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Airlines Updates

Published on 24.10.2020
Oman Air resumes flights to Kuwait, Bahrain and Colombo from 25 October

23.10.2020 Oman Air this week filed changes to its planned operation in East Asia, for Northern winter 2020/21 season, effective from 25OCT20. Planned operation as of 22OCT20 as follows. Travel restrictions may continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on certain direction.

Muscat – Bangkok eff 05NOV20 2 weekly 787-9 (4 weekly from 02JAN21)
Muscat – Guangzhou Service cancelled in NW20
Muscat – Kuala Lumpur eff 29OCT20 2 weekly A330 (4 weekly from 02JAN21)
Muscat – Jakarta Service cancelled in NW20
Muscat – Manila eff 29OCT20 2 weekly A330 (4 weekly from 04JAN21)

20.10.2020 Oman Air in this week’s schedule update filed additional changes to its planned operation to Southeast Asia and Europe, for winter 2020/21 season. Planned operation between 25OCT20 and 27MAR21.

Muscat – Bangkok 3 weekly 787-9 (4 weekly from 02JAN21)
Muscat – Frankfurt 2 weekly 787-9 (4 weekly from 01JAN21)
Muscat – Istanbul 2 weekly 737-800 (3 weekly from 27DEC20)
Muscat – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly A330 (4 weekly from 04JAN21)
Muscat – London Heathrow 2 weekly 787-9 (4 weekly from 10JAN21)
Muscat – Manila 2 weekly A330 (4 weekly from 04JAN21)
Muscat – Paris CDG Service cancelled in NW20

Previously reported changes:
Muscat – Manchester Service cancelled in NW20 (Including all dates in 2021)
Muscat – Milan Malpensa Service cancelled in NW20
Muscat – Munich Service cancelled in NW20
Muscat – Zurich Service cancelled in NW20

Published on 21.10.2020
Oman Air NW20 Europe / South East Asia operation changes as of 20OCT20

Published on 16.10.2020
Oman Air to operate weekly flights to Bangkok

07.10.2020 Salam Air starting tomorrow is adding regular service to India, under the India-Oman air bubble pact. Until 30NOV20, the airline gradually introduces 6 routes, on board Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Muscat – Chennai eff 10OCT20 2 weekly A320neo
Muscat – Hyderabad eff 11OCT20 2 weekly A320neo
Muscat – Jaipur eff 08OCT20 2 weekly A320neo
Muscat – Kozhikode eff 10OCT20 2 weekly A320neo
Muscat – Lucknow eff 09OCT20 2 weekly A320neo
Muscat – Thiruvananthapuram eff 09OCT20 2 weekly A320neo

10.09.2020 Oman Air in October plans to resume scheduled passenger service, with first flight scheduled on 01OCT20. As of 09SEP20, planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 24OCT20 as follows.

Additional changes remain likely.

Muscat – Cairo 2 weekly 737-800/-900
Muscat – Delhi 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Doha 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Dubai 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Duqm 3 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Frankfurt 2 weekly A330
Muscat – Islamabad 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Istanbul 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Khasab 3 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Kochi 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly A330
Muscat – Lahore 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – London Heathrow 2 weekly 787-9
Muscat – Manila 2 weekly A330
Muscat – Mumbai 2 weekly 737-800
Muscat – Salalah 2 daily 737-800
Muscat – Zanzibar 2 weekly 737-800

Published on 18.07.2020
SalamAir to operate special flights to Pakistan

Published on 14.06.2020
Oman Air will operate special flights to Cairo, London, Paris on 19, 21, 22, 26 June as commercial flights remain suspended

Published on 03.06.2020
Oman Air July 2020 Europe service revision as of 03JUN20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Oman
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 16 years.

Passengers must register online before departure at https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel . They must complete the “Traveler registration form” and pay the test upon arrival fee of OMR 25.

Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 16 years.
—Passengers must have an insurance to cover Coronavirus (COVID-19) medical expenses in Oman for a period of one month.

Passengers must download the Tarassud+ app and the Hmushrif app before departure.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania
Passengers arriving from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan or Tanzania are not allowed to enter until 12 March 2021.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Oman.
– This does not apply to family members of passengers with a diplomatic passport.
– This does not apply to domestic workers of nationals of Oman. They must be accompanied by the sponsor.

Passengers who have been in the past 14 days in Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan or Tanzania are not allowed to enter until 12 March 2021.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Oman.
– This does not apply to family members of passengers with a diplomatic passport.
– This does not apply to domestic workers of nationals of Oman. They must be accompanied by the sponsor.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 7 days at their own expense.

Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation for at least 7 days.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years traveling alone.
– This does not apply to passengers older than 60 years.
– This does not apply to passengers with an authorization from the Health Authorities.
– This does not apply to passengers with a permit for private institutional isolation centers that are pre-approved by the Relief and Shelter Sector.

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Flight Restrictions

published 09.11.2020

Total entry ban
Passengers are not allowed to enter.

