Jordan eases entry procedures for Iraqi patients

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AMMAN — Sick Iraqis seeking medical attention in Jordan are offered special treatment to facilitate their entry into Kingdom in line with Jordan’s humanitarian role towards the people of Iraq, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, Tareq Al-Majali.اضافة اعلان

Hala News quoted Majali as saying the procedures for Iraqi patients are part of Jordan's “humanitarian role and duty to the people of Iraq”.

He said that Iraqis' visit to Jordan is governed by separate instructions, which differs from the facilitated procedures for receiving patients.

Majali said the facilities include exemption from the pre-visa application for men over the age of 50, children under the age of 15 and women of all ages.

Electronic applications submitted to Jordan's Ministry of the Interior for the designated age group requiring prior approval will be completed within 48 hours of the date the application is submitted to the ministry of the interior.

But he stressed that emergency cases are exempted from the procedure. The visa is granted on-the-spot for emergency cases, which shall be determined by hospitals where the patient is booked for treatment.

Patients who have previously entered the Kingdom legally, underwent surgical operations or medical procedures, left the Kingdom within the legal timeframe and need to return to pursue treatment or require new treatment are also exempt from prior visa applications.

Under the new procedures, two escorts will be allowed to enter with each patient, provided that they are first degree blood relatives. Admission of minors as escorts is also allowed, regardless of their number.

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