Jordan bars entry to travelers from West Bank, Israel, Egypt, and Iraq, March 10. Further travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 17:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 10
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Jordanian authorities 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. The travel restrictions are due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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

Authorities previously 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.

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