A completed “Traveler registration form” must be presented before boarding. The form can be obtained at covid19.moh.gov.om

Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 15 years.

Passengers must have an insurance to cover Coronavirus (COVID-19) medical expenses in Oman for a period of one month.

Passengers must download the Tarassud+ app before arrival.

Passengers staying for more than 7 days in Oman must download the Hmushrif app.

Special requirements for all international flights
Flights to Oman are suspended.
– This does not apply to flights arriving from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to humanitarian and repatriation flights.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. From 15 February, all arrivals (including residents) must self-isolate at a hotel at their own expense.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All arrivals (over the age of 16) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ or eMushrif App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 16) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Sporadic transmission of P. falciparum and P. vivax may occur subsequent to international importations of
parasites. In 2010, local outbreaks of P. falciparum and P. vivax were reported in Ash Sharqiyah North
Governorate. Local cases were also reported in 2011 and 2012.
WHO recommended prevention: none

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Polio vaccination is required for travellers arriving from polio-exporting countries.

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Full Restrictions

  • Oman Latest News: Oman government temporarily suspends flights from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania (Oman News Agency, 22.02.2021). Oman’s land borders were closed from Monday 18 January and will remain so until further notice (GOV.UK, 11.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *International Travel: The Royal Oman Police have resumed issuing visas, including ‘tourist’eVisas. Foreign nationals over the age of 16, must:
    • take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival in Oman;
    • complete an onlinepre-registration form ;
    • have proof of hotel accommodation and travel/health insurance which covers at least 30 days of COVID-19 treatment;
    • take a PCR test on landing; and
    • complete 7 days self-isolation.
    Self-isolation must be completed at any hotel in Oman at your own expense. Exceptions are in place if you are under 18 years of age (and unaccompanied), over 60 years of age or have a document from your health provider stating that for medical reasons you cannot self-isolate in a hotel. In these circumstances you must self-isolate at home for 7 days.
    If you are a foreign national over the age of 16, a further PCR test must be taken on day 8. If this is negative, there is no need to continue self-isolating.
    You should stay in touch with your airline, hotel and monitor local media.
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. If you are over the age of 16, you must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Oman and complete an online pre-registration form. You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. You must have proof of hotel accommodation and travel/health insurance which covers at least 30 days of COVID-19 treatment. It is no longer permitted to self-isolate at home unless you are under 18 (and travelled unaccompanied), over 60 years old or have a document from your health provider stating that for medical reasons you cannot self-isolate in a hotel.
    *Travel by air: All travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. From 25 February, travellers (excluding healthcare workers) who have visited Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia in the last 14 days (including transit) will not be permitted to enter Oman.
    *Travel by land: Land borders were closed on Monday 18 January until further notice.
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 16) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ or eMushrif App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 16) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On day 8 you must take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat International Airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed. All arrivals (including residents) must self-isolate at a hotel at their own expense unless they are under 18 years of age (travelling unaccompanied), over 60 years of age or have a document from their health provider stating that for medical reasons they cannot self-isolate in a hotel. In these circumstances you must self-isolate at home for 7 days.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling. You must also comply with whatever the entry and testing requirements are at the country you intend to travel to.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Belize: Regulations remain in force to prevent, control, contain and suppress the spread of coronavirus. The Government of Belize has announced a nationwide curfew to prevent the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. The curfew is from 10pm to 5am every day for adults and 6pm to 5am every day for minors. The Statutory Instruments that set out the requirements in Belize can be foundhere and include:
    • The wearing of masks and social distancing remains mandatory at all times;
    • No gatherings of more than 10 people;
    • No private parties with people outside your household;
    • Pubs, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, rum shops, casinos and gaming establishments are closed;
    • No selling of alcohol between 10pm and 5am;
    • Restaurants can open for delivery, take away or drive through only. Open air, outdoor and al fresco restaurants are open but seating capacity is capped at 50% and customers must have a reservation;
    • Gymnasiums are open but capped at 50% capacity per hour and are by appointments only;
    • No competitive sporting events or recreational contact sports;
    • Non-contact sports are allowed such as tennis, golf, table tennis and other similar sports as long as social distancing protocols imposed;
    • Walking, running and cycling is allowed as long as social distancing protocols imposed;
    • Church services or other services of worship are permitted but capped at 50% capacity and not allowed to exceed one hour;
    • No social events;
    • Spas, beauty salons and barbershops are allowed to operate with appointment only subject to social distance protocols;
    • No owner or manager of a business, office or establishment to allow any person to enter that business, office or establishment without wearing a face mask;
    • Schools are closed.
    The Belize authorities will be strictly enforcing the statutory instrument measures, including for:
    • Not social distancing;
    • Not wearing of masks;
    • Public transport, public services and commercial companies being held accountable for customers who do not adhere to the law in their establishments;
    • Entering Belize illegally;
    • Caught with contraband goods from those who entered Belize illegally;
    • Bribing any member of the security forces;
    • Members of the security forces extorting money from individuals.
    If you violate these measures, you will be returned to your port of entry at your own expense. If you cannot be returned immediately, you will be placed into mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility which may be at your own expense.
    *Tourism: Belize has reopened to tourists (via International Airport and San Pedro, Belize City and Placencia seaports only) with a Tourism Gold Standard program, which has been specifically developed for hotels, restaurants, tour operators and other relevant businesses to enhance their health and safety standards. Before travelling, you must book an approved Gold Standard accommodation and present confirmation on arrival. Tourists can move around freely in Belize but are highly encouraged to remain within the safety corridor and use Gold Standard restaurants, tour sights, gift shops and certified transportation. Further information can is available from the Belize Tourism Board, Travel Belize or Belize Port Authority. All tourists must comply with the current Statutory Instrument. See Travel in Belize.
    *Public spaces and services: The wearing of face masks and social distancing is mandatory at all times. Public transport is running with seated only capacity. Public services have also resumed and commercial businesses are open (with a maximum of 10 people). This includes shops, hotels, and restaurants. Protocols have been put in place to adhere to social distancing and hand sanitising on entry. Please follow the guidance at each location.

