Muscat: Beginning Monday, citizens of Oman can enter the UAE through the land border.
A statement issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has said that the United Arab Emirates will allow Omanis to enter through land ports without prior approval and according to preventive and precautionary measures from November 16, 2020.
The statement said, “Based on the unstinting support and directives from the wise leadership, the United Arab Emirates has developed a systematic response plan to confront the effects of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure business continuity and to achieve recovery and restore growth within a record period.
"The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, announced the beginning of movement through land ports at the state level from Monday, November 16, 2020.”
“The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has said that the quarantine procedures for visitors coming into the country are in accordance with the local procedures followed in the various Emirates. However, if anyone has tested positive for COVID-19 at the border, he or she will be denied entry,” the statement added.
“Omani citizens are required to present a negative PCR test result, provided the pre-examination is from accredited laboratories in their country, and that the validity period of the test does not exceed 48 hours from the date of the test. They are also required to conduct a COVID-19 test at the ports upon arrival and follow all preventive and precautionary measures according to the approved protocols, in addition to installing the Al Hosn application. A PCR test is obligatory on the fourth day if they have stayed for four consecutive days in the UAE,” the statement confirmed.
An official from the Ministry of Health spoke exclusively to the Times of Oman about the procedures and conditions being followed at the Omani land outlets, “The procedures and conditions are the same as those followed at the Oman Airports. Everyone coming to Oman is required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Oman.
“The COVID-19 PCR test should be a validated and certified medical test result. A citizen who tests positive after recovering from COVID-19 is allowed to travel to Oman after providing proof that he has completed the prescribed quarantine period before taking the COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure from Oman.”
“The quarantine period has been amended to seven days from the date of arrival in Oman if the person who entered Oman has negative results for the COVID-19 PCR test conducted on arrival as well as for the COVID-19 PCR test conducted on the eighth day. If the person who entered Oman 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,” he added.
“Children of the age 15 years and below are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR tests as well as the tracking wristband. Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to Oman and diplomats visiting Oman are exempted from the COVID-19 requirements for passengers to and from Oman,” he confirmed.