Jordan to reopen to 22 countries next month

‘Low risk’ countries include China, Canada, Italy and Thailand

Jordanian authorities have announced commercial flights will resume next month after a near five-month lockdown period.

An official said the move is hoped to spur life in the struggling Jordanian economy.

Civil aviation commission chief Haitham Misto said that flights from 22 'low risk' countries will be allowed from August 5.

The countries include Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Thailand.

Similar to what is being done between some European nations, Jordan will set up air corridors where travellers from low risk countries do not need to self-isolate. They do however need virus testing before arrival.

The low risk country list is promised to be updated fortnightly.

According to sister publication Arabian Business, prior to the pandemic, Jordan received five million visitors each year, making up 14 percent of the country’s GDP and employment of around 100,000 people.

Tourism earned Jordan around $5.3 billion last year.

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