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 listed countries can enter without quarantine. Yellow and Red countries currently require 2 weeks of quarantine until September 22. From this time visitors will be required to self isolate for 7 days, with red countries required to wear tracking bracelets for the duration of their isolation. Visitors will undergo temperature checks and coronavirus testing requirements will be in place.
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COVID 19 Jordan Summary:
- Dates? Commercial flight have been operating since September 8th. Institutional quarantine for arrivals from yellow and red countries until September 22. Country category lists 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? Green country arrivals that test negative can travel immediately. Yellow and Red countries face quarantine requirements.
- Which borders? flights arriving to Queen Alia International Airport. Land borders remain closed.
- Airlines and routes? Initial week will have limited flights.
- Local Transmission? Jordan has low rate of infection and extensive testing – outlined with data below.
Jordan has a very low rate of coronavirus infection. 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. 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
See Ministry of Health live rate of transmission and recovery. This site includes situation updates and official government reporting on the coronavirus situation.
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 announced a list of low risk green countries that are permitted to travel to Jordan without quarantine or isolation. Visitors must show a negative Covid-19 result at check-in for their flight taken within 72 hours. Jordan intends to provide a safe environment where visitors can travel without risk of contracting the virus.
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
- social gatherings of up to 20 people
Until October 1st:
- Restaurants and cafes will not offer dine in options. All meals will need to be pick up or take away.
- Street markets will be closed
Jordan has one of the lowest incidences of coronavirus around the world, combined with a strong systemic response and extensive testing. With a total of 4131 Jordan has 123rd most cases in the world, despite having a population of over 10 million (87th globally). Furthermore, with only 26 reported deaths, Jordan is 153rd ranked globally. Of the cases recorded, 2415 have recovered leaving 1152 active cases in isolation. Jordan has performed extensive random testing despite the low incidence with 1,033,934 tests performed to date ranking it 55th globally, well above its rate of infection. Ongoing the government is performing over 10,000 tests daily.
Total cases per capita: 0.04% ranked 164th globally
Deaths per capita: 0.0003% ranked 173rd globally
Coronavirus tests per capita: 10.1% ranked 69th globally
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 without need to quarantine, you must be travelling from a green country and have been there for at least 14 days. Therefore it is important to understand that this list is 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 green country prior to departure
To be exempt from quarantine, visitors travelling from green 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.
Green country visitors are not able to transit through yellow or red countries, otherwise they will face quarantine requirements. Additionally passengers can transit through Jordan provided they carry a negative PCR test and have less than 6 hours between flights in Jordan.
Positive Covid-19 test and contact passengers
If your airport Covid-19 test is positive you will be transferred to a hospital for treatment at your own expense. As travel insurance is required for entry it is best to make sure to purchase travel insurance that will cover this.
If you are seated within 2 rows of any passenger who tests positive, you have the option to either leave the country or undergo institutional quarantine for 7 days. You will be retested at the end of your quarantine period.
Additional requirements for yellow and red countries
Until September 22 all arrivals from red and yellow countries will need to undergo 7 day of institutional quarantine prior to the required period of self isolation.
All visitors from yellow countries are required to undergo 7 days of home isolation from the date of their arrival.
All visitors from red countries are required to self isolate for the same 7 day period required for yellow countries. However they are additionally required to wear a tracking bracelet for the duration of their isolation so that adherence can be monitored and any contacts effectively tracked.
***It is only relevant where a visitor has spent the previous 14 days and not the residency or nationality of the person. As such it is acceptable for visitors to travel for 14 days in a green country and then continue traveling in Jordan immediately without quarantine regardless or your nationality or residency***
Quarantine procedure and cost
All visitors required to quarantine can choose from approved hotels that are being used specifically for this purpose. Selected hotels rated 4 star or 5 star are being used. Costs vary depending on the hotel selected with prices starting from JOD85 per day including accommodation and full board.
4 star hotel costs JOD85 per day including full board.
5 star hotel costs JOD102 per day including full board.
***Those requiring quarantine are also required to pay JOD26 for transport.
***The payment requires an additional 2% electronic payment fee.
Travellers from yellow or red countries should pre-book accommodation in the hotel of their choice. The government will release a list of approved hotels for quarantine.
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/Covid-19 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
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.