Muscat: Airlines not following the regulations aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Oman will face legal action, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said.
The news came as part of the plans drawn up by the body for flights to operate in the country, shortly after the reopening of Oman’s ports of entry was announced. The measures to be followed were sent in a circular to all the airlines.
“Airlines must take the necessary measures to ensure that the requirements to enter the Sultanate under this circular are implemented. Legal action will be taken against the offending airlines,” said the government body.
Diplomats returning or arriving to the Sultanate must also now spend seven days in quarantine before returning to their duties. However, they are exempt from taking PCR tests, registering on the Tarassud+ app, and wearing the associated tracking bracelet.
“Scheduled international flights will continue to operate under the designated national air carriers of each country, according to the agreed-upon coordination with these countries, taking into account the applicable procedures in each country for operating scheduled flights,” said the CAA.
“Due to the ongoing implementation of COVID-19 precautionary measures, and as an exception to the air transport rights between the Sultanate and a number of countries, flights will continue to operate according to bilateral coordination,” the authority added.
Currently, citizens of the six GCC countries, as well as residents with valid permits, and passengers with the correct visas can enter Oman. All passengers arriving in Oman are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within a 72 hour period prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Oman. The COVID-19 PCR test shall be a validated and certified medical test result written in Arabic or English.
All passengers arriving to 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. The CAA added, “Before departure to the Sultanate of Oman, passengers must complete pre-registration via www.covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel for the PCR test in Oman, pay the OMR25 test fees and download Tarassud+. Airlines must not check in any passenger who has not completed this requirement.”
All passengers arriving to the Sultanate of Oman continue to be subject to COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, Tarrasud+ bracelet, quarantine for seven days, and a COVID-19 test on the eighth day.