Jordan to Reopen Airports

Life in Jordan

Jordan is reopening its airports for commercial flights from next month. On Thursday, it confirmed to partially restart commercial flights from August. However, it is resuming operations for a few European and Asian countries. It is following an internationally approved safe list.

Government spokesman Amjad Adailah said the flights were suspended since March. But from the first or second week of August, regular commercial flights from Alia international airport will be resumed.

Safe Countries List

The country has a list of safe countries from where travelers can visit Jordan. The safe country list includes travelers from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Passengers from these countries can visit Jordan. However, they will add more countries to this list depending on the situation of coronavirus in those countries.

Whereas Gulf countries, where tens of thousands of Jordanians live and work are not on the list so far, Adailah added. Some have seen a surge in coronavirus infections recently.

Repatriation Flights

There were about 20,000 citizens stranded in through Gulf, the United States, and Europe.  Due to closure of the airports since March only repatriation flights were landing at the airport to bring back the residents’ home.

The pandemic has hard hit the tourism industry. However, it was quite a great industry pre-pandemic. But now it is suffering losses. Many business and tourism companies are urging the government to resume more flights so that they can speed up the recovery process.

Lifting Restrictions

However, hotels and cafes are reopening ad the government is easing the restrictions. Last month the government restrictions on most of the activities. Whereas, there is still restriction to reopen schools hence they are not reopening yet. The government has allowed hosting weddings, conferences, and festivals.

Jordan has withstood the COVID-19 pandemic better than most regional neighbors. In mid-March, it had to impose an early lockdown, and restrictions were put in place to keep the people from moving around. Moreover, it closed its borders for international flights. A state of emergency and a night curfew were in place in Jordan.

However, there are very minimal cases in the last few weeks. Whereas, most of the infected people are coming from abroad.

There has been 1,102 coronavirus cases in thr country with only ten deaths.

Safety Measures at Airports

The passengers can check – in online to reduce social interaction at the airport.

The airlines are restricting carry-on luggage for safety reasons. However, passengers can bring along a small personal belongings hand carry onboard for valuable items, electronics, and medication.

The airport is installing new self-check in machines and adding more drop off baggage counters.

Passengers will have to go through all medical checks, which includes mandatory thermal screening at check-in and/or embarkation, as per local authorities.

As for the Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge at Queen Alia International Airport, all dining is ala carte while the guests will have to follow physical distancing with spaced-out seating and other measures.

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