COVID-19 Information

May 20, 2020 

Jordan Country-Specific Information: 

On May 20, the Government of Jordan announced the following updated Eid holiday curfew and movement restrictions:

  • Regular evening curfew hours will begin at 11:00 p.m. on May 20 and on May 21. People may move on foot or by car (even/odd license plate policy) on May 20 and May 21 between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.
  • A comprehensive curfew will begin on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 p.m. and continue until Monday, May 25 at 8:00 a.m. No one should move outside the home during this period. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Regular (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) curfew restrictions will resume on Monday, May 25 with the odd/even vehicle usage system.

On May 11, the Government of Jordan announced a comprehensive curfew will be imposed in the Kingdom every Friday until further notice.

On May 7, the Government of Jordan announced the even-odd license plate policy for drivers in Amman, Zarqa, Balqa, and Salt will remain in effect.  Unless otherwise prohibited by the government, privately owned vehicles are allowed to move on alternating days between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm based on the last digit of the vehicle’s license plate.  Cars with odd numbered license plates may move one day and even-numbered plates may move the next (for these purposes, zero is considered an even number).  Please check the Facebook page of the Jordanian Traffic Police to find out which days are considered “even/odd”.

Individuals under the age of 16 and older than 60 will not be allowed in cars.  Private cars may carry no more than one passenger in addition to the driver.  Taxis may carry up to two passengers, plus the driver.

Residents in the governorates of Mafraq, Madaba, Ajloun, Jerash, Aqaba, Maan, Tafilah, and Karak may use their vehicles, irrespective of their license plate number and without passenger limitations or age restrictions from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm unless a curfew is in place.

Travel between governorates remains prohibited.

The Government of Jordan announced that everyone must adhere to social distancing rules and wear masks and gloves when entering public places (including ministries, government departments, official and public institutions), and when entering places where services are provided directly to the public (including companies, institutions, malls, stores, medical clinics and health centers, cellular communications companies, electricity and water companies, banks, offices, buses, taxis, public vehicles and private vehicles with more than one person).  Anyone violating the order will be fined.

In May 4, 2020, the Government of Jordan extended the suspension of regular commercial flights through May 25.  Airlines may offer a refund or voucher to customers who purchased tickets on regular commercial flights through May 25.

The Government of Jordan has eased restrictions in the economic sector and some businesses may operate between the hours of 8:00am and 7:00pm daily unless otherwise announced, while some delivery services may operate until 8:00pm Government entities, public institutions, schools and universities will remain closed. For emergencies call 911.

The Government of Jordan launched the www.Mouneh.jo website so that customers can place food delivery orders and delivery orders for chronic medications at http://emad.hakeem.jo.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide updates on new developments on this webpage. Additionally, we ask U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages from the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Jordan during this time. U.S. citizens in Jordan seeking emergency assistance should email the U.S. Embassy at amman-acs@state.gov.

U.S. citizens in Jordan whose residency permits are expiring and who ALREADY have an account from the Government of Jordan, should attempt to use the Ministry of Interior’s website to update their status. For those without an online account, please wait until Jordanian Government services resume to extend your status in Jordan.

We understand that the Government of Jordan will waive overstay fines (up to 250 JOD) for foreigners with visas or residency permits that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy cannot extend your immigration status in Jordan.

In addition to the above restrictions the Government of Jordan has announced that:

  • All tourism sites, including archeological sites, are closed.
  • Cafes and restaurants are closed. Some restaurants are providing delivery service.
  • All educational institutions are closed.
  • All public events and social events such as weddings, sporting events, cinemas, swimming pools, sports clubs and youth centers are prohibited.  Prayer services at mosques and churches are prohibited.
  • All Jordanians (including Jordanian Americans) should remain in place.
  • Foreigners in Jordan should follow the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the CDC to remain safe and healthy, including social distancing and practicing good hygiene.

U.S Embassy Health Alerts:

Jordan Entry and Exit Requirements:

At this time there is no way to enter or exit Jordan.  U.S. citizens remaining in Jordan should be prepared for additional travel restrictions and health precautions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Quarantine and COVID-19 Test Information:

The following are authorized private labs for elective testing for COVID-19:

  • Biolabs
  • AlSultan Laboratories
  • Precision Medical Laboratories
  • Med Laboratories
  • The Specialty Hospital
  • Mega labs
  • Quest labs
  • Geno Labs

All sample collection will be done through home visits by trained lab personnel. No walk-in testing for COVID-19 is allowed.

The Jordanian Ministry of Health has designated the following seven hospitals for COVID-19 testing and isolation:

Al Bashir Hospital – Amman
Jordan University Hospital- Amman
Prince Hamzah Hospital- Amman
Zarqa New Public Hospital- Zarqa
King Abdullah University Hospital- Irbid
Karak Public Hospital – Karak
Prince Hashim Military Hospital – Aqaba

Foreigners may be tested at these hospitals but only when referred by health authorities and at the direction of a medical provider.  U.S. citizens who feel ill should first call a health care provider for instructions prior to seeking in-person medical care. The Embassy cannot request tests on behalf of U.S. citizens in Jordan.

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