Jordan has officially become the 7th country to officially remove all entry requirements for travelers.
The updates include removing all testing and proof of vaccination requirements for international visitors as of March 1st, 2022.
Does this call for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Petra or a guided excursion through the ruined cities of Jerash? It just might be the perfect time to cross Jordan off your bucket list.
Jordan Removes Entry Requirements – Update For March 2022
While international borders to Jordan were not completely closed for the past two years, the country still enforced a number of entry requirements for travelers.
For most of 2020 and 2021, travelers to Jordan had to undergo pre-flight PCR testing, take a PCR test upon arrival followed by a 7-day quarantine, as well as take a third PCR test on Day 7.
Now, as of March 1, 2022, all of those entry requirements for Jordan are officially lifted.
The only requirement left for entry is that travelers have to fill out an online health form prior to departure in order to get a QR code to present upon boarding. The form is extremely simple to fill out, and strangely, does not ask any covid-related questions, which makes it more of a data entry form.
When it comes to local health guidelines, know that things like social distancing are still being applied and masks must be worn on public transportation and indoor public spaces.
Travelers must also obtain a tourist visa upon arrival to Jordan. A single entry visa is valid for 30 days and costs 40 Jordanian Dinars (approximately 55 USD). Travel medical insurance is also recommended for your trip.
Mongolia Temporarily Removed Entry Requirements
After an almost two-year closure, Mongolia reopened to vaccinated travelers on February 14, 2022. According to the guidance, travelers had to be fully immunized against Covid and a negative PCR test result from 72 hours of travel was required to be presented prior to departure.
And then in a quick shift, officials in Mongolia announced this week that the country is removing all restrictions for international visitors. This report in the Korea Herald states that the Mongolian cabinet decided to remove all restrictions “based on an assessment of infection and protection risks.” The updates also reflected on IATA for over 72-hour, indeed showing that Mongolia had “removed all covid-19 entry requirements as of March 1, 2022.”
However, it seems the news was either an error in the information given from Mongolian authorities, or it was quickly amended after the announcement, as Mongolia is once again showing entry requirements as of March 4, 2022.
Travel To Mongolia – Entry Requirements Reinstated
As of March 4, 2022, official sources now dictate that travelers must have ONE of the following:
- negative 72-hour PCR test, or
- negative 48-hour Antigen test, or
- Recovery certificate at most 4-months old
Travel To Mongolia – Local Restrictions
The wearing of face masks and social distancing will be enforced in many public indoor spaces. Other internal restrictions like curfews have also been removed for local businesses throughout the country.
Following the news of the restrictions being lifted the Mongolian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea released a statement that “With the updates that were made to COVID-19 temporary regulations in January this year, no restrictions will be imposed on business operations.”
Why Intrepid Travelers Are Looking To Jordan And Mongolia For Their Next Trip
While these two destinations might not be on the typical travelers’ radar, Jordan and Mongolia are nothing short of impressive. When it comes to culture, memorable experiences, and fascinating history, each country offers something unique to discover.
From the Dead Sea to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, travelers have so many options in Jordan. The beaches in the city of Aqaba offer excellent snorkeling and diving options in the Red Sea and are also a great choice for those looking for a luxurious resort getaway.
For history and culture buffs, book a tour to explore the ancient desert valley of Wadi Rum and get to know its Bedouin history.
With the exception of the capital city of Ulaanbaattar, Mongolia is one of the most vast regions in the world. Social distancing isn’t really hard when all you have in front of you is the open road and a few camels and sheep along the way.
The way to travel here is to fly into Ulaanbaattar and spend a few days exploring the big city before heading off into the countryside. You can book a trip with one of the many reputable travel agencies in the capital city that organize tours of the top sights across the country.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories