Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Jordan suspends all flights to and from the country starting March 17 to stem spread of COVID-19. Further travel restrictions likely.

This alert affects Jordan

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 16:42 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 17
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; business disruptions, health screenings; increased immigration wait times

Summary
Jordanian officials introduced a series of preventative measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 14. Jordan will suspend all flights to and from the Kingdom as well as closing all its land borders and seaports from March 17 until further notice; the restriction excludes some diplomatic flights and cargo shipments. Authorities will also close schools and universities for two weeks, suspend collective prayers, including mid-day Friday prayers, at mosques and churches. Additionally, Jordan will cancel all major sporting events and shut movie theaters and tourist sites for a period of two weeks.

Authorities previously announced that they would bar entry to travelers from Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, and Iraq March 10. Jordan has closed its border crossings with Israel, the West Bank, and its seaports to shipping from Egypt.

Authorities have also already banned travel to Lebanon and Syria and will ban travel to France, Germany, and Spain, starting March 16.

Authorities announced a series of measures March 8 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Jordan will temporarily suspend visas for expatriate workers and foreign students. Jordan has also decided to suspend foreign school trips as well as the travel of government staff abroad.

Officials have barred entry to foreigners traveling from China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Jordanian citizens who are returning from these countries will be permitted to enter but will be placed under mandatory quarantine for two weeks. Additionally, Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) has suspended flights between Amman and the Italian city of Rome until further notice.

The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Jordan. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

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.