Jordan closes the King Hussein Bridge border crossing from March 9 until further notice. Further travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 09 Mar 2020 21:24 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 9
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Jordanian authorities announced the closure of the Jordanian side of the King Hussein Bridge border crossing with the West Bank from March 9 until further notice. Israeli authorities confirmed the West Bank side of the crossing remains open. The Jordanian closure followed confirmation by the Palestinian Authority that the number of cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the West Bank had risen to 25.

Jordanian 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.

Jordanian authorities 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 a mandatory quarantine for two weeks. Additionally, Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) have suspended flights between Amman and Rome, Italy, until further notice.

The World Health Organization 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 traveling 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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