Oman: New Airport rules effective from Wednesday

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Oman Airports has issued a set of rules which will be in effect from November 11. As per the circular, all passengers travelling to Oman must get a COVID-19 PCR test done 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in Oman.

This should be a validated and certified medical test result, acceptable to the authorities in charge. An Omani citizen who has recovered after being tested positive is allowed to travel to Oman provided he/she has proof of completing the prescribed quarantine period. Additionally, he or she must also take the COVID-19 PCR test 96 hours prior to arriving in Oman.

The quarantine period is seven days from the date of arrival in Oman if the passenger tests negative in the PCR test done on arrival at the Muscat International Airport, as well as in the PCR test taken at the end of the quarantine period, on the eighth day.

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The test results of the PCR test taken on landing will be available within 24 hours and can accessed through the Tarassud plus app that has to be downloaded by all passengers arriving in Oman. For those who do not want to take a PCR test at the end of the 7-day quarantine, the period of quarantine will continue till the 14th day from the date of arrival. Children below fifteen years of age are exempted from the quarantine, as are diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to Oman and diplomats visiting Oman.

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If the thermal screening at the airport identifies any passenger with temperature above 38 degree Celsius or higher, they will be asked to go take a COVID-19 PCR test. Meet and greet at the airport terminals are currently not allowed, except for those passengers with special needs and mobility restrictions. Even in such cases, only one assistant is allowed to accompany the passenger.

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