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    03.03.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Oman’s land borders were closed from Monday 18 January and will remain so until further notice (GOV.UK, 11.02.2021). Government will extend land borders closure until 8 February (Reuters, 31.01.2021).

    International Restrictions: Entry rules in response to coronavirus.
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present.
    You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Oman and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave the UK.
    Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation unless they are under 16 years of age, over 60 years of age or have a document from their health provider stating that for medical reasons they cannot self-isolate in a hotel. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    -Travel by air: British nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.
    -Travel by land: The Omani authorities have announced that land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January.
    -Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. All arrivals (including residents) must self-isolate at a hotel at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling. You must also comply with whatever the entry and testing requirements are at the country you intend to travel to.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. You should be aware that public places may have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman. From 11 February, all beaches, leisure spaces and public parks are closed.

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    16.02.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Oman’s land borders were closed from Monday 18 January and will remain so until further notice (GOV.UK, 11.02.2021). Government will extend land borders closure until 8 February (Reuters, 31.01.2021).

    International Restrictions: Entry rules in response to coronavirus.
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Oman and complete an online pre-registration form. You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave the UK. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    *Travel by air: British nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.
    *Travel by land: The Omani authorities have announced that land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January.br<>
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. From 15 February, all arrivals (including residents) must self-isolate at a hotel at their own expense.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling. You must also comply with whatever the entry and testing requirements are at the country you intend to travel to.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. You should be aware that public places may have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman. From 11 February, all beaches, leisure spaces and public parks are closed.

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    11.02.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Government will extend land borders closure until 8 February (Reuters, 31.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.

    *Travel by land: The Omani authorities have announced that land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January.
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the
    Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. You should be aware that public places may have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman.

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    09.02.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Government will extend land borders closure until 8 February (Reuters, 31.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.

    *Travel by land: The Omani authorities have announced that land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January.
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places.
    You should be aware that public places may have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman.

    Read more
    05.02.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Government to close country’s land borders for one week from 18 January to contain spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 17.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.

    *Travel by land: The Omani authorities have announced that land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January.
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: he Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman:
    • beaches;
    • mosques and other places of worship;
    • events and conferences;
    • most tourist sites.

    Read more
    17.01.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Country’s land, air, sea borders to reopen on 29 December; negative COVID-19 tests required for entry (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Oman Air will continue domestic flights during one-week border closure (Times of Oman, 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.

    *Travel by land: Foreign nationals with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from the UAE but must meet UAE COVID-testing exit criteria. Foreign nationals can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE if they take a PCR test prior to travel and are tested again at the border. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website.
    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: he Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman:
    • beaches;
    • mosques and other places of worship;
    • events and conferences;
    • most tourist sites.

    Read more
    05.01.2021
  • Oman Latest News: Country’s land, air, sea borders to reopen on 29 December; negative COVID-19 tests required for entry (Reuters, 27.12.2020). Oman Air will continue domestic flights during one-week border closure (Times of Oman, 21.12.2020). Oman government closes borders for one-week starting from 22DEC20 due to new COVID strain (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Aviation authority plans to resume international flights from Salalah and Sohar airports (Times of Oman, 14.12.2020). Country reopens to tourists with COVID-19 entry requirements in place (Arabian Business, 06.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to present. You must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online pre-registration form.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Oman, you should aim to download it before you leave. Although no longer a requirement, when checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman should be prepared to give proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.

    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om.

    *Screening on arrival: All arrivals (over the age of 15) are required to have a PCR test at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 25 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point to confirm payment. You will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must self-isolate for 7 days. On the eighth day you can take another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: he Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman:
    • beaches;
    • mosques and other places of worship;
    • events and conferences;
    • most tourist sites.

