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Like most countries in the world, Jordan has not been saved from the coronavirus. After the worldwide spread of the pandemic in early/mid-March, Jordan has been one of the countries with the strictest safety measures worldwide. The country has gone through a complete lockdown, followed by a progressive ease of the restrictions during summer month. Until early August, the amount of people infected with the coronavirus was low: there were only about 1,200 recorded cases and 11 deaths, as per the figures dating early August 2020 (Source: WHO).
With a promising trend and corona cases seeming to decrease around the world, the Jordanian government announced the reopening of borders on July 21st. Tourists were welcome starting on August 5th. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) declared Jordan a safe country and honored it with the Safe Travel Stamp, issued by the WTTC. Tourists were assured that Jordan is both safe and taking comprehensive health precautions.
Coronavirus in Jordan: Update August 2020
After the reopening of the borders in early August, the worldwide situation stayed tense. Probably due to strict entry requirements for Jordan, quarantine rules upon return imposed by many countries, tourists stayed away. A large amount of scheduled flights got cancelled.
Coronavirus in Jordan: Update November 2020
While Jordan has done a great job keeping the corona pandemic under control, things have changed drastically since late October 2020. With its 10 million inhabitants, Jordan has recorded over 104,000 cases in total, with 1,136 deaths and over 5,000 new cases every day (data as per November 7th, 2020, source: worldometers.info/coronavirus).
Ismail Matalka, the former dean of the school of medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology, believes that Jordan is now witnessing the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, while having “cluster cases” until now, according to The Guardian.
The WHO has rated Jordan’s healthcare system as one of the least prepared in the Middle East to fight a coronavirus outbreak. With a low capacity in both PCR testing and medical supplies, the UAE has sent several planes to Jordan. Until November 7th, three aid planes with a total of 27.4 tonnes of medical supplies containing testing kits and ventilators were sent to Jordan, as stated by ARN News Centre. The UAE has set up one of the worlds largest aid programs in response to the global covid-19 pandemic.
As of November 2020, traveling to Jordan for non-essential purposes is not advised.
Don’t Cancel, Postpone!
While traveling during the pandemic isn’t advised, we all hope that we’ll be able to travel the world again soon. Till then, why not plan your roundtrip to Jordan? Jordan is a small country with a rich variety of culture and history, a real treat for visitors from all around the world. Visit the ancient city of Petra, trace the footsteps of the Nabataeans, Romans and Crusaders, hike through breathtaking landscapes or simply relax at the Dead Sea. Whether you prefer recreation, culture or adventure, you will have an amazing and unforgettable time in Jordan. Information on sights, activities, cuisine, transportation, maps and many useful travel tips can be found in the Welcome2Jordan travel guide.
Till then, stay home, stay safe. We hope to welcome you to Jordan again soon!
Please note that the information below, regarding green countries and entry requirements, refers to the situation before the latest corona outbreak since late October. Depending on future developments of the virus worldwide, these might become valid again.
Green Countries (as per August 2020)
Jordan released a list of green countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter the country beginning August 5th. From this date on, regular flights will be available again. The list currently includes the following nations:
- New Zealand
Note: This list is not final and may be updated at anytime!
The Jordanian government will permit entry to the country if you have been physically present in one of the green countries for 14 days before your arrival. The government strictly enforces these regulations and imposes fines of up to JOD 10.000 (about $ 14,200 / € 12.000) for violations!
Entry Requirements for Jordan (as per August 2020)
Even before the reopening of borders, strict rules and measures were announced by the Jordanian government in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, accompanied by a further closure of the borders. To date, Jordan has recorded just 1,187 cases (127 of which are active) and 11 deaths (as of July 29th, 2020, source: Worldometers.info/coronavirus). The entry regulations for tourists are very strict. When planning your trip, it is very important to follow the protocols currently in place per the Jordan Ministry of Transport:
- PCR Test: All travellers must provide a negative PCR test (polymerase chain reaction). This test must not be older than 72 hours and costs about $ 70 / €59.00.
- Health declaration: All tourists must complete an online health declaration 24 hours before their departure. The form is expected to cost JOD 40 ($ 57 / €48).
- Corona test on arrival: Upon arrival at the airport in Jordan, all passengers are tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is mandatory and results are delivered to the traveller at the airport.
- Travel health insurance: All travellers to Jordan must provide proof of travel health insurance for the duration of their stay.
In addition to the new Covid-19 travel restrictions, make sure to learn more about visa and travel documents. Many nationalities are eligible to receive a visa at the airport upon arrival in Jordan. Read more about visa and entry requirements (before and after Covid-19).
Disclaimer: Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, entry requirements are subject to change at any time. While this article exclusively uses official sources, accuracy at time of travel cannot be guaranteed. If you have any questions regarding entry requirements, please contact your local Jordanian Embassy.