coronavirus oman entry restrictions

Last updated: April 20th, 2021

Oman is currently closed to international visitors. Once the temporary ban will be lifted, foreign nationals will be able to enter Oman provided that they follow special anti-COVID procedures and requirements.

Embassy visa processing and visas on arrival will be reinstated for eligible travelers. Several visitors will be able to apply for a visa online in a matter of minutes.

 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the Sultanate confirmed that international flights have returned to normal bilateral agreements.

Oman Entry Restrictions for COVID-19

At the moment, only Omani nationals and residents can enter the Sultanate. Visa processing has been suspended.

Citizens and residents can fly to Oman since international air traffic has returned to normal. Land borders are subject to temporary closures.

Can I visit Oman now?

Foreign nationals cannot visit Oman right now. The entry ban was introduced on April 8, 2021, following the growing number of COVID-19 cases registered in the Sultanate. 

The Government hopes that his drastic measure will reduce the number of infections and protect the health of those in the Sultanate. The ban is a temporary measure and hopefully, the country will open again soon to international visitors.

Omani nationals and residents can enter the country.

COVID-19 Requirements to Enter Oman

Readers can find below the anti-COVID measures that must be taken once the travel ban is lifted.

All passengers arriving in Oman must have the following items to be allowed to pass through border control:

  • A completed “Traveler registration form”
  • Medical insurance for a minimum of one month to cover any expenses for coronavirus treatment in Oman (except for Omani and Gulf country nationals)
  • The Tarassud+ app (and the Hmushrif app if staying for more than 7 days) installed on a mobile device
  • Medical certificate showing a negative test result for COVID-19

Travelers should take the test 72 hours before arriving in Oman and print the English or Arabic certificate. Children younger than 16 years of age, aircraft crew members, and diplomatic passport holders are exempt from this requirement.

COVID-19 measures on arrival in Oman

  • All travelers aged 16 and over will be tested for coronavirus when they arrive in Oman. This is done using a PCR test for COVID-19. Holders of diplomatic passports are exempt.
  • Passengers can take advantage of new drive-thru testing facilities being set up at Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport to get tested as part of Oman’s new health requirements.
  • All arrivals must pay OMR 25 to enter the country.
  • All international passengers must also undergo quarantine for 7 days after arriving in Oman and take another test after isolation, confirming that they are not infected by COVID-19.

Is Oman issuing visas now? Is open for tourists?

Entry to Oman is not permitted at the moment. This means that visa processing is temporarily suspended.

Please note: this is an evolving situation, and the local authorities may change entry requirements and restrictions at short notice to protect the safety of Omani citizens and visitors alike. Visitors should check their eligibility before traveling.

What do Oman visa restrictions mean for travelers?

Holidaymakers from a number of countries are normally able to apply for an Oman eVisa online.

This simple electronic application process allows eligible citizens to obtain a visa for leisure purposes from the comfort of their home without having to visit an Omani embassy or consulate in person. 

During the pandemic, additional extraordinary requirements may apply to the online application (when visa processing is running and entry is permitted.) Visitors should check whether that is the case before leaving.

Oman visa extensions news as a result of COVID-19

On June 11th, 2020, Oman announced that tourist visas issued between March 1st and August 31st, 2020, would be extended until March 2021.

This special Oman visa extension means that travelers who were unable to use their visas because of the current situation will have until early 2021 to do so.

The measure is also expected to encourage visitors to apply for an Oman visa once international travel resumes.

Other measures in place against Coronavirus

Besides pausing leisure visas and keeping cruise ships outside of Omani ports, the government also decided to:

  • Close customer-facing services in both public and private sectors and encourage electronic alternatives
  • Shut mosques and other places of worship
  • Suspend social gatherings, including weddings and other events

The authorities advised all Omani citizens against traveling outside the Sultanate unless strictly necessary. Omanis are also invited to stay home and pay special attention during religious and family gatherings.