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Precautionary Procedures and Measures

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Introduction

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and travel and tourism agencies and operators, has provided these instructions to our guests from tourists, travel agencies, tour operators, transport operators, and tour guides to implement the highest standards of health and safety and take the necessary precautionary and preventive measures to combat Corona Pandemic (Covid 19).

You can also find further instructions and precautionary measures through the social media accounts of the Ministry of Health. Concerning the latest developments regarding travel procedures related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), you can follow the website of Oman Airports, noting that travel procedures are continuously updated following the decisions of the Supreme Committee charged with examining a mechanism for dealing with developments resulting from the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Websites that may interest you: 

  • Twitter account of Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Health 
  • Oman Airports

Requirements for entering the Sultanate of Oman through Oman airports:

Dear visitor

Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman, we recommend that you carefully read the requirements for entering the Sultanate through Oman’s airports, as stated under the guidelines of the Civil Aviation Authority:

  • The list of countries from which arrivals are prohibited from entering the territory of the Sultanate has been terminated.
  • All Omani citizens, residents of Oman, visa holders of Oman, those who do not require a visa to travel to Oman, and those who can obtain a visa upon arrival are allowed to enter the Sultanate in accordance with the pre-COVID system.
  • All passengers arriving to the Sultanate are required to present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate containing a QR Code stating that they have received two doses of a vaccine approved in Oman, or in cases where a single dose is approved by the Health Authorities of the Sultanate, have received one dose of such vaccine. The last dose is required to have been received not less than fourteen (14) days ahead of estimated arrival time. The Ministry of Health publishes and updates the list of vaccines approved in Oman.
  • The approved vaccines for entering the Sultanate:-
    – Pizer/BioNTech
    – AstraZenca/Oxford
    – Sputnic
    – Moderna
    – Johnson
    – AstraZenca/Covishield
    – Sinopharm
    – Sinovac
  • All passengers arriving to the Sultanate that present a pre-travel negative result COVID-19 PCR test are exempted from quarantine, The COVID-19 PCR test shall indicate the medical test result which can be validated and certified with a QR Code and the test shall be conducted within ninety-six (96) hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in the Sultanate for the international flights of more than eight (8) hours duration, including transit, and seventy-two (72) hours for shorter flights,
  • All passengers arriving to the Sultanate without holding a negative COVID-19 PCR test in accordance with paragraph number (4) of this circular are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival where after the traveler shall be required to enter mandatory quarantine with electronic tracking bracelet until a negative PCR test results is received. However, in cases of a positive PCR test result, the passenger shall be required to undergo mandatory health isolation for ten (10) days starting from the test date. Except that passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 but tested positive on arrival are exempted from health isolation providing they are able to submit proof that they have completed the prescribed isolation period in the country where they were infected before traveling to the Sultanate.
  • Before boarding the aircraft, all passengers arriving to the Sultanate, including diplomats, are required to complete pre-registration via (Tarassud+) Platform and to upload the vaccine certificate as well as the COVID-19 PCR certificate, both containing QR Codes. If the passenger prefers to conduct the COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, the passenger shall pay the prescribed fees when registering via (Tarassud+) platform before boarding the aircraft.
  • Arriving passengers aged 18 and below are exempted from the requirements of the vaccine and COVID-19 PCR test. Patients with diseases that prevent them from receiving the vaccine according to an approved medical certificate are also exempted from presenting vaccine certificates.
  • This decision is effective starting at 12:00pm (Oman local time) on Wednesday, 01st September 2021, except that Omani citizens and their families who departed the Sultanate before the issuance of this circular are exempted from the vaccine requirement for a maximum of two (2) months from the issuance of this circular.

* General procedures applied at airports in the Sultanate:

Oman Airports have taken the preventive and precautionary measures in the passenger terminal and at security checkpoints in addition to all the company’s facilities in order to ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees and to limit the spread of the “Covid-19” virus. Therefore, all travelers are required to observe the following travel, safety, and health procedures:

  • Passengers must present the appropriate travel documents for their destination in order to be able to enter the passenger terminal
  • Refrain from traveling if you feel sick or have a fever.
  • Commit to wearing a face mask at all times at the airport and during the flight. Passengers must change the mask every four hours, so it must be ensured that the traveler has enough masks to use during the flight.
  • Maintaining a social distance of at least one and a half meters inside the airport building.
  • Online check-in to avoid direct contact with others at the airport.
  • Avoid carrying your phone or other personal items in your hands while checking in at the airport or going through security checkpoints.
  • Clean and disinfect your personal items and touched surfaces, including cell phones.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when sneezing or coughing, even when wearing a mask.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others, including handshakes and other greeting gestures.
  • Depositors and the general public other than travelers are not allowed to enter the passenger terminal, except for one escort for people with special needs. 

* Precautionary measures that must be adhered to in public transportation, shopping places, hotels and resorts, parks, restaurants, and cafes:

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Committing to wearing a face mask and not doing so will expose you to a fine.
  • Commitment to measuring the temperature at the entrances.
  • Avoid gatherings and events.
  • Avoid crowded places as much as possible.
  • Pay attention to good personal hygiene.
  • Refrain from going out in case of illness or fever.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue paper or with the elbow when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Do not share personal items such as phones, cameras, beverages, or food.
  • Minimize touching common surfaces and door handles as much as possible.
  • Washing hands continuously with soap and water or medical sterilizers.
  • Expedite the request for the service available in the place when feeling any symptoms
  • Keep emergency and public service numbers and don’t hesitate if you need to. 

* Protocols for tourist sites:

(for employees) 

-Selling tickets online.

-Measuring the temperature of the employees twice a day, with the obligation to wear a mask.

-Reducing and limiting the number of visitors to the site.

-Recording the temperature of visitors and asking them to wear masks.

– Stopping group tours.

-Providing sterilizers.

-Place posters on the floor to remind visitors to leave a safe space between themselves and others.

– Removing paper publications such as brochures and maps and replacing them with illustrative electronic means.

-Activating and providing the automated guide service to ensure social and physical distancing.

– Increasing the media and electronic introductory and explanatory panels on the site.

-Putting a one-way path that enables visitors to view the artwork without going back.

-Allocating specific periods for elderly visitors.

– Putting guiding boards to educate site visitors about the precautionary measures.

-Banning any activity in castles and forts.

– The role of restaurants and cafes near castles and forts to be limited to serving takeout only.

-Opening marketing and souvenir outlets, provided that they adhere to the precautionary measures.

(for tourists):

-Travel and tourism companies must provide sterilizers and masks for all passengers and site visitors.

-Ensure that the specified safety distances are left.

-The preventive instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities must be followed.

– Maintain a specified distance to use all common spaces.

-Enjoy visiting natural tourist sites while maintaining social distancing.

– Maintaining cleanliness of toilets, if they are located in the sites.

-Wear protective masks and dispose of them in a hygienic manner.

– Follow personal and small group tours and packages for tour companies wishing to visit tourist sites.

-Avoid crowding at outlets selling products of all kinds in tourist sites.

-Avoid touching common surfaces in natural tourist sites.

-Avoid visiting tourist sites, if you have any symptoms.

-Take the initiative to spread tourism awareness among your family members, friends, and community to follow the instructions issued by visiting natural tourist sites.

-Do not expose yourself to the legal matter by not following the instructions and social distancing.