The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Jordan.
Current Situation in Jordan
- CDC Level: 3
- Department of State Advisory Level: 3
- Entry Restrictions: A negative Covid test is required 72 hours before the flight and again upon arrival. Self quarantine is no longer required for passengers arriving in Jordan, but quarantine conditions may change between now and August.
- There will be smaller class sizes;
- The student lounge will be arranged to allow for social distancing;
- Out-of-country travel is allowed during the semester, though students must assume all associated risks, including that of not being able to rejoin the program;
- Some volunteer opportunities will be conducted remotely, rather than in-person.
- In case of inability to show a vaccination certificate from an approved country or exhibiting symptoms at the airport that dictate it, a PCR test will be required at the airport upon arrival. Home quarantine is only required for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 at the airport. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 at the airport on arrival will be subject to the Government of Jordan regulations for quarantine, which includes at least ten days of home isolation. Individuals who test negative at the airport do not have any mandatory quarantine.
- All students must fill out the form here before going to the airport. If you have your PCR test results by the time you complete the form, upload them to the form. Have your test results on hand to show at the airport, either way. After completing the form, save the QR code you receive at the end, you will be asked to show it at the departure counter.
- Be prepared to present your GeoBlue insurance card to customs officials in Amman;
- PCR test again upon arrival at the airport (28JOD/$42USD), or show a certificate documenting full course vaccination received in one of these countries, which must be shown to the airline in paper or electronic form.
- Homestay protocols will be coming soon.
Middlebury Center Space
- The program center will be reconfigured to comply with health and safety protocols. In the classroom space, 1.5 meters will be maintained between students.
- Classrooms and common areas will be regularly cleaned and ventilated.
- Wearing masks will be required the entire time in shared spaces.
- Regulations/policies change frequently, so students must stay up-to-date with information provided by the program.
- Individuals violating social distancing, mask wearing, and curfew regulations are subject to fines (20-50 JD) and, for some repeated violations, imprisonment.
- As of June 1, Jordan is under a nightly curfew that begins at midnight for commercial establishments and 1 a.m. for individuals and ends at 6 a.m.
- Individuals are required to stay in their homes during the set curfew hours. There are some exceptions like going to the airport with a travel ticket present.
- Restaurants are open for dine-ins outside of curfew hours and deliveries are available until midnight.
- Restaurants, cafes and public transport are operating at 50% capacity.
- Students will continue to travel within Amman and Jordan. There are no restrictions on in-country travel as long as it is within curfew regulations.
- International travel will not be permitted during the semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
Aman app is the official contact tracing app and must be downloaded before your arrival in Jordan.
Courses can transition to remote instruction if the program is suspended during the semester. Students would return to their remote coursework after a brief period to allow for return travel.
Volunteer activities may be possible if they can be conducted remotely.
Students are encouraged to budget for multiple COVID tests, should the need arise. Currently a single test costs 40 USD and that is not likely to increase. Transportation costs might also be higher for some students if they choose to not use public transportation for extra safety.
Currently, individuals who test positive quarantine at home unless medical care is required. Others living in the same house will also be asked to quarantine as well.
The quarantine period is 10 days after a positive test if the individual is asymptomatic, and at least 13 days if symptoms are light and the individual did not show symptoms during the last three days. No confirmation testing will be required.
The program administration will make sure to provide the students with possibilities to continue with their academic work. Depending on the student’s condition, this might include attending classes online or recording the class; students will also receive additional tutoring, if necessary. Deadlines and exam dates will be adjusted accordingly.
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
Students shall not come to campus if they have any COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the Ministry of Health (MoH), if they have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
The Jordanian MoH defines a COVID-19 contact is anyone who:
- Lives with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- Works with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- Came into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 through touch
- Came into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (less than two meters)
These people must be tested for coronavirus. Students in these circumstances who are already on campus must return home and isolate and fulfill contact tracing requirements.
Those who believed they may have contracted it will isolate as well.
If students notice any COVID-like symptoms, they must contact a school administrator and inform them of the situation, then follow their instructions on what steps to take. The admin will inform the host family to take any necessary measures.
If medical care for a COVID patient is needed (severe cases) they will be transferred to one of the hospitals with government-approved COVID care units that are also in the GeoBlue network (currently there are 3 of them). For other medical care needs doctors/labs can be called in to the homestay.
No. By law, in Jordan, all students and faculty in higher education are required to be either vaccinated or undergo weekly PCR tests. Most host families are vaccinated. But we can’t guarantee that a student won’t come in contact with unvaccinated individuals on campus, and some host family members (especially children) may not be vaccinated.