Oman (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test 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: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 19.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Oman;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– passengers with a visa issued by Oman if in the past 14 days they have been in a country other than Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom or Viet Nam.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test in Arabic or English. Test of passengers arriving on flights that take:
– 8 hours or more, including transit; must be taken at most 96 hours before arrival;
– less than 8 hours; must be taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Oman who, after recovering from COVID-19, get a positive COVID-19 PCR test result. They must prove that they completed the quarantine period before taking the test;
– 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

Travelers arriving to Oman from any destination will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before their arrival in Oman and again eight days after arrival. Travelers should carry their negative test results with them as airlines and immigration officials may ask for proof of this requirement. All travelers will have to quarantine for minimum of seven days upon arrival. Compulsory institutional health isolation for all arrivals to the Sultanate through the various land, sea, and airports is mandatory and at their own expense. From 2 pm on March 29, 2021, all arrivals into the Sultanate must book accommodation in hotels and institutional isolation via the Sahala platform on https://covid19.emushrif.om/. Airlines are responsible for ensuring that the passenger is holding a confirmed booking via the Sahala platform. There is no longer an option to isolate in a private home setting, until further notice.

Travelers are required to have a valid health insurance policy to cover their stay in the Sultanate of Oman.

According to the requirements set by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), all arrivals are subject to a mandatory PCR test at the expense of the traveler when entering the Sultanate. PCR tests will have to be pre-booked on Tarassud+ mobile application prior to arrival in Oman. The application serves to gather all relevant passenger details and gives the users secure and easy access to pay for their PCR tests online, with the price per test set at 25 OMR. If the test findings are positive, passengers will have to abide by the self-isolation restrictions.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers must quarantine for seven days. A second COVID-19 PCR test is required after eight days.

Oman airports have set up Covid-19 testing facilities at Muscat International Airport, Salalah Airport, Sohar Airport, and Duqm Airport to help passengers undergo a PCR test and boost early detection and containment of the virus. Tests will have to be pre-booked via the Tarassud+ app with test findings to be communicated within 24 hours through the same app. The price set for the drive-through PCR tests is 25 OMR.

On April 21, 2021, the Supreme Committee announced that starting on April 24, 2021, travelers who are coming from the below 14 countries, or who passed through them in the past 14 days, cannot enter Oman: Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This suspension is in effect until further notice. Note: Omani citizens, diplomats, healthcare workers and their families are excluded.
 

Lockdown Details

There is a general curfew, a ban on commercial activities, and a closure of all public places effective from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

On July 06, 2021, the Government of Oman’s Supreme Committee on COVID announced curfew and closure and public spaces effective the following times:

-July 16 to July 19: from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
-July 20 to July 22: all day and all night starting 5 p.m. on July 19 to 4 a.m. on July
-The authorities may provide additional details on which activities may be exempt from the 24-hour closure and curfew.
-July 23 to July 31: from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Additionally, Oman’s COVID-19 Supreme Committee announced the following COVID-19 vaccine requirements effective July 9 at 5 p.m. for entry into the governorates of Musandam and Dhofar, which includes the cities of Salalah and Thumrait:

Citizens and residents of Oman 18 years or older are required to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Foreign visitors without resident status in Oman are required to have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses.
On June 19, 2021, the Government of Oman’s Supreme Committee on COVID-19 announced a new curfew starting Sunday, June 20, 2021 until further notice. From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., there will be a curfew, a ban on commercial activities, and a closure of all public places.

Pharmacies, hospitals, home delivery services, and airports will remain open. Individuals may continue to travel to and from airports but must carry a printed copy of their flight itinerary to present proof of travel at police inspection points.

The Embassy will remain open during its normal business hours.

On March 31, 2021, the Supreme Committee announced that effective April 4, 2021, direct attendance of students in private and international schools is suspended until further notice and access to education limited to distance learning, with the exception of students of the 12th grade.

On April 21, 2021, the Supreme Committee announced that effective April 24, 2021, children under the age of 12 are not allowed into malls and shops.
Pharmacies, hospitals, and the airport will remain open on these dates.
 

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