A pearl of the Arabian peninsula, Oman’s landscapes have lured many travelers to its coastal towns and deserts over the past few years in search of its unique culture and charms. However, the spread of Covid-19 has caused setbacks to the country’s blossoming tourism sector, with travel to the country not as easy as it used to be. Here are all the latest 2022 COVID-19 entry requirements for Oman all travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Oman For Tourism
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Travelers may travel to Oman either with or without proof of a test, but those who travel without testing beforehand will need to test upon arrival and quarantine until they receive their result. In order to avoid quarantine, travelers must ensure they have a negative PCR test result with a QR code. This test will need to be uploaded to this website – alongside proof of vaccination – in order to generate the Travel Registration Form needed to enter the country.
Those choosing to arrive with a PCR test must be tested within 72 hours of arrival, with this window extended to 96 hours for those on flights with a duration longer than 8 hours.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Those who don’t do a PCR test before heading to Oman will need to test upon arrival, and they will be placed into quarantine until a result is generated. Those who need to quarantine will also be fitted with a wristband. Once the negative result comes through, they will be allowed to leave quarantine and will need to visit the nearest hospital or health centre to remove the wristband. In the event of a positive result, travelers must quarantine for ten days.
Travelers do not need to fill out a health form prior to traveling to Oman.
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
All travelers heading to Oman are required to have international health insurance that will cover the cost of a minimum of one month’s worth of treatment against Covid-19 in the event that it is caught whilst in the country.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Oman
The Omani government has stated that public gatherings are not allowed to take place, and that masks should be worn at all times in public spaces. Travelers will need to prove their vaccination status in order to enter government and private sector offices, shopping malls, restaurants and other commercial premises.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Entry to Oman for foreign tourists is only possible for those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. In Oman, this means two doses of Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford Astrazeneca, Covishield AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinovac, Moderna, and Sinopharm, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. The last dose is required to have been received not less than fourteen (14) days ahead of the estimated arrival time.
Visa Entry Requirements For Oman During COVID-19
Typical visa rules are in operation as per usual, though travelers will also be required to complete and present their Travel Registration Form in order to enter the country. Oman has however suspended incoming flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique. Travelers who have visited these seven countries within the past 14 days are also banned from entry.
Can Americans Enter Oman?
Providing they have a completed Travel Registration Form, Americans are permitted to enter Oman. US travelers have a visa exemption for 14 days.
Oman Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
Travelers must complete the Travel Registration Form prior to entry. To do this, travelers will need:
- A valid travel document
- A debit card or a credit card (for online payment)
- A valid flight ticket (flight number required)
- Vaccine certificate
- Valid PCR test (For 8+ hour flights, the PCR will be valid for 96 hours. For flights that are less than 8 hours, the PCR will be valid for 72 hours.)
Registration for fully vaccinated travelers completing a PCR test prior to travel is free, whilst those testing on arrival will need to pay 25 OMR (~65 USD) online. Travelers must keep a soft or hard copy of the form when entering the country.
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