Here is a bit of information we have received from the Jordan Ministry of Tourism that we would like to share with you. More and more countries, especially those very dependent on tourism for their economy, are opening up to return to business of welcoming visitors. Below is what to expect regarding covid procedures when traveling to Jordan, followed by the letter from the Director of the Jordan Tourism Board of North America. Please let us know if you have any questions or are ready to start planning your next trip to Jordan!
A Letter from the Director on Jordan’s Re-opening
I personally just returned from 3 weeks in Jordan and as spring begins to turn into summer and vaccination rates increase across North America and Jordan, I wanted to confirm that Jordan is OPEN, and Bedouin Hospitality is waiting for you.
As I traveled through the country, I felt welcome and safe at every turn. From Amman to Aqaba, people abided by Covid rules and social distancing. Jordan’s vaccination rate is incredibly high and extremely efficient. The tourism sector has been a priority for vaccination across the country and Jordanian ground operators are incentivizing all their staff to be vaccinated.
Arrival Experience: When I arrived at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, I immediately got in line for my pre-paid Covid test, it was extremely efficient and only took a few minutes. From there, I proceeded through immigration, baggage claim and into the arms of my brother who I had not seen in 1.5 years!
Departure: Before flying back to the USA, I went through a drive-through Covid testing site and received my negative result the same day. All the paperwork needed for my flight back to the U.S. was e-mailed to me which was convenient in presenting it the authorities at the airport upon check-in.
It was a bit strange getting on a plane for the first time and figuring out what type of mask to wear knowing I would have to wear it for a long flight. However, my experience was quite pleasant, comfortable and I felt very safe wearing a mask. As I was fully vaccinated before I arrived, my mind was at ease. With Covid restrictions and an increase in hygiene awareness, I actually felt more comfortable than in pre-covid days using public facilities and/or transportation.
During my trip it was reinforced how important tourism is to destinations who depend on visitors. Your clients give Jordanians purpose, help alleviate hunger, increase educational opportunities and gender equity, allow local communities to thrive and sustain their livelihoods.
We know that travelers are looking for nature and adventure driven trips, we know that travelers are looking for wellness and family vacations, we know that people are wanting to connect in meaningful ways and travel to destinations that are open with strict hygiene protocols. I can assure you that Jordan can check all these boxes and more, and I am excited to do all I can to help tourism return stronger than ever to my country.
Director – Jordan Tourism Board North America