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Jordan reopens to international flights: what you need to know before travelling there

Travellers flying from 15 low-risk destinations can visit freely, but others – including those from the UAE – must quarantine

After a few false starts, Jordan has reopened to international flights.

The country's main airport in Amman resumed international operations on Tuesday, nearly six months after it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

International flights can now land at and depart from Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan's capital, although the airport is operating at a reduced capacity. New safety measures are in place, including compulsory face masks for travellers and staff, and social distancing markers.

A Covid-19 screening laboratory has been installed where all arriving passengers will be tested for the virus. There's also a large waiting area where travellers will have to wait about two to three hours for their test results before they can enter the country. In the departures area, self-service check-in machines have been installed to reduce interaction between passengers and airport staff.

What rules are in place at the airport?

King Abdullah II toured the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on the eve of the resumption of flights. AFP / Jordanian Royal Palace / Yousef ALLAN 
Jordanian King Abdullah II toured the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on the eve of the resumption of flights. AFP

Everyone arriving in Jordan must fill out a travel declaration form, which can be found here. Foreigners must have valid medical insurance for the duration of their stay, which covers coronavirus treatment. All arriving passengers must also install the Aman application for contact tracing purposes.

At the airport, PCR testing is in place for all arriving passengers – citizens and foreigners. This includes all children over the age of five. The test costs 40 Jordanian dinars (Dh200) and is payable online before arriving in the kingdom. Once the fee has been paid, travellers will receive an electronic code, which will be asked for by check-in staff from airlines operating flights to Jordan

Who can travel to Jordan?

Wadi Rum and other tourist attractions in Jordan are ready to welcome travellers again. Unsplash
Wadi Rum and other tourist attractions in Jordan are ready to welcome travellers again. Unsplash

Visa procedures remain as they were pre-Covid, but countries have also been divided into three categories relating to the scale of the coronavirus outbreak in each destination.

The classification is designed as a traffic-light system. Travellers arriving from "green" countries can visit Jordan without the need to quarantine. A negative PCR-test-result taken no more than 72 hours before flight departure time is required, and visitors will be expected to do a second test on arrival in Amman.

For travellers flying to Jordan from countries classified as yellow – which includes the UAE – or red, seven days quarantine is required in a government-approved facility, followed by a further seven days home or hotel quarantine.

People arriving from "red" designated destinations will follow the same rules as those arriving from yellow countries, but will also be given an electric tracking bracelet to wear. The list of countries and their categories will be updated every two weeks and the most recent information can be found here. Travellers from countries not listed in any of the categories cannot currently visit Jordan.

Country classifications are as follows:

Green status countries

Canada, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Tunisia.

Yellow status countries

Algeria, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and the UAE.

Red status countries

Bahrain, Belgium, France, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, UK, Ukraine, USA, Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Which airlines are flying to Jordan?

Royal Jordanian has resumed flights to several destinations. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Royal Jordanian has resumed flights to several destinations. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

According to Queen Alia International Airport’s website, flights from Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey were among the first international services to land in Amman on Tuesday.

Emirates says it resumed daily flights to Jordan on Tuesday, but the first bookable flight to Amman from Dubai is scheduled for Thursday. Etihad is also resuming flights to Amman with services taking flight on Thursday.

Royal Jordanian, the national airline of Jordan, has resumed flights to several destinations including to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Are hotels in Jordan open?

Several hotels in Jordan have already reopened. Courtesy Marriott International
Several hotels in Jordan have already reopened. Courtesy Marriott International

Many hotels in Jordan reopened in July as part of a drive to boost the domestic tourism sector however, some smaller hotels and guesthouses remain closed so it's best to double check.

Travellers hoping to explore ancient Petra or the wilds of Wadi Rum will find that most lodgings in these areas are operating again. In regions populated by Bedouin, tourism is often the main source of income so people are eager to welcome guests again after almost six months without visitors.

Jordan has also been awarded the "Safe Travels" stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council, which recognises it as a safe destination to visit.

What tourist attractions are open in Jordan?

Most tourism destinations are now open with new safety measures in place to protect travellers against the coronavirus.

These include social distancing and increased hygiene practices, as well as preventive measures as stated by the Ministry of Health. All public areas and tourism attractions are now routinely sanitised and people must wear face masks and gloves in public places.

As Jordan continues to battle the coronavirus crisis, cinemas and parks remain closed and public gatherings of more than 20 people are not allowed so don't expect to travel to Jordan to attend a wedding or a concert in the near future.

Updated: September 10, 2020 12:24 AM

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