Muscat: People coming to Oman from overseas who do not wish to take a PCR test after seven days of quarantine will need to spend two weeks in isolation, from the time they arrive in the country.
According to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), all passengers, excluding children under the age of 15, and diplomats entering the country, must accordingly take PCR tests, both before departing for the Sultanate, and after coming to the country.
“All passengers arriving in Oman are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test report conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled time of arrival in Oman,” said the government body in its circular. “The COVID-19 PCR test must be a valid, certified result from a medical centre.
“The quarantine period is amended to seven days from the date of arrival in Oman, if the passenger’s COVID-19 PCR test conducted on arrival, and another COVID-19 PCR test conducted on the 8th day, show negative results,” said the Civil Aviation Authority.”
“If the passenger does not wish to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on the eighth day, the quarantine will continue for 14 days from the date of arrival,” they added.
Omanis who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, and wish to enter the country, are required to show documentation which states they have recovered from the disease, and completed the mandated quarantine period before taking their PCR test prior to taking off for Oman.
The rules announced by the Civil Aviation Authority over taking a PCR test 96 hours before arriving in Oman come into effect from November 9, 2019.
“Children aged 15 years and below are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR tests and from wearing the tracking wristband,” said the body. “Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to Oman, and diplomats visiting Oman are exempted from the COVID-19 requirements announced for passengers travelling to and from Oman.”
All other safety requirements for passengers, as issued in previous guidelines, are still in effect. Airlines operating to the Sultanate must ensure these measures are enacted. Legal action will be taken against airlines that violate these rules.