Expats residents without Covid-19 vaccine can come to Oman

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Muscat: Expats residents without Covid-19 vaccine can come to Oman but subject to the applicable procedures.

In the latest statement issued online by Government Communication said: Following the decision of the Supreme Committee issued on 19 August 2021, adopting the principle of vaccination as a condition allowing access to government and private sector facilities, and receiving two doses of a locally approved vaccine as a prerequisite for travellers to enter the Sultanate territory through land, sea and air borders, or getting vaccinated with a single – dose vaccine that is approved by the local Health Authority (for people age 18 years and above). plus to undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) before or upon arrival in the Sultanate, and to adhere to quarantine for those tested positive, we wish to clarify the following:

First: Travellers Arriving in the Sultanate from 1 September 2021:

Requiring all travellers to be fully vaccinated prior to entry to the Sultanate using one of the following approved vaccines: Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinovax, Moderna, Sinopharm, Covidshield AstraZeneca or a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson. Provided that the last dose is received at least 14 days before the date of arrival in the Sultanate, while considering the following categories:

1, Abroad Omani citizens and their families who have not received one or two doses of the vaccine.

2, Non-Omanies working in the Sultanate in public or private units and holding a valid residency, who have taken one dose of the vaccine in the Sultanate but were not able to get second in their countries.

3, Non-Omanies working in the Sultanate in public or private units and holding a valid residency who have not had the COVID-19 vaccine yet:

They are allowed to return to the Sultanate but subject to the applicable procedures, namely:

1, Taking the PCR test before arrival

2, Taking the PCR test upon arrival at Oman’s Airports

3, Wearing the electronic tracking bracelet

4, Complying with the home-based quarantine (for Omanis) and Institutional quarantine (for non-Omanis) for 7 days.

5, Repeating the PCR test on the 8th day.

Second: COVID-19 PCR Test for Arrivals in the Sultanate:

Requiring travellers to the Sultanate to take COVID-19 PCR test in one of the approved medical laboratories before or upon arrival, while anyone arrives in by a land border must have taken the PCR test before arriving the border.

Third: Employees of Public and Private Units:

1, Return of public sector workforce to the premises at 100% capacity.

2, Allowing all who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to enter the workplaces starting from 1 September until the end of September 2021, yet they are not allowed to enter the premised beginning 1 October 2021 if the don’t receive the second dose after then.

3, Employees with health conditions that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine must prove it with a medical form or a report from the attending physician at the health facility.

Four: Visitors and Customers of Public or Private Units, and Pubic Transport Users:

1, Entry is allowed for those who have received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine from 1 September until 15 October 2021, and they are not allowed if they don’t received the second dose after that date.

2, Each units (government or private) is committed to establish an executive mechanism to regulate the process of entry of employees and customer into the unit. so to ensure a consistent application of the decision. The supervisory authorities herby, in their respective fields, shall take the control measures against facilities found violating the decision of the Supreme Commitee.

Fifth: Requiring to receive at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to renew the residency card of expatriates starting from 1 September 2021 and to receive two doses of the vaccine from 1 October 2021.

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