In order to contain the global COVID-19 outbreak, the government of Jordan has decided to impose a nationwide curfew on 21 March 2020 until further notice. The curfew hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night. Shops and restaurants close at 9 p.m. Every Friday, a 24-hour full lockdown is imposed until 31 December 2020.
The curfew hours and conditions imposed may vary between different towns and cities. The Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan encourages all its citizens to inform themselves through official channels about the measures in place in their region.
The government has announced a comprehensive lockdown immediately following the upcoming parliamentary elections, starting on 10 November 2020 at 9 p.m. for establishments and 10 p.m. for individuals until 15 November 2020 at 6 a.m.
The government decided to reopen restaurants and cafés in the country starting 1 October 2020 under strict conditions. Gyms and public pools will be shut down starting 2 November 2020. Furthermore, the government decided to enforce distance learning in all kindergartens, schools and universities (except for medicine, dentistry and nursing at the clinical stage) until further notice.
According to the recent Defence Orders issued by the government, every person must adhere to the established social distances and commit to wearing face masks and gloves before entering public places, including ministries, government departments, official and public institutions
or places where services are provided directly to people, including companies, institutions, enterprises, shopping malls, shops, medical clinics and health centers. Social gatherings of all kinds, including weddings and funerals, exceeding twenty (20) persons are prohibited and individuals placed under home quarantine are obliged to fully adhere to the instructions of the relevant authorities.
Anyone who violates the provisions of these orders and the measures issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence shall be liable.
Commercial passenger flights to and from Jordan have partially resumed on 8 September 2020 from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Measures regulating the arrival from abroad differ depending on the pandemic situation of the country of departure (list of green, yellow and red countries established and regularly updated by the Jordanian authorities). The Embassy urges its citizens planning to travel to Jordan to inform themselves through official websites about the rules in place, keeping in mind that conditions might change on very short notice.
Following the easing of measures by the government of Jordan, the Embassy has resumed providing certain consular services. Clients can contact the Embassy by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (+962 6 593 1416) during regular working hours. The Embassy will not receive clients without prior appointment. Wearing a mask during the meeting is mandatory. In case of a consular emergency outside working hours, please contact the Helpline of the FDFA (+41 800 24 7 365 or +41 58 46533 33).
The issuance of Schengen visas remains suspended until further notice. National visas (employment, family reunion as well as education and training purposes) can be processed on a case by case basis, in accordance with the directive 323.7-5040/3 of 8 June 2020 of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Swiss citizens or persons with permanent residence in Switzerland wishing to return home are invited to contact the Embassy.
The premises of the Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan will be closed to the public from 8 until 15 November 2020, in observation of public health requirements as well as in light of a public holiday (parliamentary elections) and the lockdown imposed by the authorities. However, the Embassy remains reachable by e-mail and phone during regular working hours, except on 10 November 2020.
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The Embassy urges its citizens to observe the hygiene recommendations of the WHO, practice social distancing and follow the instructions of the Jordanian government to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
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