Travelers heading to Jordan should note that it has revised its entry requirements for incoming travelers. Passengers arriving into the country no longer have to quarantine for seven days, but there are still regulations in place.
The country closed its borders and international airports in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. It reopened its borders to visitors from selected countries on 5 August, emerging from one of the strictest lockdowns in the Middle East. Tourism is very important to the country as it makes up nearly 15% of Jordan’s GDP, employing about 100,000 people. The country welcomed 5.3m visitors in 2019, which was a record high.
Under the new rules, travelers have to produce proof of a valid negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, and passengers above five years of age have to undergo another mandatory PCR test upon arrival in Jordan. This test is at passengers’ own expense and costs JD28 ($40), and the fee is currently collected by the airline upon checking in at the passengers' point of departure.
The country has delighted visitors for centuries with friendly towns and desert landscapes, and the ancient city of Petra is the jewel in its crown. Petra is one of the world's most treasured Unesco Heritage Sites, and it took the top spot in Lonely Planet's 2020 book, Ultimate Travel List. Masks are mandatory at the site, and visitors must adhere to distancing guidelines. Other attractions include access to the Dead Sea and the deserts near Wadi Rum, which featured in the 1962 movie, Lawrence of Arabia.
Further information can be found on the Visit Jordan website here.
This article was originally published on 3 August 2020 and updated on 1 February 2021.
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