Muscat: If you are traveling to, from, and through the airports of the Sultanate of Oman, you must read the following passenger requirements before you book your travel.
A statement issued online by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said: Based on the decision of the Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 all travelers to Oman are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival at the airport."
The requirements for entering the Sultanate through Oman Airports as featured in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Circular, effective from 10 December 2020 are as follows:
1- A COVID PCR 19 test before departure to the Sultanate of Oman is not required.
2- GCC citizens, residents with valid residency permits and passengers with a valid visa are allowed to enter the Sultanate without prior approval.
3- All passengers arriving at the Sultanate of Oman are required to have international health insurance covering the cost of treatment from COVID-19 for one month except for citizens, GCC nationals, and passengers with free treatment cards.
4- All travelers arriving in Oman from any destination will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at arrival.
5- In addition, the PCR test is mandatory on arrival and has to be pre-booked through https://covid19.emushrif.om
6- The cost for the PCR test on arrival is OMR 25 and includes the fitting of a tracking wristband for all Omani citizens and passengers staying longer than 7 days.
7- Test results will be available within 24 hours
8- The test report is available electronically on https://covid19.emushrif.om
9- The quarantine period is seven days from the date of arrival in Oman on the condition of getting a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test on the date of arrival and on the condition of conducting another test on day 8. If the passengers does not wish to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on the 8th day, they must remain in quarantine until they complete 14 days of quarantine from the date of arrival.
10- Children who are 15 years old and below are exempt from the COVID-19 PCR test and wristband tracking requirements.
11- Foreign diplomats of all embassies and diplomatic missions who reside in Oman and diplomatic officials visiting Oman are exempt from the COVID-19 PCR test and from fitting the wristband however the quarantine is mandatory.
12- Aircraft crew is exempted from the 14 days quarantine and subject to the precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health.
13- All other previously issued requirements for entry in the Sultanate of Oman remain in force.
Before booking a flight, passengers must consider the following requirements:
1- Omani citizens and residents can travel abroad without pre-approval.
2- Omani citizens shall have health insurance covering COVID-19 valid in the country they are traveling to.
3- Check the latest COVID-19 travel and testing requirements for your destination.
4- Consider online check-in, where possible, prior to arrival at the airport to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport.
5-Travelers need to be at the airport at least 3 hours before the official time of departure or 4 hours at most.
6- Never travel if you display coronavirus symptoms.
7- Thermal screening takes place at the airport to identify passengers with fever. If you have a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius or higher, you will be asked to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test.
8- If required, PCR tests can be done at the Airport Drive-through and Walk-in facilities, located in P5 car park in Muscat and at the Cargo terminal in Salalah (follow the road signs).
9- The cost of the PCR test is OMR 19.
10- Test results will be available within 24 hours.
Additionally, Oman Airports also issued the following guidelines:
1- You must have a valid air ticket to be allowed into the airport terminal building
2- Do not travel if you feel sick or have a fever.
3- Wear a face mask at all times while at the airport and during your trip.
4- Face masks must be changed every 4 hours, so please bring enough for your journey
5- Maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 meters inside the airport terminal.
6- Check-in online to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport.
7- Avoid carrying your phone or other items in your hands when going through the check-in process and security checkpoints.
8- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces, including mobile phones.
9- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
10- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
11- Cover your mouth and nose with a paper towel cover or a flexed elbow when sneezing or coughing, even when wearing a mask.
12- Avoid unnecessary contact with others, including handshaking and other greeting gestures.
13- Meeters and greeters are not allowed into the airport terminal, except for individuals accompanying passengers with special needs (one accompanying individual only).