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10 Mar 2020 | 02:14 PM UTC

Jordan: Government implements travel restrictions due to COVID-19 March 10 /update 3

Jordan closes borders with Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Iraq March 10; travelers from France, Germany, and Spain to be denied entry from March 16

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Event

On Tuesday, March 10, Jordan closed its border crossings with Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, banned overland passenger traffic from Iraq, and closed its seaports to shipping from Egypt to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Overland commercial traffic will be allowed with Iraq via the Karameh crossing and with Syria via the Jaber crossing.

The government also announced that travelers from France, Germany, and Spain will be denied entry to Jordan starting on Monday, March 16. A previous set of restrictions barred all travelers from South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Jordanian authorities have also banned travel to Lebanon and Syria.

To date, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jordan.

Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "very high" at the global level.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.