Active travel movement between Jordan and Syria by land, amid the challenges of “Corona”


Amman, Jordan (CNN)– The Jordanian young man, Muhammad Salim, fulfilled his dream of visiting “the Levant” last week, accompanied by two of his friends by land, through the Jaber border center in the north of the Kingdom, on a tourist trip with a company and a number of Jordanian families for several days, amid procedural facilities. From the Jordanian and Syrian sides.

Salim, who is visiting the Levant for the first time in his life, was prevented by years of war from him previously, and despite his family’s fears of visiting for fear of the security situation, he found a remarkable travel movement from Jordan to Syria, which he touched at the border crossing and in the city of Damascus in particular, where the border post was restarted On the 29th of last September, after several periods of closure.

According to what he told CNN in Arabic, Salim visited several areas such as Bloudan and Zabadani, noting that the movement of travelers from Jordan was not limited to Jordanians, but also nationalities from the Gulf countries.

The cost of the tourist trip to the Levant varies, according to Saleem, especially with hotel accommodation and shopping, pointing out that the prices are relatively high, reaching approximately $400 for each traveler, including about $93 for the tourism company.

In general, the visit requires obtaining a vaccination certificate for travelers and departures, and registration for the platform in the event of staying inside Syrian territory for ten days or more, according to what the Jordanian government announced earlier.

Since the center was re-operated, Jordan has allowed 100 vehicles to pass daily in both directions, according to the director of the Jordanian Jaber Border Center, Colonel Muayyad al-Zoubi, with the condition that Syrians leaving and coming to Jordan must obtain prior security approval or an exit and return permit.

In his statement to CNN in Arabic, Al-Zoubi explained that there are many people coming from Syria who come to Jordan, as part of transit trips abroad, noting that a limited number of Syrians residing on Jordanian territory leave to Syria without return, considering that limiting the number to one hundred vehicles, falls within the framework of controlling Movement on the borders as a whole.

The Jordanian market witnessed a growth in the number of offices licensed for international transport from the category of buses to the Levant and other lines, as well as travel offices (small vehicles), according to the media spokesperson for the Jordan Land Transport Authority, Abla Wishah.

Weshah revealed that 40 licensed foreign travel transport offices have been registered, including 26 offices in the capital, Amman, working on land transport to the Levant, Beirut and others, with 1,087 vehicles, in addition to 36 international transport offices in the category of buses, with 237 buses, in addition to tourist transport companies.

However, Jordanian Muhammad Abdul Rahman, who is responsible for Al-Rasheed Travel Office in the Abdali area, complained about the low number of passengers per day and the high cost of loading, due to considerations related to the requirement for drivers to register on the platform and allow them to take only one trip every 4 days, as well as granting new licenses to buses that were not working on the platform. The line of Amman al-Sham, according to him.

The young driver, Ali Al-Qaddoumi, agrees with his predecessor, that there are obstacles that prevent an increase in the number of trips, saying that the validity of using the approval as a driver on the platform is for one day only, during which the driver may not be able to find a passenger for the Levant, while he is not allowed to register again until after the deadline has passed.

Qaddoumi told CNN in Arabic: “I have been working on the Amman, Levant and Saudi Arabia travel route for 13 years. The turnout is very different. Sometimes I only transport one passenger to Levant. How can I, as a driver, who has 3 children, secure a reasonable income and pay the vehicle warranty to the owner of the office at the end of each month?” “.

Transportation fees vary between foreign travel for small cars and international buses on their trips to the Levant, where the minimum fare for a passenger on the bus is about $11, compared to $21 for small vehicles, according to the Transportation Authority’s wages list.

Abdul Rahman sees the need to take into account the conditions of travel, saying: “The cost of a car trip to Syria per day is about 60 dinars ($85), there are no profits and there are unlicensed offices. We want to increase the days of validity of the platform’s registration. Good border control, in the past, gasoline was cheaper and the costs Less we used to look at 200 cars per day spread over 3 offices until the year 2011 to 2014, even after the year 2018 after the period of closing our work well.”

Abdul Rahman believes that there is chaos in the granting of permits to international transport buses after operating the border with Syria, at the expense of small travels, calling on his country’s government to control the permits, while the official Weshah confirmed to the website that any violations related to transport licenses are being seized by the authority, and that the permits granted Transport buses were after some of them stopped working during the closure of the crossing.


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