JORDAN RESUMES REGULAR COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS
Jordan will Tuesday open its skies for regular international flights after a six-months lull prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
A Fly Jordan charter flight with 140 passengers on board will be the first to land in Amman at 06:45 this evening coming from Turkey, which was classified green by the government, sources told Petra on Tuesday.
Two more flights, one charter and one regular, will also arrive from Turkey later tonight, the sources added.
Jordan has recently released a color-based classification of countries from which to receive flights. The green-yellow-red classification is based on the epidemiological situation of each country.
The green-listed countries include Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Tunisia.
Arrivals from these countries are required to prove they have spent the last 14 days in them prior to their travel to Jordan.
They are also required to provide a negative PCR test conducted 72 hours before their departure to the Kingdom. Additionally, upon arrival at the Kingdom’s airports, the travelers will have to undergo a PCR test at their own expense and wait for the result at the airport.
If the test result is negative and it is proven the passenger has not come into contact with a confirmed infection during the flight, they will be allowed entry to the Kingdom.
If the test results of arrivals from green-listed countries come back positive, they will be dealt with according to the set health protocol and will be rushed to hospital where they will be required to pay for their treatment costs.
Moreover, travelers will also have to provide a special medical insurance policy.
The contacts of a confirmed case travelling on the same flight will have the option to return home or be quarantined for 7 days before they are retested on the seventh day.
According to the classification, the contact of a confirmed infection on the same airplane is defined as the person who tested negative for the virus and was sitting two seats or rows away from the confirmed case. The same applies to cabin crews.
With regard to countries in the yellow category, which includes Algeria, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and the UAE, travelers will be required to provide a PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to the arrival.
They will also be required to spend a 7-day institutional quarantine period after their arrival, and will have PCR tests on the first and seventh day, and will pay for the costs of both tests.
If they test negative on the eighth day, they will have to spend another seven-day home isolation.
According to the classification, Bahrain, Belgium, France, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States of America, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Israel and Romania are listed red.
The rules applying to arrivals from yellow-listed countries will also apply to those arriving from red countries, with the exception that the latter category will be required to wear an electronic bracelet during the isolation period.
Travelers providing incorrect information will face a JD10,000 fine.
Source: Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan