People over 60 exempt from pre-booking of hotels for quarantine

Oman Tuesday 16/February/2021 12:16 PM
By: Times News Service
People over 60 exempt from pre-booking of hotels for quarantine
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Muscat: Children under the age of 15 and elders over 60 are exempt from hotel quarantine on entering the country, Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said.

Exceptions are also in place for diplomatic representatives to Oman, aircrews, passengers whose existing medical conditions mean they are unable to enter quarantine, and people who are allowed to spend their quarantine at other isolation centres.

“Sick passengers who obtain an exemption in writing from the concerned healthcare personnel owing to their current medical conditions, and holders of permits for private institutional isolation centres that are pre-approved by the Relief and Shelter Sector of the Ministry of Health are also exempted,” said an official from the CAA.

As part of the additional measures Oman is considering to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Minister of Health, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, has said the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 is considering halting the operation of flights to and from countries that see high numbers of increasing cases.

“The Supreme Committee is analysing data from many countries, especially those such as Tanzania,” he said. “We’ve seen 18 per cent of tests done on people from Tanzania come back positive. This is a very high number.

“For this reason, the Supreme Committee is considering stopping flights to countries where the disease is spreading in a worrying and dangerous manner,” he added.