Oman Govt. has issued a new set of guidelines for all arriving and departing travellers making quarantine mandatory irrespective of the number of days spent in the country.
As per the new guidelines, travellers arriving in Oman for a period shorter than 7 days are no longer exempt from the isolation requirements.
“Even if a visitor is coming to the country for only seven days or less, he or she will have to wear the bracelet and spend his time in self-isolation. The only option with them is to leave the country after 5 or 6 days spending time in isolation here,” said an Oman Air official.
“People have been taking advantage of the situation. With the outbreak of the new strain of COVID-19 virus, the only option with the concerned authorities is either to shut down the travel industry or impose stricter measures“, he added.
Based on the decision of the Supreme Committee for dealing with (COVID-19), the Civil Aviation Authority has issued a circular to notify all passengers arriving and departing the Sultanate of Oman, the following:
PASSENGERS ARRIVING AT OMAN:
- Residents with valid residency permits and passengers with valid visa are allowed to enter the Sultanate without prior approval.
- All passengers arriving in Oman are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within seventy two (72) hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Oman. The COVID-19 PCR test shall be a validated and certified medical test result, written in Arabic or English.
- All passengers arriving to the Sultanate of Oman are required to have international health insurance, covering the cost of treatment from COVID-19 for one month, except for citizens, GCC nationals and passengers with free treatment card.
- Before departure to the Sultanate of Oman, passengers must complete pre-registration via https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel for the PCR test in Oman, pay the twenty five (25) OMR test fees and Tarassud+.
- All passengers arriving to the Sultanate of Oman are subject to COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, (Tarassud+) bracelet, quarantine for seven (7) days and COVID-19 (PCR) test on the eighth day.
- Passengers arriving to the Sultanate of Oman for a period more than seven (7) days are subject to COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
- Children aged 15 years and less are exempted from COVID-19 PCR test and Tarassud+ bracelet.
- Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to the Sultanate of Oman and diplomats visiting the Sultanate are exempted from COVID-19 PCR test, Tarassud+ and the bracelet. However, they are subject to a seven-day quarantine.
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PASSENGERS DEPARTING FROM OMAN:
- Omani citizens shall have health insurance covering COVID-19 valid in the country they are traveling to.
- Passenger shall comply with the requirements of the country they are traveling to.
Airlines have been told to take the necessary measures to ensure that the requirements to enter the Sultanate as per the circular issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are in place. CAA said that legal action will be taken against the offending airlines.
The scheduled international flights will continue to operate by the designated national air carriers of each country according to the agreed-upon coordination with the countries taking into account the applicable procedures in each country for operating scheduled flights.