    Read more
    28.12.2020
  • Oman Latest News: Oman Air will continue domestic flights during one-week border closure (Times of Oman, 21.12.2020). Oman government closes borders for one-week starting from 22DEC20 due to new COVID strain (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Aviation authority plans to resume international flights from Salalah and Sohar airports (Times of Oman, 14.12.2020). Country reopens to tourists with COVID-19 entry requirements in place (Arabian Business, 06.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus: If you are staying for less than 10 days, in addition to travel/ health insurance, you must also have proof of hotel accommodation and return or onward travel. It is not yet clear what self-isolation requirements must be followed. Anyone considering this option should seek further detail from their airline, travel company or Omani embassy.
    *Travel by air: Foreign nationals with valid residence, tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the government of Oman’s approval.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result.
    Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 25 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: he Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman:
    • beaches;
    • mosques and other places of worship;
    • events and conferences;
    • most tourist sites.

    Read more
    21.12.2020
  • Oman Latest News: OCountry reopens to tourists with COVID-19 entry requirements in place (Arabian Business, 06.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. To enter Oman, you will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 90 hours or less before your arrival in Oman. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to produce.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Muscat, you should aim to download it before you depart. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    *Travel by air: Travellers should seek approval to enter Oman via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the government of Oman’s approval.
    *Travel by land: In exceptional circumstances, travellers with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. Travellers can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE but they must have prior permission from the Emirati immigration authorities and meet UAE covid-testing entry criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and our Travel Advice for the UAE.
    *Screening on arrival: On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR test (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. If your PCR test result was negative, and you are staying in Oman for less than 7 days, you can end your self-isolation.
    If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must continue to self-isolate until you have done so for 7 days. On the eighth day you must have another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: beaches; mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

    Read more
    06.12.2020
  • Oman Latest News: Overnight curfew begins 11 October to help contain COVID-19 (Egypt Today, 09.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Before you travel: You must have a valid visa before you travel. Visas cannot currently be issued on arrival. To enter Oman, you will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours or less before your arrival in Oman. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to produce.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Muscat, you should aim to download it before you depart. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. Travellers with tourist, business ‘express’ or family visit visas should also have proof of their accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    *Travel by air: Travellers should seek approval to enter Oman via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the government of Oman’s approval.
    *Travel by land: In exceptional circumstances, travellers with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. Travellers can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE but they must have prior permission from the Emirati immigration authorities and meet UAE covid-testing entry criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and our Travel Advice for the UAE.
    *Screening on arrival: On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR test (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. Bracelets must be returned once you have completed your self-isolation. Some health clinics have established drop off points for this purpose.
    *Quarantine requirements: The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. If your PCR test result was negative, and you are staying in Oman for less than 7 days, you can end your self-isolation.
    If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, regardless of the result of the PCR test taken at the airport, you must continue to self-isolate until you have done so for 7 days. On the eighth day you must have another PCR test. These can be taken at some hospitals, private health clinics or at a drive through testing facility at Muscat airport. If the result is negative you can have your tracking bracelet removed and end your self-isolation. You may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    *Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure: On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: beaches; mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

    Read more
    30.11.2020
  • Oman Latest News: Overnight curfew begins 11 October to help contain COVID-19 (Egypt Today, 09.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Before you travel – To enter Oman, you will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours or less before your arrival in Oman. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to produce.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    Travel by air – Travellers with valid residence visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the government of Oman’s approval.
    Travel by land – In exceptional circumstances, travellers with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website.
    Screening on arrival – On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility.
    All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR test (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point.
    If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet.
    Data collection – Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    Testing on departure – On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are either closed, have limited access or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: beaches; mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

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    13.11.2020
  • Oman Latest News: Overnight curfew begins 11 October to help contain COVID-19 (Egypt Today, 09.10.2020). India/Oman reach air travel arrangement; some restrictions reported amid COVID-19 concerns (Live Mint, 01.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Before you travel – To enter Oman, you will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours or less before your arrival in Oman. You should check with your airline what documentation they require you to produce.
    You will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    Travel by air – Travellers with valid residence visas can enter Oman. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani MFA at consular@mofa.gov.om. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the government of Oman’s approval.
    Travel by land – In exceptional circumstances, travellers with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website.
    Screening on arrival – On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility.
    All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR test (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You can pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point.
    If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet.
    Data collection – Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    Testing on departure – On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani Government have announced a curfew from 11 – 24 October 2020 between 8pm – 5am. All shops and public places will be closed during this time and movement will be prohibited.
    The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

