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The greeting Welcome to Jordan is again true! On July 21st, the Jordanian government announced the reopening of borders. Tourists will be welcome starting on August 5th. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) declared Jordan a safe country and honored it with the Safe Travel Stamp. Tourists can be assured that Jordan is both safe and taking comprehensive health precautions.
Jordan receives Safe Travel Stamp
The WTTC assigned Jordan the Safe Travel Stamp, a security stamp for exceptional health protocols. Tourist facilities such as hotels, restaurants, airports, public transports, diving centers, etc. were deemed compliant with the WTTC protocols. In addition, Jordan’s Ministery of Health has a issued detailed plan about actual reopenings, restrictions and regulations.
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 before and after Jordan’s official reopening.
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
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).
Prepare Your Trip to Jordan
A great holiday experience now just requires a few extra precautions! 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.
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.