DUBAI: Jordan is undertaking the fourth phase of its program repatriating nationals stuck abroad because of travel restrictions imposed by their host countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan is also helping people of other nationalities stranded in the country return to their homes, state news agency Petra reported.
“The fourth phase of the evacuation plan for those arriving at Queen Alia Airport has begun, and this phase includes the repatriating travelers from 13 countries,” Brig. Gen. Khaled Shantir, the Director of Airport Security and Protection, said.
“This phase has begun by receiving a large number of Palestinians who were transported directly to their country’s crossing.”
More than 24,500 people have left Jordan for their countries, after being forced to stay in the country because of the coronavirus lockdown imposed earlier in the year.
The Jordanian government earlier launched a website, safelyhome2.gov.jo, for stranded citizens to submit their intention to be repatriated either by air – through Queen Alia International Airport – by sea or via land crossings.
As a safety precaution, repatriates would be asked to undergo necessary medical and precautionary tests upon their arrival at the airport. Their personal luggage would also be sterilized and disinfected to ensure no onward transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus.
The repatriates are also required to undergo quarantine in isolation areas designated by the government.