Jordan borders open after Coronavirus
Jordan is open for tourism and has been since September 8th. Queen Alia International Airport is operating with regular flight arrivals. The government has established categories to identify the risk of visitors from each country. Green and yellow listed countries must self isolate for 7 days on arrival. Visitors from red listed countries will be required to self isolate for 14 days. Visitors will undergo temperature checks and coronavirus testing requirements will be in place.
Find the key details with links to the most in focus information:
COVID 19 Jordan Summary:
- Dates? Commercial flight have been operating since September 8th. Green and yellow visitors are required to self isolate for 7 days, red visitors must isolate for 14 days. Country category lists are reviewed fortnightly.
- Which countries? Government list of green, yellow and red countries visitors can travel from – full list here.
- Requirements? Entry requirements include a negative coronavirus PCR test from within 120 hours of flight to Jordan – full list of 6 requirements listed below
- Isolation or Quarantine? Visitors should arrange transport and accommodation for self isolation. Link for full requirements to self isolate.
- Which borders? Flights arriving to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. Land borders remain closed.
- Airlines and routes? Flights are gradually increasing with connections to green countries and other major hubs.
- Local Transmission? Jordan is experiencing local transmissions but is taking practical measures to control the spread – outlined with data below.
Important recent updates:
- Green countries are now required to self isolate for 7 days
- Red countries face 14 days isolation but no longer required to wear tracking bracelet
- Testing will be performed on the 7th and 14th day of isolation
- Passengers are not permitted to transit at Jordan airports
- International flights have begun to arrive at Aqaba airport
Jordan had a very low rates of coronavirus infection when the initial global pandemic escalated. The government enforced strict measures to prevent people entering the country throughout the height of the pandemic. All borders in the country remained closed from March 17 until September 8. King Hussein announced that with Jordan’s strong performance handling the pandemic, it offered an appealing destination for post coronavirus travel. Further enhancing the reputation Jordan has established as the safest destination in the Middle East.
Current COVID situation in Jordan
Jordan has reopened Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Land borders to both Israel and Saudi Arabia, which maintain significantly higher rates of transmission remain closed. The government has categorised countries by risk and applied restrictions for travelling to Jordan accordingly. Visitors must show a negative coronavirus PCR result at check-in for their flight taken within 120 hours. Jordan intends to provide a safe environment where visitors can travel without risk of contracting the virus.
Jordan has a low rate of coronavirus relative to the global outbreak. Throughout the pandemic Jordan has combined a strong systemic response with extensive testing. Jordan has continued to perform testing on a portion of their population comparable to many European nations. In relative terms Jordan continues to have very low total cases and deaths. When adjusted for population Jordan shows above average testing and below average incidence and death. This reflects the effective handling of the pandemic by the government. When Jordan is compared statistically to other countries it shows that it is a relatively safe alternative.
See Ministry of Health live rate of transmission and recovery. This site includes situation updates and official government reporting on the coronavirus situation. The data reflects the transmission rates across Jordan and shows that the country has had significant lower rates of infection and mortality adjusted for its population.
Jordan has minimal restrictions in place:
- free movement around the entire country without restriction
- public and private transportation is fully operational
- restaurants are open with normal working hours up until 24:00 excluding Friday
- social gatherings of up to 20 people
Opening of Jordan’s International Airport in Amman
Jordan’s Amman airport is open from September 8th. We are looking forward to welcome tourists again! As the situation in the world is still not under control, countries will be put into three different categories: Green, Yellow and Red. Based on which country you are departing from, there are entry procedures for each category.
To travel to Jordan, you must show which country you have been in the past 14 days. Therefore it is important to understand that this country lists are relevant to where you have been in the past 14 days rather than your nationality on your passport.
As this situation will continue to evolve please contact the consular representation of Jordan in your country to confirm the latest advise relevant to you.
Follow these simple steps when you travel to Jordan
Minimum requirements for all visitors:
- Prove your location and relevant category country for a minimum of 14 days prior to departure. Further details below.
- Have proof of valid travel insurance for Jordan.
- Provide results of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 120 hours prior to departure. Children under 5 years are exempt.
