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Security Alert: Jordan, Curfew Implemented

 

Country-Specific Information:  

 

On October 6, 2020, the Government of Jordan announced it will impose a weekly, nationwide comprehensive curfew every Friday at 1:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Sunday.  On October 1, restaurants and other businesses re-opened operations but will be subject to the scheduled comprehensive curfew.  Dine-in service at restaurants is only available to customers who have installed the Aman.jo tracking app on their phones.  Jordan resumed religious services that occur outside of curfew hours.  The Government of Jordan continues to implement social distancing regulations and mandatory mask wearing in business establishments, public transportation, and government facilities due to COVID-19.  Jordan restricts gatherings to 20 people.  Delivery services for food and public transportation remain available during non-curfew hours. Access to emergency health services remains available.  

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:  

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.   

U.S. citizens entering Jordan must meet the following conditions to enter the country:    

  • Have valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of their intended visit. This does not apply to those with Jordanian nationality.    

  • Complete and submit a passenger health declaration form found at visitjordan.gov.jo, including proof of a negative PCR test.    

  • Pay 40 JOD in advance for a PCR test conducted on arrival in Amman.    

  • Receive a QR code 24 hours prior to boarding the flight.    

  • Present proof of a negative PCR test before boarding the flight.    

  • Install the Aman.jo tracking app on a mobile device.    

  • There has been no announcement from the Government of Jordan about the opening of the land borders with Israel and the West Bank.    

 

Movement Restrictions:  

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.   

On October 6, the Government of Jordan announced it will impose a weekly nationwide comprehensive curfew on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 01:00 am Friday until 01:00 a.m. Sunday.  As with previous comprehensive curfews, the Government of Jordan prohibits anyone from moving outside the home during this period.    

 

The Jordanian National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) on October 14 announced excepted individuals to the weekly nationwide comprehensive curfew.  Exceptions include:    

  • Individuals going to the airport.  A copy of the travel ticket must be present.  Only one travel companion may transport the traveler to the airport.   

  • Patients released from hospitals and the Dead Sea quarantine area with discharge papers.     

  • Medical personnel in the public and private sectors.      

  • Individuals who have cancer treatment or are on dialysis.  

  • Citizens traveling to countries that require a PCR test.  If the test must be conducted during the two days of lockdown, the traveler must request a test from an accredited laboratory that has a movement permit to conduct the test at the traveler’s home.  

  • All persons who stay overnight at their place of work.   

In addition to the comprehensive curfew on Fridays and Saturdays, a nightly curfew will remain in effect nationwide from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., and 12:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. for commercial establishments.    

 

Individuals traveling to the airport during the comprehensive curfew must carry their confirmed flight ticket. This also applies to passengers who arrive during curfew hours. Airport taxis will continue to operate.   

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?   

There are no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel during non-curfew hours.  However, all travel is banned during the scheduled curfews. U.S. citizens should be prepared for additional travel restrictions and health precautions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.    

 

Quarantine Information:    

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.    

Non-Jordanian nationals, including U.S. citizens, who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to the Government of Jordan regulations for quarantine.  The Ministry of Health will contact all positive individuals.  Those who test positive and have COVID-19 symptoms will be either sent to a hospital or a Government-operated facility near the Dead Sea.  Others with no symptoms are allowed to quarantine in their homes for the duration of their illness or go to a government hospital if their symptoms are severe.  In the case that a new arrival’s insurance does not cover the complete costs of hospital care for the duration of the illness, the Government of Jordan will return the individual to his or her origin country.    

 

For those arriving in Jordan who test negative for COVID-19, the length of quarantine differs based on a passenger’s country of origin.  A passenger’s location over the preceding 14 days before entry into Jordan will determine his or her country of origin.   

 

The Government of Jordan will update the color-coded country classification list every 14 days, with adjustments based on the epidemiological situations of each country.  A current list of the color-classifications for countries can be found here.     

 

For those traveling to Jordan from red countries, home-quarantine is mandatory for a period of 14 days.  During home quarantine, COVID-19 PCR testing will occur on the seventh and fourteenth days of quarantine.      

 

For those traveling from green and yellow countries, individuals are allowed to quarantine in their homes for one week if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure to Jordan and a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Jordan.      

 

COVID-19 Testing:  

  • There is airport testing upon arrival in Jordan.  A 40 JD payment is required online in advance.  Since October 7, passengers may now leave the airport after testing and go directly to their homes, with results arriving later by text message.     

Transportation Options:  

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.    

Airports in Jordan opened with limited commercial routes on September 8, 2020.  Individuals seeking to book flights to or from Jordan should contact the airlines directly.    

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.    

Masks are required and social distancing practices are in effect for public transportation.  For taxis and app-based methods of transportation, passengers are required to sit in the back seat of the vehicle.    

 

Fines for Non-Compliance:  

  • Travelers violating Jordan’s entry requirements face a 10,000 JD fine.    

  • Individuals violating the social distancing and mask wearing order will be fined between 20 to 50 JD.    

  • Economic establishments will be fined between 100 to 200 JD for COVID-related violations, in addition to a mandatory closure of the establishment for 14 days if they fail to comply with the government’s social distancing and mask wearing orders.     

  • Fines for breaking the nightly or weekend comprehensive curfews will range between 500 to 1,000 JD for first time violations, and up to one-year imprisonment and additional fines for repeated offenses.     

  • A fine of up to 300 JD will be imposed against administrators of hospitals, health centers, or medical laboratories in the event of withholding confirmed COVID-19 infections from competent authorities.     

 

Consular Operations:  

The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit at the U.S. Embassy in Amman is currently providing limited routine passport and citizenship services U.S. citizens in Jordan seeking emergency assistance should email the U.S. Embassy at Amman-ACS@state.gov 

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