Oman lifts travel ban on travelers from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh and other countries

Muscat: Oman will open its door for all from September 1, 2021. The Civil Aviation Authority has announced that the ban to enter Oman from all countries on the prohibited list has been removed.

In the statement CAA said: Based on the statement made by the Supreme Committee for dealing with (Covid-19) issues on 19th August 2021, and in coordination with the Medical Response and Public Health Sectors, and the Royal Oman Police, the Civil Aviation Authority would like to inform the travelers arriving into the Sultanate and all airlines operating into the Sultanate that the following has been decided:

1, The list of countries from which arrivals are prohibited from entering the territory of the Sultanate has been terminated.

2, All Omani citizens, residents of Oman, visa holders of Oman, those who do not required a visa a travel to Oman, and those who can obtain a visa upon arrival are allowed to enter the Sultanate in accordance with the pre-COVID system.

3, All passengers arriving to the Sultanate are required to present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate containing a QR code stating that they have received two doses of a vaccine approved in Oman, or in cases where a single dose is approved by the Health Authorities of the Sultanate, have received one dose of such vaccine. The last dose is required to have been received not less than fourteen (14) days ahead of estimated arrival time. The Ministry of Health publishes and updates the list of vaccine approved in Oman.

4, All passengers arriving to the Sultanate that present a pre-travel negative result COVID-19 PCR test are exempted from quarantine, The Covid-19 PCR test shall indicate he medical test result which can be validated and certified with a QR Code and the test shall be conducted within ninety-six (96) hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in the Sultanate for the International Flights of more than eight (8) hours duration, including transit, and seventy-two (72) hours for shorter flights.

5, All passengers arriving to the Sultanate without holding a negative COVID-19 PCR test in accordance with paragraph number (4) of this circular are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival where after the traveler shall be required to enter mandatory quarantine with electronic tracking bracelet until a negative PCR test results is received. However, in cases of a positive PCR test result, the passenger shall be required to undergo mandatory health isolation for ten (10) days starting from the test date. Except that passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 but tested positive on arrival are exempted from health isolation providing they are able to submit proof that they have completed the prescribed isolation period in the country where they were infected before traveling to the Sultanate.

6, Before boarding the aircraft, all passengers arriving to the Sultanate, including diplomates, are required to complete pre-registration 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 COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, the passenger shall pay the prescribed fees when registering via (Tarassud+) platform before boarding the aircraft.

7, Arriving passengers aged 18 and below are exempted from the requirements of the vaccine and COVID-19 PCR test, patients with diseases that prevent them from receiving the vaccine according to an approved medical certificate are also exempted from presenting vaccine certificates.

8, This decision is effective starting at 12:00 pm (Oman local time ) on Wednesday, 01st September 2021, except that Omani citizens and their families who departed the Sultanate before the issuance of this circular are exempted from the vaccine requirements for maximum of two (2) months from the issuance of this circular.

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