Oman is open to tourists from some countries but all visitors must submit a health travel form, bring a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival, get retested once in the country and bring proof of health insurance.
Additionally, all visitors must book accommodation in hotels and institutional isolation via the Sahala platform on https://covid19.emushrif.om/.
Some airlines resumed their international flights. Omani citizens and foreign nationals with valid residence, business “express”, tourist or family visit visas are currently allowed entry. (Source: U.K embassy)
Oman Reopening – Latest Updates
July 20 – Oman indefinitely banned flights from 22 countries on July 19
Omani authorities amended the list of countries not allowed to enter the Sultanate.
Singapore and Brunei are now allowed entry, while other countries such as Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Argentina, Colombia and the UK will be banned “indefinitely.”
Also, visitors from other countries but who have travel history to the aforementioned will be denied entry.
These actions have been taken as part of the country’s measures to contain the spread of the new highly-contagious variants.
Source: Oman Official Twitter Account
July 7 – Oman to impose travel ban on 9 more countries from July 9
Effective July 9, arrivals from Singapore, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Libya, Argentina, Colombia, and Brunei will be denied entry as COVID Delta variant spreads like wildfire in said countries.
This new ban extends to visitors coming from any other country if they have passed through any of these places over the 14 days preceding the request to enter the Sultanate.
“This decision will come into effect from Friday, July 9, and remain in force until further notice. The Supreme Committee calls on citizens to avoid visiting these countries.” Reads a statement issued by the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus.
June 4 – Oman reopened borders with Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates from June 2
Although multiple restrictions apply and these foreign citizens still must present proof from their employers at land border check points, Oman continues with their thoughtful but steady reopening.
Effective June 2, citizens from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the political and economic union that consist of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, will be allowed to visit the country under the conditions mentioned above.
Additionally, the Supreme Committee decided to allow reopening of mosques at 100 worshippers capacity and for the five prayers only according to the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
Also, this Committee announced they may reduce the capacity of shops, restaurants, and coffee places to keep containing the virus.
May 20 – Oman has reopened borders to overland UAE and Yemen visitors
Oman land borders have reopened to overland UAE and Yemen visitors after closing from around March 21.
A Consular spokesman stated borders had never been closed. But, land transport companies and other industries’ representatives have stated their businesses have been greatly affected due to the border closure. Besides, visitors have complained about visas not being issued.
Effective May 15, Oman’s Supreme Committee lifted movement restrictions, although customers are still barred from entering different shops and venues between 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.
May 2 – Oman has banned passengers from 14 countries until further notice
Oman has banned flights from 14 countries where cases of COVID-19 have worsened over the last few weeks.
According to the Supreme Committee, visitors from the below 14 countries, or who have been to these countries in the past 14 days will be denied entry into Oman.
Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“The ban will continue till further notice. This is with the exception of arriving passengers who are Omani citizens, diplomats, health workers and their families. The exempted groups will undergo the prescribed entry procedures when they reach the Sultanate’s land,” read the press release issued by the committee.
April 20 – Oman has reinstated night curfews and other restrictions.
Given the increase in cases and the high occupancy in hospitals (some are working at or over full capacity) Omani authorities have decided to tighten restrictions in the country through the holy month of Ramadan.
Restrictions include a night curfew from 9pm to 4am, and a ban on all religious, social, cultural, sports or family gatherings. (Source)
Who can enter Oman during COVID?
Oman reopened its borders for international flights. These groups can enter the country:
Diplomats and foreigners valid residency
Foreign nationals with valid residence, business “express,” tourist or family visit visas.
Are Americans allowed entry in Oman?
Yes. U.S. citizens and residents can visit Oman. They must abide by the country’s protocols and requirements.
What should travelers expect at the port of entry and once in the country?
Oman, whose capital Muscat has been named “The best cultural city to visit in the world” and also “The capital of Arab tourism” is a place you might want to check out in the near future.
There is a national curfew in place at the moment and intercity traveling is restricted.
Masks are mandatory in public and there are fines for those who don’t comply.
Every foreigner entering Oman needs to prove they are covered by health insurance.
Nationals and foreigners allowed entry must quarantine for 14 days at home or at a hotel at their own cost. You will need to demonstrate your residence/hotel meets the requirements to spend the fortnight.
Be aware that you may be asked by the government to register on the Tarassaud app (IOS/Android) and wear a tracking bracelet for the duration of the quarantine.
Is Oman safe to visit during a pandemic?
As of July 20, Oman has confirmed 289,042 COVID cases and 3,498 deaths caused by the virus. Daily case rates have jumped for the past weeks.
CDC organization doesn’t recommend traveling to Oman as it is under warning level 4 at the moment. Only essential travel is recommended. (Source: CDC.gov)
Is the Omani government taking effective action to slow the pandemic spread?
Oman is one of those countries that work closely with international and national health authorities to implement effective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.