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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions and exemptions
- Entry is restricted to only Oman nationals and residents with visa issued before 5 April 2021, as well as diplomatic personnel and health ministry employees. GCC nationals are allowed to enter only if they are residents in Oman.
- Suspension of entry to the Sultanate to the arrivals from countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines and those who are arriving from any other country if they have passed any of the mentioned countries within 14 days prior to the request to enter the Sultanate. Omani citizens, diplomats and healthcare workers and their families are exempt from the measure.
- The closure of land borders has been extended until further notice. Citizens that wish to return to Oman via land borders will be permitted provided they adhere to a seven-day self-isolation period. Passengers may be subject to additional measures imposed at each border post.
- All cruise ships are banned from docking at Omani ports.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- People allowed into Oman who arrive on flights shorter than eight hours must present a negative result from a PCR COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival, while those who arrive on flights longer than eight hours should present PCR test certificate taken maximum 96 hours before arrival. The COVID-19 PCR test must be a validated and certified medical test result written in Arabic or English.
- All passengers arriving in Oman are subject to a PCR COVID-19 test on arrival.
- Both PCR tests upon arrival and after quarantine (See quarantine section) may be pre-booked via the Tarrasud+ mobile application, prior to arrival.

• Exemptions
- Aircraft crews, and children 15 years of age and under are exempt from COVID-19 PCR test and Tarassud+ bracelet (used during quarantine).
- Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to the Sultanate of Oman and diplomats visiting the Sultanate are exempt from COVID-19 PCR test, Tarassud+ and the bracelet. However, they are subject to a seven-day quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- All travellers will have to wear a Tarrasud+ bracelet and quarantine for seven days at a government-designated hotel which can be booked through the Sahala platform (https://covid19.emushrif.om/).
Omani citizens are exempt from staying in a government designated facility. However, they still need to follow the same rules at their accomodation (for more exempted groups, see cell below).
- During the quarantine period, a tracking Tarrasud+ bracelet must be worn by travellers. If the result of the PCR test conducted on the eighth day is negative, the bracelet can be removed and quarantine can end. If the test result is positive, the traveller must remain in quarantine for a further ten days starting from the time of the sample collection. Travel to Oman for a period of less than eight days is not permitted.
- The following categories of arriving passengers are exempted from pre-confirmed hotel reservations before they are checked at the airport of departure:
diplomats and their families;
aircrew members;
Passengers aged 18 years old and below if travelling alone;
passengers aged 60 and above;
sick passengers who obtain an exemption in writing from the concerned health authorities due to their medical circumstances;
holders of permits for private institutional isolation centers that are pre-approved by the Relief & Shelter Sector, guests arriving with a guarantee letter from their sponsor, confirming the provision of MoH approved quarantine facilities, are exempted from institutional quarantine but shall remain in the quarantine facility provided by their sponsor.

• Additional tests in quarantine?
They must take another PCR test on the eighth day (at their own expense).
(Until further notice)
Other
- 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 card.
- Foreign nationals must have international health insurance that covers the cost of the treatment for COVID-19 during their stay in Oman.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions and exemptions
- The closure of land borders has been extended until further notice.
- Travel to Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and the United Kingdom is banned until further notice. Omani citizens, diplomats and healthcare workers and their families are exempt from the measure.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
A nationwide curfew is in place from 20.00 to 05.00 until further notice. All movement and commercial activities are suspended during curfew hours except for essential and home-delivery services.
(until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
shops and other non-essential businesses will be closed from 20.00 to 05.00.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Oman

COVID-19 information for Oman

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The country is accustomed to foreign business visitors, who face few security threats. Crime rates are low by international standards and violent crime is rare. In addition, anti-Western sentiment is currently far less prevalent than in other Gulf states. However, visitors may encounter hostility if they offend local customs and sensibilities. Occasional demonstrations do not pose a significant political or security risk. Detention of foreigners is uncommon and is likely in cases of defamation, significant traffic violations or for crimes deemed serious, such as alcohol-related offences.

Oman has never experienced a major terrorist attack, though several factors such as permeable borders with Saudi Arabia and Yemen, a pro-Western orientation and lax security around commercial and tourist facilities, as well as the presence of US and UK military forces mean that a terrorist attack in the country is possible.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Oman
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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PolioProof of polio vaccination is required for
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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