. Authorities have classified countries according to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity, with green denoting low activity, yellow denoting moderate activity, and red denoting high activity. Instructions for travelers will vary according to the classification of their country of origin. Authorities have not announced the country classifications.
All travelers must have spent the 14 days prior to travel in the country that they are departing from and will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight. Travelers will be tested again at their own expense upon arrival in Jordan. Travelers arriving from green countries will be required to self-quarantine at home for a week. Travelers arriving from yellow countries will be transferred to a government-run quarantine facility for one week; another COVID-19 test will be conducted on the fifth or sixth day of quarantine. Travelers arriving from red countries will also be transferred to a government-run quarantine facility for one week and will have another COVID-19 test conducted on the fifth or sixth day of quarantine. Travelers arriving from red countries will be required to self-quarantine at home for a week after quarantining in a government-run facility. Travelers who do not present a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of travel will be quarantined at a government-run facility for two weeks.
Authorities will implement a curfew from 2300 Sept. 3-2300 Sept. 4 in Amman and Zarqa Governorates due to an increase in COVID-19 activity in those areas. All nonessential movement throughout those governorates will be prohibited for the duration of the measure. 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 curfews. Across the country, protective face coverings and gloves are mandatory while in public places; violators may be subject to fines.
Beginning 0600 Sept. 2, authorities imposed 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.
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.