- Complete an online declaration within 24 hours of departure. The cost is JOD40, which includes the COVID-19 test on arrival.
- Download the AMAN app (apple/android) before boarding. This is the government supported safety app.
- At arrival in the airport, travellers will undergo thermal screening and a COVID-19 PCR test which is part of the cost of health declaration form. Children up to 5 years are exempt.
Proof of stay in country prior to departure
To confirm relevant period of self isolation, visitors travelling from countries will need to prove that they have resided in that country for at least 14 days prior to departure. Evidence can include credit card transactions, accommodation and other receipts, etc. These transactions should issued to or charged against a bank card in the name of the traveller. Passport holders and residents of the country of departure should prepare appropriate proof that they remained in the country for minimum 14 days prior to departure.
Visitors transiting through higher risk countries will be effected by the higher isolation requirements.
Currently passengers are not able to transit through airports in Jordan.
Extra Covid-19 safety measures
The airport has made the necessary arrangement to welcome travellers back. 11 units for virus testing as well as 22 labs have been set up. The capacity is for 250 tests per hour, to ensure a quick turnaround. The process is established to provide test results within 2-3 hours. After confirming a negative result, travellers can leave the airport and start to enjoy their travels!
All travellers from Yellow and Red countries will follow the same procedure as travellers from Green countries, given they can prove that they have been spending time in a Green country for a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival in Jordan.
Where can I download the Coronavirus app for Jordan?
Links for the app below for Android and iTunes. Airlines will check each passenger on check in so please ensure that you have the application downloaded prior to departure.
Jordan Coronavirus Developments Timeline
March 2 – First Coronavirus case recorded in Jordan
March 14 – Announcement that borders will close in 3 days
March 17 – All external borders closed
March 22 – Jordan implements curfews and nationwide lockdown
April 19 – Southern states reopen after 10 days of no new cases
April 29 – Lockdowns lifted nationwide on weekdays
May 4 – Jordan has 1 week with no new local transmissions
May 6 – Saudi truck driver introduced new outbreak
May 8 – Jordan operates flights to repatriate students from abroad
July 21 – King Hussein announces Jordan borders will reopen to international tourism in August
July 23 – Jordan announces list of countries eligible to enter without quarantine
August 4 – Border reopening postponed
September 2 – Border opening announced for September 8th
September 3 – Lists of Green, Orange and Red countries released
September 8 – First commercial flight arrives after reopening
September 15 – First low cost airline due to arrive
September 22 – End of institutional quarantine
September 27 – Jordan ends the use of tracking bracelets
October 21 – Country category lists expanded to include all countries
How Arabian Nights limits the spread of Covid 19
The year of 2020 is not as anyone could have imagined. At Arabian Nights we had spent the winter building our new luxury ensuite rooms. We anticipated welcoming new guests at the end of February. However, as we all know, Covid-19 started spreading rapidly in Europe and many travel plans required rescheduling from early March.
As are a traditional Bedouin camp, many of the facilities are shared spaces and guests should be mindful of this when travelling to Wadi Rum. We are proud of the facilities we offer and feel that we are amongst the best offerings in Jordan. Additionally, we prioritise a cultural exchange for our visitors and we feel this is an equally important part of our offering. Given the low incidence of virus transmission in Jordan and the strict measures in place for those entering the country, we feel that we can safely operate with confidence.
We have luxury tents which have private bathrooms and are safely distanced from the rest of the camp for visitors who desire to take extra precautions. We remain aware of the ongoing concern related to Covid-19 transmission. As such we ensure all areas are thoroughly clean and are conscious of interaction with guests. We are also providing alcohol disinfectant and encourage all guests to regularly use it to minimise any chances of transmission.
Prepare for your visit!
With high interest in Jordan as a travel destination, when to visit is normally a major consideration for visitors. Due to limited flights operating and few nations permitted to enter without quarantine, it provides a great opportunity for visitors who want to avoid the usual autumn crowds. Flights to Amman are the only current access point for visitors.
If you feel there is other relevant information that is not accurately reflected on this page please contact us and we will update it accordingly.