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    03.11.2020
  • Oman Latest News: Overnight curfew begins 11 October to help contain COVID-19 (Egypt Today, 09.10.2020). India/Oman reach air travel arrangement; some restrictions reported amid COVID-19 concerns (Live Mint, 01.10.2020). International flights will resume on 1 October (Reuters, 07.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Travel by air- A limited schedule of international flights resumed on 1 October 2020. Only Omani citizens and foreign nationals with valid residence visas can enter. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) at consular@mofa.gov.om.
    Before you travel – To enter Oman, you will need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ track and trace application (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Muscat, you should download it before you travel. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    *Travel by land- In exceptional circumstances, foreign nationals with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. foreign nationals can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE but they must have prior permission from the Emirati immigration authorities and meet UAE covid-testing entry criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and travel advice for the UAE.
    *Screening on arrival – On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility.
    All arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You should pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet, and you may be charged a small additional fee to have the bracelet removed.
    *Quarantine requirements – The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. If your PCR test result was negative, and you are staying in Oman for less than 7 days, you can end your self-isolation. Regardless of the PCR test result, if you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you must continue to self-isolate for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period.
    * Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet.
    *Testing on departure- On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani Government have announced a curfew from 11 – 24 October 2020 between 8pm – 5am. All shops and public places will be closed during this time and movement will be prohibited.
    The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

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    26.10.2020
  • Oman Latest News: India/Oman reach air travel arrangement; some restrictions reported amid COVID-19 concerns (Live Mint, 01.10.2020). International flights will resume on 1 October (Reuters, 07.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Travel by air- The Omani government has announced that international flights can resume a limited schedule from 1 October 2020. Initially, only Omani citizens and foreign nationals with valid residence visas are likely to be able to enter. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) at consular@mofa.gov.om. Before you travel: To enter Oman, you will need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ track and trace application (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Muscat, you should download it before you travel. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment.
    *Travel by land- In exceptional circumstances, foreign nationals with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. foreign nationals can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE but they must have prior permission from the Emirati immigration authorities and meet UAE covid-testing entry criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and travel advice for the UAE. *Screening on arrival- On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. From 1 October 2020, all arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You should pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. *Quarantine requirements- The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. If your PCR test result was negative, and you are staying in Oman for less than 7 days, you can end your self-isolation. Regardless of the PCR test result, if you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you must continue to self-isolate for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. * Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet. *Testing on departure- On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay.
    *Public places and services: The Omani Government have announced a curfew from 11 – 24 October 2020 between 8pm – 5am. All shops and public places will be closed during this time and movement will be prohibited.
    The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites.

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    09.10.2020
  • Oman Latest News: International flights will resume on 1 October (Reuters, 07.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry to Oman: *Travel by air- The Omani government has announced that international flights can resume a limited schedule from 1 October 2020. Initially, only Omani citizens and foreign nationals with valid residence visas are likely to be able to enter. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) at consular@mofa.gov.om. *Before you travel: To enter Oman, you will need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ track and trace application (available on iOS and Android phones). While you can do this on arrival in Muscat, you should download it before you travel. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. You must also be able to show you have travel/health insurance for the duration of your stay, covering at least 30 days of coronavirus treatment. *Travel by land- In exceptional circumstances, foreign nationals with residency status in Oman can enter through the land border from UAE but must have prior permission from the Omani authorities (Royal Oman Police immigration) and meet UAE covid-testing exit criteria. foreign nationals can also cross the land border from Oman into the UAE but they must have prior permission from the Emirati immigration authorities and meet UAE covid-testing entry criteria. For more details check the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website and travel advice for the UAE. *Screening on arrival- On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. From 1 October 2020, all arrivals (over the age of 15) will be required to have a PCR (nasal swab) at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test. You should pay for this test through the Tarassud+ App before you arrive in Oman. You will then receive a QR code that you can show at the screening point. If you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you will also be required (if you are over the age of 15) to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of your self-isolation. There is a charge (also payable through the Tarassud+ application) of 6 Omani Riyals for the bracelet. *Quarantine requirements- The results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to your registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). You should self-isolate until you receive the result. If your PCR test result was negative, and you are staying in Oman for less than 7 days, you can end your self-isolation. Regardless of the PCR test result, if you are staying in Oman for more than 7 days, you must continue to self-isolate for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can self-isolate either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. * Data collection: Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. Through that app, or on arrival, you will need to pay 19 Omani Riyals for a PCR test (testing on arrival) and, if you are staying more than 7 days, an additional 6 Omani Riyals for a tracking bracelet. *Testing on departure- On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Oman: Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution. *Accommodation: Hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your hotel directly to find out what rules are in place during your stay. *Public places and services: The Omani government has stated that no public gatherings should take place, and masks should be worn in public places. The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman:
    • mosques and other places of worship;
    • events and conferences;
    • most tourist sites.

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    29.09.2020
  • Oman International flights will resume on 1 October (Reuters, 07.09.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Oman suspended all international flights on Sunday 29 March and land borders are closed. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the Government of Oman’s approval. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. All foreign nationals must have valid health insurance. Anyone entering Oman must quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can do so either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. On arrival, you may be asked to pay OMR5 for a tracking bracelet. On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place. Restrictions are in place in Dhofar governorate banning all travel to and from the governorate at any time. Police patrols and checkpoints have been increased to ensure that these measures are enforced.
    Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account ) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution. Some hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact the hotels directly, to find out what rules are in place during your stay. The government has stated that masks should be worn in public places.
    The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites (including beaches, wadis and picnic areas).
    Shopping malls have reopened but restrictions are in place. No person below the age of 12 or over the age of 60 may enter a shopping mall. Shoppers must wear masks and temperature checks may be carried out. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place.

