Royal Jordanian Airlines announced the resumption of its flights to Italy, Cyprus, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand in the coming days after a hiatus of about five months due to the pandemic of the emerging corona virus.
Royal Airlines said on its official website that it will start operating flights to Italy and Cyprus from Saturday to Canada on the 13th of this month, Malaysia and Thailand on the first of next September.
The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission in Jordan, Haitham Misto, announced on the 26th of last July the resumption of flights with 22 countries classified as “green” as of the fifth of August. The Jordanian government last month identified a list of “green countries”, that is, countries with a low-risk epidemic situation and will be allowed to travel to and from them.
The list includes 22 countries, including 12 countries that have direct flights with Jordan. The list of “green countries” includes Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. Mesto explained that “those coming from green countries will not need a 14-day quarantine, but there are procedures, including checking the BCR before departure,” noting that “the list of green countries may change every two weeks.” The Jordanian Minister of Transport, Khaled Saif, confirmed last month that “the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is discussing with countries that are on the Green List to conduct flights with them.
According to the minister, “The next traveler to Jordan will pledge that he has spent 14 days in the green country, and there is a fine of 10,000 dinars (more than 14,000 dollars) as it turns out that the information is inaccurate,” noting that “the planes will operate at their full capacity.” On March 17, Jordanian authorities suspended international flights and closed airports due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus. Since then, the Kingdom has undertaken exceptional trips, during which more than twenty thousand Jordanians were stuck abroad. About 25,000 Arabs and foreigners have been returned from Jordan to their countries. Jordan is still relatively untouched by the widespread outbreak of the epidemic, with 1218 confirmed cases of the virus and 11 deaths, according to Ministry of Health official figures.