Muscat: The Civil Aviation Authority has announced lifting the travel ban on red-listed countries starting at 12 pm (Oman local time) on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. If you are travelling to Oman from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh or the other 18 red-listed countries, here's all you need to know:
Who can enter?
All Omani citizens, resident visa holders of Oman, those who do not require a visa to travel to Oman, and those who can obtain a visa upon arrival are allowed to enter Oman in accordance with the pre-covid system.
Being fully immunised can help you get around mandatory quarantine, provided gone with one of these Oman-approved vaccines: AstraZeneca / Covishield, AstraZeneca / Oxford, Pfizer / BioNTech, Sinovac, or Sputnik V.
PCR test certificate
A negative PCR certificate, along with the QR code, can help you bypass quarantine as well. If your flight is longer than eight hours, transit included, the result is valid for a test conducted 96 hours prior to arrival in Oman. For shorter flights, you need to have tested negative under 72 hours of entry into the country.
To enter Oman, you need to have completed registration on the Tarassud + app.
Test on arrival
If you would rather get the PCR test upon arrival, you will have to register for it on Tarassud + and pay for it before you board. Once in Oman, you will be tested and given an e-bracelet to wear until your results are ready. In case you test positive, you are required to quarantine for seven days and then get tested again. Your quarantine ends upon receiving a negative PCR test result.
Had COVID already?
If you have recovered from the infection before travelling, you will be exempt from quarantine if you submit proof that you have isolated for the required number of days prior to departure.