Oman is open to tourism with 2 tests and mandatory 7-day quarantine

Oman is open to tourists from some countries, but all visitors must submit a health travel form, bring a negative result from the COVID-19 test done 72 hours before their arrival and be tested again once in the country.

They will also have to go through a 7-day quarantine and bring proof of health insurance.

Some airlines have resumed their international flights. Omani citizens and foreigners with valid residence, “express” business visa, tourist or family visit are currently allowed. (Source: Embassy of the United Kingdom)

There is a travel ban in effect for foreign visitors from Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.

Reopening of Oman – latest updates

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April 20 – Oman has reinstated night curfews and other restrictions.

Given the increase in cases and the high occupancy in hospitals (some are working at full capacity or above), the Oman authorities decided to tighten restrictions in the country during the holy month of Ramadan.

Restrictions include an evening curfew from 9 pm to 4 am and a ban on all religious, social, cultural, sporting or family gatherings. (Source)

April 1 – Oman reopens its beaches, but visitors must go alone

The Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19 has finally allowed the beaches to reopen to the public, but visitors must go alone. The regulations to contain the spread of the virus in Oman are strict and this new rule does not surprise allowed visitors.

Encounters of two or more people in public spaces are still prohibited, including on the beaches. These should only be used for exercise, maintaining social distance.

In addition, people can now collect meals and drinks for travel in restaurants after 8pm. It was banned until recently.

March 11

Oman extended its travel restrictions, domestic movement and trade until March 20. The change follows “a sharp increase in the number of infections and deaths due to the prevalence of new mutant variants of the virus”, as announced by the Supreme Committee in charge of administering the COVID-19 pandemic.

The travel ban applies to flights and travelers whose journey originates in Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone or Ethiopia.

Beaches and public parks are closed and there is a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am for all commercial establishments, including restaurants and cafes (even for collection or delivery).

February 17

Oman tightened its restrictions. All arrivals must be tested on arrival and immediately quarantined for 7 days at a hotel, and tested again for COVID on day 8. Shorter visits are not allowed. (Source)

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Vaccination in Oman finally started in February. To date, about 100,000 doses have been administered.

Vaccination progress

January 2021

All travelers arriving in Oman must undergo quarantine and 7-day tests.

December 4 – Visas

Oman government resumed issuing some types of visas. An interesting fact about entering Oman is that some travelers can apply for entry approval through their airlines. Find more information about this process at [email protected]

November 20 – New flights

Oman’s airlines have announced new flight connections with Chennai and Hyderabad. There will be 2 flights a week, starting on November 19th. (Source: Oman Air Twitter)

Who can enter Oman during COVID?

Oman has reopened its borders for international flights. These groups can enter the country:

  • Citizens of Oman
  • GCC Nationals
  • Diplomats and foreigners with valid residence
  • Foreigners with valid residence, “express” business, tourist or family visit visas.

Can Americans enter Oman?

Yes. US citizens and residents can visit Oman. They must comply with country protocols and requirements.

What should travelers expect at the port of entry and once in the country?

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Oman, whose capital Muscat has been voted “The best cultural city in the world to visit” and also “The capital of Arab tourism”, is a place you may want to visit in the near future.

  • There is a national curfew in effect at the moment and intercity travel is restricted.
  • Masks are mandatory in public and there is a fine for those who do not comply.
  • All foreigners entering Oman must prove that they are covered by health insurance.
  • National and foreign nationals with entry permission must be quarantined for 14 days at home or in a hotel on their own. You will need to prove that your residence / hotel meets the requirements to spend the fortnight.
  • Be aware that the government may ask you to register for the Tarassaud app (IOS/Android) and wear a tracking bracelet during quarantine.

When flights to Oman start operating?

Oman Air officially announced the return of its international operations to and from Oman as of October 1. Now you just need to book a flight with them through their website, instead of waiting for charter flights.

Is it safe to visit Oman during a pandemic?

From April 20 Oman has 182,693 confirmed COVID cases and 1,909 deaths caused by the virus. Daily case rates have increased in recent weeks.

The CDC organization does not recommend traveling to Oman as it is under alert level 4 at the moment. Only essential trips are recommended. (Source: CDC.gov)

Is the government of Oman taking effective measures to slow the spread of the pandemic?

Oman is one of the countries that work closely with national and international health authorities to implement effective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, the government of Oman is committed to providing its citizens and residents universal health coverage and free treatment coverage for COVID-19 infection.

What activities can travelers do in Oman during COVID?

As of February 11, 2021, the government of Oman has decided to close the following locations again,

Why should travelers keep Oman on their list of must-see places?

  • First of all – this country is safe to visit – Regardless of its geographical location, Oman has managed to keep its territory practically free from problems.
  • Sultan Qaboos Mosque is a beautiful mosque in Muscat commissioned by Sultan Qaboos from Iranian artists from Neyshabur. A place worth visiting.
  • It’s not a desert, the country is full of natural beauty.
Camels in Salalah Oman
Camels in Salalah Oman

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