oman reopening borders to tourists

Oman is Open for Tourism with Testing and Quarantine Requirements

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 and get retested once in the country.

They will also have to undergo a 7-day quarantine, and bring proof of health insurance. 

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

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April 1 – Oman has reopen its beaches but, visitors must go by themselves

The Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19 has finally allowed beaches to reopen to the public but visitors must go by themselves. The regulations to contain the spread of the virus in Oman are tough and this new rule does not surprise the allowed visitors. 

Gatherings of two or more people in public spaces are still banned including the beaches. These must be only used to exercise while keeping social distancing. 

Additionally, people are now allowed to collect takeaway meals and beverages from restaurants after 8pm. It was forbidden until recently. 

March 11

Oman has extended its restrictions for travel, internal movement and commerce until March 20. The move follows “a steep surge in the number of infection and deaths due to the prevalence of new, mutated variants of the virus,” as announced by the Supreme Committee in charge of managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The travel ban applies to flights and travelers whose trip originated in Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone or Ethiopia.

Beaches and public parks are closed and there is a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all commercial establishments, including restaurants and cafés (even for pick up or delivery). 

February 17

Oman has tightened it’s restrictions. All arrivals will need to be tested on arrival and immediately go into quarantine for 7 days at a hotel, and get re-tested for COVID on day 8. Shorter visits are not allowed. (Source)

Vaccination in Oman finally picked up this February. To date an approximate 100.000 doses have been administered. 

Vaccination progress 

January 2021

All travelers coming to Oman will need to undergo 7-days quarantine and testing.

December 4 – Visas

Oman Government has resumed issuing some types of visas. An interesting fact about entering Oman is that some travelers may seek entry approval via their airline. Find more information about this process at [email protected].

November 20 – New flights

Oman airlines announced new flight connections with Chennai and Hyderabad. There will be 2 flights per week, starting on November 19th. (Source: Oman Air Twitter)

Who can enter Oman during COVID?

Oman reopened its borders for international flights but tourism is still not allowed. Only these groups can enter the country:

  • Omani citizens
  • GCC nationals
  • 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?

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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.

When flights to Oman start operating?

Oman Air has officially announced the return of its international operations to and from Oman from October 1st. Now you would only need to book a flight with them through their website instead of waiting for chartered flights. 

Is Oman safe to visit during a pandemic?

As of April 1, Oman has 160,018 confirmed COVID cases and 1,681 deaths caused by the virus. Daily case rates are quite stable and gradually decreasing. Therefore, Oman is relatively safe to visit during the pandemic.

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.  

Additionally, the Omani government is committed to providing its citizens and residents with universal health coverage, and offering treatment coverage for COVID-19 infection, for free.

What activities are travelers allowed to do in Oman during COVID?

Starting on February 11, 2021, the Omani government has decided to close again the following venues,  

  • Parks
  • Cinemas
  • Food Courts

Why should travelers keep Oman on their must-see list?

  • First and foremost – This country is safe to visit – Regardless of its geographical location, Oman has managed to keep its territory mostly trouble-free.
  • Mosque of Sultan Qaboos it’s a beautiful mosque in Muscat ordered by Sultan Qaboos from Iranian artists from Neyshabur. A place worth visiting.
  • It’s not a desert, the country is full of natural beauty. 
Camels in Salalah Oman
Camels in Salalah Oman