Oman lifts ban on entry from South Africa and 6 other countries

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Muscat (ONA): The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic held a meeting under the chairmanship of Sayyid Hamoud Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.

The Committee reviewed updates about the pandemic, measures of protection against the disease and ways of curbing its spread and addressing its different impacts.

The committee studied the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 locally and internationally in light of the latest data that points to a spate in confirmed lab cases in many countries around the world, including the Sultanate of Oman.

The committee took note of instances of non-abidance with the precautionary measures endorsed by the authorities concerned. To protect members of society against the disease and, to safeguard Oman Health System’s capacity to deal with this disease and other diseases (while at the same time maintaining other health services), the Covid-19 Supreme Committee took the decisions listed below. Which apply with effect from date of publication of this statement till 31 January 2022.

Firstly, to apply two-dose vaccination as a prerequisite for entry of non-Omanis aged 18 years and able to the Sultanate of Oman from all check points.

Secondly, to allow entry to Oman only for arriving passengers who show negative PCR test issued within a maximum of 72 hours.

Thirdly, to cancel the decision that bans entry of arrivals from countries listed before, namely South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique.

Covid-19 Supreme Committee reaffirms that vaccination remains as a condition to enter public and private establishments. It stresses that all precautionary measures have to be applied: prohibiting people who suffer from pulmonary disease from entering workplaces and applying all precautionary measures within and outside workplaces, including wearing face masks properly, observing physical distance, keeping the hands clean, avoiding unauthorized  assembling and crowdedness and physical greeting like shaking hands and embracing.

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