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Aqaba to enter green zone amid shark-attack concerns

Vaccinated people will be permitted to enter the green zone, in addition to those who have gone through 21 days after receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Otherwise, tourists will have to
Vaccinated people will be permitted to enter the green zone, in addition to those who have gone through 21 days after receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Otherwise, tourists will have to take the PCR test 72 hours prior to their visit, according to the authority. (Photo: Pixabay)
AMMAN — Commissioner for Tourism and Economic Affairs at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Sharhabeel Madi stated that, as part of the government’s safety protocol, Aqaba is set to move into the green zone and welcome tourists.اضافة اعلان

Vaccinated people will be permitted to enter the green zone, in addition to those who have gone through 21 days after receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Otherwise, tourists will have to take the PCR test 72 hours prior to their visit, according to the authority.

The authority has also erected vaccination centers at the Wadi Araba and Wadi Yutum entry points that do not require preregistration, according to the commissioner. The commissioner added that 70 percent of the vaccination drive has been achieved so far.

The authority also allowed bus and truck drivers to resume work under the condition that they receive the vaccine.

Madi also commented on Friday’s shark attack accident, stating that marine forces have scanned the accident area and ensured its safety for resuming marine games. He stressed, however, that visitors should stay away from deep water points.

He added that things are moving in the right direction and the country will witness a normal tourism season in 2021, with Aqaba having the highest vaccination percentage in the Kingdom.

Aqaba Governor and Head of the General Safety Committee Mohammad Rafayaa said that arrangements to announce Aqaba a free zone, which were brought to the table two months ago, require intensive work.

Rafayaa added that a vaccination tent was built in the center of the city and prepared with the necessary equipment to encourage walk-in vaccinations.

He also indicated that 95 percent of the working staff in the tourism sector were inoculated, stating that safety measures must be maintained along with intensifying inspections on economic and tourism activities.   

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