DUBAI: Tourists who are coming from low-risk countries will be allowed to enter Jordan in groups, Managing Director of Jordan Tourism Board Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat said, reported by state news agency Petra.
People traveling in groups will also be restricted by the schedule of their groups within specified tourism areas.
Arabiyat said the country was keen to revive its tourism industry, which has been severely hit by the pandemic.
The government has been discussing with airlines to attract tourists to the country, he added, saying there will be an intensive marketing plan to be launched in eligible countries.
Jordan earlier announced it was gradually reopening its borders to tourists in August, but only for those who are coming from “green countries,” a color-coding system that determines countries’ coronavirus risk.
Jordan closed its airports in mid-March as part of coronavirus protection measures, which according to Minister of State and Media Affairs Amjad Adaileh, was an “effective decision” as the “calm health situation and low case numbers” in the Kingdom.
“Even at the beginning of the pandemic, bringing back our sons and daughters was among the government's priorities, but given that Jordan is at the lower-mild stage, it is time to gradually bring back commercial flights,” the minister said,
The lower-mild stage, also called the “blue stage”, is part of the government’s coronavirus response plan that allows the reopening of airports with health and safety measures.