Coronavirus updates in Jordan and the region

                                           

Last updated on August 11, 2020.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has awarded Jordan the “Safe Travels Stamp” thanks to the country’s health safety protocols that were deemed to be in line with the Council’s standards, which makes Jordan a safe destination for Travel & Tourism. We welcome such decision and hope to receive your visit when possible!

The Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) has informed that airports in Jordan will reopen with flights to "green countries", whose epidemiological situation is labeled as "low risk". The list includes: Austria; Canada; China; Cyprus; Denmark; Estonia; Georgia; Germany; Greenland; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Malaysia; Malta; New Zealand; Norway; Switzerland; Taiwan; Thailand; Monaco. The list of green countries is changing and is updated every 14 days according to their respective epidemiological situation, said the Ministry of Health. All arrivals in Jordan will be tested at the airport and visitors will not be able to leave until they have received their results.

Mandatory procedures for travellers wishing to enter Jordan will include a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers travelling from a red or orange status country must transit through a green status country for a 14-day period before travelling onwards to Jordan. However, reopening airports has been postponed until further notice.

Stay safe

On March 2nd, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Jordan, our staff started to work from their homes. Since the last week of June, we are gradually resuming activities in our new office in Amman. We are all experiencing challenging and uncertain times, in which the situation rapidly evolves and plans need to be adapted.

We strongly encourage our customers to postpone the holidays booked with us. Jordan is a beautiful country and we look forward to welcoming you with the best service. Clients that have booked their holidays through our website may change the dates of their trip. A voucher of the same value of the services purchased will be provided, and this credit will be available up until 12 months after the notification date.

Furthermore, we would like to reinforce the importance of social distancing at the moment, to slow the propagation of the novel coronavirus. Up to date information about the number of cases globally is available here on a daily basis. 

Remember to wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and practice respiratory hygiene. Check out the basic protective measures against the novel coronavirus that the World Health Organisation recommends.

In order to keep our costumers and friends updated during these challenging times, the most recent news about the effects of the pandemic in some of our destinations in the Middle East can be found below:

Jordan
Since mid-March the border crossings between Jordan and neighbouring countries have been closed; since March 17, all flights to and from Jordan have been suspended. There have been occasional non-commercial flights organized by embassies to evacuate their citizens, and the Jordanian government has repatriated thousands of citizens stranded abroad.

Since the closures were announced in mid-March, thousands of people that arrived to Jordan have been placed in quarantine at hotels in Amman and the Dead Sea. Most of them have already been discharged.

The situation in Jordan is under control thanks to the measures implemented by the government since the beginning of the crisis. The lockdown imposed in the whole country was lifted on June 06, and now citizens can move freely between governorates from 6h to 1h. Religious activities have been resumed as well, and worshippers must respect the safety measures in place. However, cinemas, wedding halls and other venues that promote large gatherings remain closed. Schools  worked with distance learning programmes until the end of the academic year.

Jordan has recorded 1,252 cases of COVID-19 infections (60 active) and 11 deaths, as of August 11. 


Oman
All border crossing points via land, sea and air are closed since March 17 to all individuals except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. All individuals entering Oman will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Normal air traffic is not likely to be resumed soon via Muscat International Airport due to the current global health crisis.

Omani authorities have banned social, sports, cultural and recreational activities; mosques are closed, except for the call for prayer. The country has expanded the lockdown to other governorates other than Muscat.

The Minister of Health has reinforced that treatment for coronavirus is offered free of charge to all expatriate patients and that no infected expatriate will be asked to show his/her type of residency during diagnosis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Oman has registered 81,787 cases of the novel coronavirus and 513 deaths, as of August 11.


Lebanon
As of August 10, the country has registered  6,517 cases of COVID-19 and 76 deaths. Lebanon has reopened Rafik Hariri International Airport in early July. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and obliged to practice home quarantine if testing positive, according to government sources. 


Israel/Palestine
People who return to Israel from anywhere in the world may be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a center established by the government. Airport and border crossings have been closed until further notice. As of August 10, Israel has registered 82,416 cases and 598 deaths due to COVID-19. The country is gradually easing its restrictions measures, opening parks, restaurants, nurseries, schools and business, but citizens must observe the sanitary instructions.

As of August 10, 18,651 cases and 103 deaths have been recorded in Palestine (in Gaza and in the West Bank). The Palestinian Authority has imposed restrictions over the West Bank, stopping non essential travel between governorates, and closing schools and shops.


Sources: World Health Organisation (WHO), Petra News Agency (Jordan’s State Agency), Oman News Agency (ONA), Reuters, Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, Roya News.