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Oman Reopens, Eases Travel Restrictions from Sept. 2021

Muscat Oman

Oman lifted an arrival ban on 18 countries, which was imposed in June, included India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

From September 1, 2021, Omani citizens, residents with valid residency permits, and travelers with valid visas are allowed to enter the Sultanate without prior approval.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate are required to present a medical certificate with a QR Code of taking two doses or the first dose of COVID-19 locally approved vaccines. The second dose is to be taken 14 days prior to the scheduled time for arriving in the Sultanate.

Currently, approved vaccines include AstraZeneca (Covishield), Oxford AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik V, however, travelers should follow the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) that may post an update on the list of approved vaccines.

The 7-day Institutional quarantine is still mandated for all travelers except for the ones that are coming to the Sultanate on long international flights (with a period of no less than 8 hours) with a pre-travel negative PCR test (within 96 hours) and on shorter flights with a negative COVID-19 PCR test (within 72 hours).

All travelers coming to the Sultanate without a pre-travel PCR test are required to:

  • Take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport
  • War Tarrasud+ bracelet and adhere to quarantine until a negative PCR test result is received
  • If the test is resulted positive, 10 days quarantine is required.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate (including diplomats) before their arrival are required to:

  • Pre-register via (Tarassud+) Platform and to upload the vaccine certificate as well as the COVID-19 PCR certificate, both containing QR Codes. If the passenger prefers to conduct the COVUD-19 PCR test upon arrival, the passenger shall pay the prescribed fees when registering via (Tarassud+) Platform.
  • Travelers below 18 and passengers with medically confirmed health conditions that prevent them from taking the vaccination are exempt from presenting the COVID-19 vaccine certificate and PCR test certificate.

The new rules above will be effective in the Sultanate from 12.00 noon on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, except that Omani citizens and their families who departed the Sultanate before the issuance of this circular are exempted from the vaccine requirement for a maximum of two (2) months from the issuance of the circular.

From September 1, vaccination will be made mandatory to enter government offices, shopping malls, restaurants, and private sector facilities.

Curfew

Oman lifted the night curfew from 10 pm till 4 am, from August 21.

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