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    08.09.2020
  • Oman Ban on scheduled flights expected to continue (Gulf News, 31.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Oman suspended all international flights on Sunday 29 March and land borders are closed. All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the Government of Oman’s approval. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. All foreign nationals must have valid health insurance. Anyone entering Oman must quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can do so either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. On arrival, you may be asked to pay OMR5 for a tracking bracelet. On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place. Restrictions are in place in Dhofar governorate banning all travel to and from the governorate at any time. Police patrols and checkpoints have been increased to ensure that these measures are enforced.
    Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account [https://twitter.com/omanvscovid19]) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution. Some hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact the hotels directly, to find out what rules are in place during your stay. The government has stated that masks should be worn in public places. The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites (including beaches, wadis and picnic areas). Shopping malls have reopened but restrictions are in place. No person below the age of 12 or over the age of 60 may enter a shopping mall. Shoppers must wear masks and temperature checks may be carried out. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place.

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    02.09.2020
  • Oman Authorities to end ban on night movement 15 August amid COVID-19 pandemic (Reuters, 14.08.2020). Oman will on Saturday 8 August lift a domestic ban on travel between governorates. It will also reduce its curfew for a week to the period between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., instead of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. A full lockdown of the Dhofar governorate in the south will be maintained until further notice.(Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are currently limited scheduled commercial flights to Oman. You can find the details of these flights on the oman air facebook page, [https://www.facebook.com/omanair], Twitter [https://twitter.com/omanair], or Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/omanairofficial/]. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. Omani citizens are able to return to Oman without a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Non Omani citizens are required to gain a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [consular@mofa.gov.com] via their embassy, sponsor, or by Oman”s national airlines (Oman Air and Salam Air). When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accomodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accomodation.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place. Restrictions are in place in Dhofar governorate banning all travel to and from the governorate at any time. Police patrols and checkpoints have been increased to ensure that these measures are enforced.
    Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account) [https://twitter.com/omanvscovid19] for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution. Some hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
    The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; most tourist sites (including beaches, wadis and picnic areas); souqs; restaurants and cafes (including in hotels) except for takeaway/delivery; gyms, spas and hairdressers. Shopping malls have reopened but restrictions are in place. No person below the age of 12 or over the age of 60 may enter a shopping mall. Shoppers must wear masks and temperature checks may be carried out. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place.

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    15.08.2020
  • Oman Oman will on Saturday 8 August lift a domestic ban on travel between governorates. It will also reduce its curfew for a week to the period between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., instead of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. A full lockdown of the Dhofar governorate in the south will be maintained until further notice.(Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are currently limited scheduled commercial flights to Oman. You can find the details of these flights on the oman air facebook page, [https://www.facebook.com/omanair], Twitter [https://twitter.com/omanair], or Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/omanairofficial/]. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. Omani citizens are able to return to Oman without a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Non Omani citizens are required to gain a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [consular@mofa.gov.com] via their embassy, sponsor, or by Oman”s national airlines (Oman Air and Salam Air). When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accomodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accomodation.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, nationwide restrictions are currently in place, prohibiting travel within and between governorates from 9pm to 5am until the 15th of August. Additional restrictions are also in place in Dhofar governorate banning all travel to and from the governorate at any time. Police patrols and checkpoints have been increased to ensure that these measures are enforced. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account https://twitter.com/OmanVSCovid19) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.

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    11.08.2020
  • Oman Oman will on Saturday 8 August lift a domestic ban on travel between governorates. It will also reduce its curfew for a week to the period between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., instead of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. A full lockdown of the Dhofar governorate in the south will be maintained until further notice.(Reuters, 05.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are currently limited scheduled commercial flights to Oman. You can find the details of these flights on the oman air facebook page, [https://www.facebook.com/omanair], Twitter [https://twitter.com/omanair], or Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/omanairofficial/]. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. Omani citizens are able to return to Oman without a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Non Omani citizens are required to gain a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via their embassy, sponsor, or by Oman”s national airlines (Oman Air and Salam Air).

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches or in wadis, should take place. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, nationwide restrictions are currently in place, prohibiting travel within and between governorates from 9pm to 5am until the 15th of August. Additional restrictions are also in place in Dhofar governorate banning all travel to and from the governorate at any time. Police patrols and checkpoints have been increased to ensure that these measures are enforced. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account https://twitter.com/OmanVSCovid19) for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution.

