Oman (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health Insurance is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 7 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.04.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Oman;
– passengers with a visa issued by Oman;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. The test result must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 16 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty.
3. 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.
4. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 16 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 7 days at their own expense.
6. Passengers must have a hotel reservation confirmation. The hotel must be booked at https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/accommodation/type or via the Hmushrif app.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Oman;
– passengers younger than 18 years traveling alone;
– passengers older than 60 years;
– passengers with an authorization from the Health Authorities;
– passengers with a permit for private institutional isolation centers that are pre-approved by the Relief and Shelter Sector.
7. Passengers must have insurance to cover COVID-19 medical expenses in Oman for a period of one month.
– This does not apply to nationals of Oman.
8. Passengers must download the Tarassud+ app and the Hmushrif app before departure.
9. Suspension of all visa on arrival facilities.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Anyone who is a citizen or has a visa may enter the country – provided they provide a COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of their arrival in Oman and again eight days after arrival. They must also quarantine for seven days upon arrival.

All arrivals into the Sultanate must book accommodation in hotels and institutional isolation via the Sahala platform on https://covid19.emushrif.om/. You are not allowed to self-isolate.

Travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh or transiting through these three countries during the last 14 days will not be able to get visas and are banned from entering Oman from 6pm on April 24, until further notice.
 

Lockdown Details

Event bans

The government is beginning to loosen the ban on public gatherings.

There is a ban on all forms of gatherings at rest houses, farms, winter camps and other places.

All sports are banned until further notice.

People are forbidden from holding family gatherings inside houses or anywhere else.

There is a total ban on all types of gatherings, like Iftar-Sa’im, in mosques, tents or public assembling places, as well as all social, sports and cultural activities and any other group activities throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

Mosques and places of worship with capacity of more than 400 can open for 25 minutes during each of the five daily prayers. Friday prayers are still currently banned.

Commercial closures

Shops, restaurants and coffee shops may only operate at 50% capacity.

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to enter shops and commercial establishments.

All commercial activities across the Sultanate of Oman have been ordered to close from 9pm to 4am through May 12.

Restaurants, cafes and home delivery services will need to adhere to the curfew, gas stations, health institutions and private pharmacies will be exempt.

Remote work

Public sector offices have reduced onsite staff to 50% of normal. Other staff should work from home.

Private sector businesses should implement remote work wherever possible, however, offices are now allowed to open.

They are being asked to limit the in-office workforce to 70% it’s normal level.

Schools

Public schools kindergarten through grade 11 are to provide online learning until further notice.

Grade 12 pupils will receive a program of blended learning.

Nurseries and daycares are not yet allowed to open.

Students’ return to universities and colleges has been postponed indefinitely.

Face masks
Masks must be worn in all public places. Police can issue fines or arrest those who do not comply.
 

Sources

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/463626/oman-authorities-to-bar-entry-to-foreigners-from-april-8-due-to-covid-19-activity-impose-2100-0400-nightly-curfew-during-ramadan-update-45
Data Source: covidcontrols.co