Updated January 2023
A negative PCR test is an essential travel document mandated by Oman as one of the many restrictions put in place by the Sultanate to curb the spread of the virus. Here’s everything you need to know about PCR tests and entry regulations for your trip to Oman.
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PCR testing requirements in Oman for all arrivals
Travellers with valid visas, Omani citizens and residents with valid residency permits can enter the Sultanate without prior approval.
Passengers who have received two doses of any COVID-19 vaccine approved in Oman are allowed to enter the Sultanate of Oman without presenting a PCR test result, taking into consideration that the second dose must have been taken at least 14 days prior to the date of travel.
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Unvaccinated travellers to Oman (18 and above) will be required to present a negative PCR test taken at most 96 hours before arrival (if arriving on a flight that takes 8 hours or more). Or submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival (if arriving on a flight that takes less than 8 hours). Vaccine certificates and PCR tests must contain a QR code or be approved by the authorities in the country of departure.
Please note that if you are unsure if you meet the requirements (or consider you have exceptional circumstances) to enter Oman please speak to your nearest Oman Embassy and/or your sponsor in Oman.
What about testing at the airport?
All unvaccinated travellers will also need to undertake a PCR test on arrival at the Oman airport.
Face masks are mandatory at all times while at the airport and during your trip. Face masks must be changed every 4 hours. Travellers must adhere to the social distancing measures of at least 1.5 meters inside the airport terminal.
Testing in quarantine
Unvaccinated travellers should undergo institutional quarantine for 7 days and take a PCR test on day 8. RT-PCR tests can be booked at the traveller’s convenience on the eMushrif online platform.
Following are the exemptions for pre-arrival PCR testing:
- Fully vaccinated travellers who have received two doses of any approved vaccine are allowed to enter the Sultanate of Oman without presenting a PCR test result, taking into consideration that the second dose must have been taken at least 14 days prior to the date of travel.
- Travellers under 18.
- Those with medically confirmed health conditions that prevent them from taking an RT-PCR test are exempt, provided they obtain a medical certificate from an authorized healthcare facility explaining the medical condition.