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    09.08.2020
  • Oman
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    International restrictions:

    There are currently limited scheduled commercial flights ex-to Oman. On arrival in Oman you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus you may be sent to a testing centre and/or a quarantine facility. All foreign nationals must have valid health insurance. Anyone entering Oman must quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals with resident status can do so either at their home in Oman or other in other accommodation (eg hotels) with proof of their ability to cover living costs during that period. Prior to travelling, you should download the Tarassud+ track and trace application. On arrival, you may be asked to pay OMR5 for a tracking bracelet. On departure you will have your temperature checked. If you show symptoms of coronavirus, you may be prevented from travelling.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 21 July the Government of Oman announced a nationwide lockdown to take effect from 25 July. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, from 25 July to 8 August, it will not be possible to travel between governorates. During that period, from 7pm to 6am each day, all movement and gatherings will be banned and public places and shops will be closed. Police patrols and checkpoints will be increased to ensure that the lockdown is enforced. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. You should monitor local news sources or official social media accounts (including the Oman VS COVID19 twitter account [https://twitter.com/omanvscovid19] for the latest information. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places. Failure to follow these instructions could result in a fine and/or prosecution. Some hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). The following places are closed, or could be subject to temporary closure by the authorities at short notice, across Oman: mosques and other places of worship;

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    29.07.2020
  • Oman

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    International restrictions:

    Oman suspended all commercial international flights on Sunday 29 March and land borders are closed. Subject to demand, Oman Air is operating ad hoc special flights to London Heathrow and occasionally other European destinations. Information about these flights, along with details of how to book, will appear in the English-language local media and on Oman Air’s social media sites (but not their website): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 21 July the Government of Oman announced a nationwide lockdown to take effect from 25 July. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, from 25 July to 8 August, it will not be possible to travel between governorates. During that period, from 7pm to 6am each day, all movement and gatherings will be banned and public places and shops will be closed. Police patrols and checkpoints will be increased to ensure that the lockdown is enforced. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. The local authorities have stated that face masks must be worn in all public places.Some hotels are open (though hotel amenities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Contact your travel agent, or hotels direct, to find out what rules are in place during your stay.

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    26.07.2020
  • Oman Oman will start allowing its citizens to fly outside the country; lockdown in Dhofar and Masirah will remain. (Reuters, 14.07.2020). Some domestic flights resume after being grounded (Time of oman, 02.07.2020). Oman has restricted the entry of all travelers except for nationals of Oman. Government will ban travel between all governorates from 25 July through 8 August to prevent spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 21.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    All international passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice. A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights. All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis. All cruise ships are also banned from docking at Omani ports.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Oman will ban travel between all its governorates from July 25 to Aug. 8, a period that includes a Muslim holiday, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. It will also implement a daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the period, which includes the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday period. Shops and public spaces will be closed during the hours of curfew.Oman has resumed some of its domestic flights between Muscat and some airports of oil fields and commercial helicopters as of 1 July. The following places are closed across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; all tourist sites (including wadis and picnic areas); all shops in shopping malls (except supermarkets, clinics, pharmacies and opticians); souqs and other traditional markets; restaurants and cafes (including in hotels) except for takeaway/delivery; gyms, spas and hairdressers. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches, should take place. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. The Oman VS COVID19 twitter account should be monitored for the latest information.

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    22.07.2020
  • Oman Oman will start allowing its citizens to fly outside the country; lockdown in Dhofar and Masirah will remain. (Reuters, 14.07.2020). Some domestic flights resume after being grounded (Time of oman, 02.07.2020). Oman has restricted the entry of all travelers except for nationals of Oman. Government will ban travel between all governorates from 25 July through 8 August to prevent spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 21.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice. A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights. All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis. All cruise ships are also banned from docking at Omani ports.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Oman will ban travel between all its governorates from July 25 to Aug. 8, a period that includes a Muslim holiday, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. It will also implement a daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the period, which includes the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday period. Shops and public spaces will be closed during the hours of curfew.Oman has resumed some of its domestic flights between Muscat and some airports of oil fields and commercial helicopters as of 1 July. The following places are closed across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; all tourist sites (including wadis and picnic areas); all shops in shopping malls (except supermarkets, clinics, pharmacies and opticians); souqs and other traditional markets; restaurants and cafes (including in hotels) except for takeaway/delivery; gyms, spas and hairdressers. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches, should take place. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. The Oman VS COVID19 twitter account should be monitored for the latest information.

    *****Relaxation Measures:
    Certain domestic restrictions have been eased, including the termination of checkpoints, except for those operating on entry and exit points of Muscat province, as well as reopening of certain businesses. Authorities have announced that the following areas will remain under health isolation until at least 29 May: Muscat province; Muttrah province; Commercial market area in the province of Jalan Bani Bu Ali. The recent amendments will allow the reopening of several businesses including (but not limited to) foreign exchange services, shops selling electronic equipment, automobile parts and repair services, and car rentaloffices, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and take health precautions outlined by the authorities. Access to/from Muscat governorate closed until at least 22.00 on 29 May. People are encouraged to stay at home unless travelling for essential food or services. Exemptions are made for:employees in the public or private sector who need to be at a certain location to fulfil their duties; ambulance and emergency service vehicles; military and security vehicles; commercial vehicles; and exceptional cases for citizens or residents based on assessment from the authorities manning the checkpoint. All parks, play areas, social gatherings and Friday prayers are banned until further notice. Curfew on minors implemented indicates that all people under the age of 18 must remain indoors from 19.00 to 06.00. Suspension of all public transport including all buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses until further notice. Buses and ferries heading to Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah are exempt from the new restrictions.

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    21.07.2020
  • Oman Some domestic flights resume after being grounded (Time of oman, 02.07.2020). Oman has restricted the entry of all travelers except for nationals of Oman.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice. A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights. All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis. All cruise ships are also banned from docking at Omani ports.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Oman has resumed some of its domestic flights between Muscat and some airports of oil fields and commercial helicopters as of 1 July.
    The following places are closed across Oman: mosques and other places of worship; events and conferences; all tourist sites (including wadis and picnic areas); all shops in shopping malls (except supermarkets, clinics, pharmacies and opticians); souqs and other traditional markets; restaurants and cafes (including in hotels) except for takeaway/delivery; gyms, spas and hairdressers. The government has stated that no public gatherings, including on beaches, should take place. Restrictions on road travel within Oman, including police checkpoints, might be introduced at short notice. The Oman VS COVID19 twitter account should be monitored for the latest information.

    *****Relaxation Measures:
    Certain domestic restrictions have been eased, including the termination of checkpoints, except for those operating on entry and exit points of Muscat province, as well as reopening of certain businesses. Authorities have announced that the following areas will remain under health isolation until at least 29 May: Muscat province; Muttrah province; Commercial market area in the province of Jalan Bani Bu Ali. The recent amendments will allow the reopening of several businesses including (but not limited to) foreign exchange services, shops selling electronic equipment, automobile parts and repair services, and car rentaloffices, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and take health precautions outlined by the authorities. Access to/from Muscat governorate closed until at least 22.00 on 29 May. People are encouraged to stay at home unless travelling for essential food or services. Exemptions are made for:employees in the public or private sector who need to be at a certain location to fulfil their duties; ambulance and emergency service vehicles; military and security vehicles; commercial vehicles; and exceptional cases for citizens or residents based on assessment from the authorities manning the checkpoint. All parks, play areas, social gatherings and Friday prayers are banned until further notice. Curfew on minors implemented indicates that all people under the age of 18 must remain indoors from 19.00 to 06.00. Suspension of all public transport including all buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses until further notice. Buses and ferries heading to Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah are exempt from the new restrictions.

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    02.07.2020
  • Oman Oman has restricted the entry of all travelers except for nationals of Oman.

    International restrictions:

    All international and domestic passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice. A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights. All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis. All cruise ships are also banned from docking at Omani ports.

    Internal restrictions:

    Certain domestic restrictions have been eased, including the termination of checkpoints, except for those operating on entry and exit points of Muscat province, as well as reopening of certain businesses. Authorities have announced that the following areas will remain under health isolation until at least 29 May: Muscat province; Muttrah province; Commercial market area in the province of Jalan Bani Bu Ali. The recent amendments will allow the reopening of several businesses including (but not limited to) foreign exchange services, shops selling electronic equipment, automobile parts and repair services, and car rentaloffices, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and take health precautions outlined by the authorities. Access to/from Muscat governorate closed until at least 22.00 on 29 May. People are encouraged to stay at home unless travelling for essential food or services. Exemptions are made for:employees in the public or private sector who need to be at a certain location to fulfil their duties; ambulance and emergency service vehicles; military and security vehicles; commercial vehicles; and exceptional cases for citizens or residents based on assessment from the authorities manning the checkpoint. All parks, play areas, social gatherings and Friday prayers are banned until further notice. Curfew on minors implemented indicates that all people under the age of 18 must remain indoors from 19.00 to 06.00. Suspension of all public transport including all buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses until further notice. Buses and ferries heading to Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah are exempt from the new restrictions.

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    26.05.2020
  • Oman Oman suspends all flights from March 29, except cargo and flights to Musandam (State TV, 24.03.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All international and domestic passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice.
    A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights.
    All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Internal restrictions:

    International restrictions:

    All international and domestic passenger flights (including transit) are suspended until further notice.
    A daily flight will continue to operate between the capital’s Muscat International Airport (MCT) and Khasab Airport (KHS, Musandam governorate), as well as cargo flights.
    All non-Omani nationals are barred entry until further notice. This ban includes Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and foreign nationals holding valid tourist, business and residency visas. Airport transits remain unaffected. Foreign nationals will be permitted to depart the country during this time, although Omani citizens will not be. Exceptions for Omanis may be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Suspension of all public transport including all buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses until further notice.
    Buses and ferries heading to Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah are exempt from the new restrictions.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Oman Government/
    Ministry of Health/
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