COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [08/01/2021]

*** Effective January 27, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

● As of August 01, 2021, Oman has reported 296,835 cases of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within its borders.  3,850 people have died while 279,892 have reportedly recovered. 

COVID-19 Testing

· Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Oman? Yes

· If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes

· COVID-19 viral testing (PCR) is available in Oman at various sites and results can be available in 72 hours.

· Please note that for arrival in country, the Omani government has testing facilities in the airport for arrivals. Arrivals are subject to a mandatory PCR test at the expense of the traveler when entering the Sultanate. PCR tests will have to be pre-booked on Tarassud+ mobile application prior to arrival in Oman. The application serves to gather all relevant passenger details and gives the users secure and easy access to pay for their PCR tests online, with the price per test set at 25 OMR.

· For exit and general PCR testing, various health clinics in Oman offer PCR tests with results within 72 hours as well as 24 hour and 3-6 hour options. PCR tests are at the expense of the traveler. Prices vary by clinic and range from 29 OMR to 40 OMR; surcharges often apply for expedited result processing within 24 hours or less. Drive up testing, walk in tests, and tests by appointment are all available in country. Test result delivery varies by clinic: e-mail, text and physical message are commonly used to communicate results.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

· Has the government of Oman approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes

· Are vaccines available in Oman for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, US citizens resident in Oman may qualify to receive COVID vaccines. Individuals may register for the vaccine at www.covid19.moh.gov.om 

· Which vaccines are available in Oman? Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines are available in Oman for various groups eligible to receive the vaccine. At this time, vaccines are available for individuals over 18 years of age at no cost to individuals. Individuals 12 and older may be able to request a vaccine at private clinics for a fee. Omani health clinics make the final determination on recipients of vaccine administration. 

· Visit the Omani Ministry of Health Q&A on Vaccination in Oman. 

· Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

· The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

· Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. At this time, only current Omani visa holders are permitted entry to the Sultanate. The Royal Omani Police is not accepting new visa applications until further notice.

· Travelers arriving to Oman from any destination will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before their arrival in Oman and again eight days after arrival. Travelers should carry their negative test results with them as airlines and immigration officials may ask for proof of this requirement. All travelers will have to quarantine for minimum of seven days upon arrival. Compulsory institutional health isolation for all arrivals to the Sultanate through the various land, sea, and airports is mandatory and at their own expense. From 2 pm on March 29, 2021, all arrivals into the Sultanate must book accommodation in hotels and institutional isolation via the Sahala platform on https://covid19.emushrif.om/. Airlines are responsible for ensuring that the passenger is holding a confirmed booking via the Sahala platform. There is no longer an option to isolate in a private home setting, until further notice.

· Travelers are required to have a valid health insurance policy to cover their stay in the Sultanate of Oman.

· According to the requirements set by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), all arrivals are subject to a mandatory PCR test at the expense of the traveler when entering the Sultanate. PCR tests will have to be pre-booked on Tarassud+ mobile application prior to arrival in Oman. The application serves to gather all relevant passenger details and gives the users secure and easy access to pay for their PCR tests online, with the price per test set at 25 OMR. If the test findings are positive, passengers will have to abide by the self-isolation restrictions.

· Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes

· A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers must quarantine for seven days. A second COVID-19 PCR test is required after eight days.

· Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

· Oman airports have set up Covid-19 testing facilities at Muscat International Airport, Salalah Airport, Sohar Airport, and Duqm Airport to help passengers undergo a PCR test and boost early detection and containment of the virus. Tests will have to be pre-booked via the Tarassud+ app with test findings to be communicated within 24 hours through the same app. The price set for the drive-through PCR tests is 25 OMR.

On April 21, 2021, the Supreme Committee announced that starting on April 24, 2021, travelers who are coming from the following countries, or who passed through them in the past 14 days, cannot enter Oman: Sudan, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Libya, Argentina, Colombia, and Brunei. This suspension is in effect until further notice. Note: Omani citizens, diplomats, healthcare workers and their families are excluded.

Visa extensions:

● The Royal Oman Police resumed services related to visas, civil status, passports, and traffic on July 1, 2020. However, this office is not processing/issuing new visas until further notioce. Driver licenses can be renewed online. Residents of Oman whose visas will expire also can renew their visas online.

Movement Restrictions:

● Is a curfew in place? Yes. There is a general curfew in place until further notice which includes a ban on commercial activities, and a closure of all public places effective from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Pharmacies, hospitals, home delivery services, and airports will remain open. Individuals may continue to travel to and from airports but must carry a printed copy of their flight itinerary to present proof of travel at police inspection points.

The Embassy remains open during its normal business hours.

Additionally, Oman’s COVID-19 Supreme Committee announced the following COVID-19

vaccine requirements effective July 9 at 5 p.m. for entry into the governorates of Musandam and

Dhofar, which includes the cities of Salalah and Thumrait:

  • Citizens and residents of Oman 18 years or older are required to have received at least

one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

  • Foreign visitors without resident status in Oman are required to have received two

COVID-19 vaccine doses.

On March 31, 2021, the Supreme Committee announced that effective April 4, 2021, direct attendance of students in private and international schools is suspended until further notice and access to education limited to distance learning, with the exception of students of the 12th grade.

● Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No. As of October 1, movements between all governorates are allowed.

Quarantine Information

● Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes

● The requirements for institutional isolation on arrival in the Sultanate through Oman Airports as featured in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Circular, effective from March 29, 2021:

•All arrivals into the Sultanate starting from 2 pm on March 29, 2021, will have to book accommodation in hotels and institutional isolation via the Sahala platform on https://covid19.emushrif.om/. 

● The requirements for entering the Sultanate through Oman Airports as featured in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Circular, effective from December 29, 2020:

•All travelers arriving in Oman are required to undergo a PCR test at least 72-hours before their scheduled arrival and to present a certified medical certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result. All travelers will have to quarantine for minimum of seven days upon arrival. Compulsory institutional health isolation for all arrivals to the Sultanate through the various land, sea, and airports is mandatory and at their own expense. There is no longer an option to isolate in a private home setting, until further notice.

•Travelers are required to pre-book the PCR test through https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel, pay OMR 25 test fee, and download (Tarrasud+) application prior to arrival in the Sultanate.

•All travelers arriving in Oman from any country will be required to undergo another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, wear Tarrasud+ bracelet, and isolate for 7 days.

•At the end of 7 days, all travelers are required to undergo a new PCR test on the 8th day and if the test result is negative, the isolation period will end.

•Test results will be available within 24 hours. The test report can be viewed and printed electronically on https://covid19.emushrif.om. 

•Travelers arriving in Oman for a period shorter than 7 days are no longer exempt from the isolation requirements.

•Children below 15 years old are exempt from the PCR test and Tarrasud+ bracelet requirements.

● All other previously issued requirements for entry in the Sultanate of Oman remain in force, in as much as they do not contradict with the above newly issued requirements. The US Embassy strongly advises American citizens to review current guidance on appropriate Government of Oman websites prior to travel, as guidelines can change. 

● Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Ministry of Health for quarantine guidance. Institutional quarantine will also apply to individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or individuals with a severe acute respiratory infection.

COVID-19 Testing:

● All travelers arriving in Oman are required to undergo a PCR test at least 72-hours before their scheduled arrival and to present a certified medical certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result.

•Travelers must pre-book the PCR test required on arrival through https://covid19.emushrif.om/traveler/travel, pay OMR 25 test fee, and download (Tarrasud+) application prior to arrival in the Sultanate.

•All travelers arriving in Oman from any country will be required to undergo another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, wear Tarrasud+ bracelet, and isolate in approved institutional quarantine facilities for 7 days.

•At the end of 7 days, travelers are required to undergo a new PCR test on the 8th day and if the test result is negative, the isolation period will end.

•Test results will be available within 24 hours. 

•The test report can be viewed and printed electronically on https://covid19.emushrif.om. 

Transportation Options:

● Are commercial flights operating? Yes, international flights reopened December 29, 2020.

● Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

● The Government of Oman requires masks to be worn in public. Fines of 2,500 OMR may be assessed on those who do not comply.

● Names and photos of violators of other regulations may be published and fines of up to 3,500 OMR may be assessed.

Consular Operations: 

● American Citizen Services: U.S. Embassy Muscat currently offers limited passport and citizenship services, emergency notaries, and other special services for U.S. citizens. Citizens may email consularmuscat@state.gov for an appointment.

Should you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms, DO NOT COME TO YOUR INTERVIEW.  You must reschedule your appointment.  Any applicant for any reason may reschedule his or her appointment at the day and time of their convenience. Applicants exhibiting physical symptoms of COVID-19 may be asked to leave for the safety of other applicants and Consular staff.

Visa Services: 

● U.S. Embassy Muscat has resumed appointments for some non-immigrant visa categories as of February 1, 2021, and also resumed routine Interview Waiver visa cases as of August 10, 2020. Please check our visa appointment website for current visa categories being scheduled for appointments. If you have additional questions, you may contact our office at ConsularMuscat@state.gov. 

Should you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms, DO NOT COME TO YOUR INTERVIEW.  You must reschedule your appointment.  Any applicant for any reason may reschedule his or her appointment at the day and time of their convenience. Applicants exhibiting physical symptoms of COVID-19 may be asked to leave for the safety of other applicants and Consular staff.

Local Resources:

○ Ministry of Health National Hotline: +968 9219 9389

○ Royal Hospital (severe cases): +968 2459 9000

○ Al Nahdha Hospital (mild cases): +968 2250 3333

Information for Travelers Returning to the United States:

Effective January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

If you are planning to travel overseas or if you are currently overseas and planning to return to the U.S., you should contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers. Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.

On March 16, 2021, the U.K. Government announced that Oman has been added to the red list and will be subject to a travel ban to the UK. All the changes were effective starting at 4 AM on March 19, 2021 and include American citizens.

As of May 2, 2021, non-American citizens cannot transit Brazil, Iran, South Africa, India, the European Union and the Schengen Area, or the United Kingdom to enter the U.S. If you have been in any of these areas within the last 14 days prior to entering the U.S. and are not an American citizen, you may be denied entry. 

Other links:U.S. State DepartmentCDC page on COVID-19Oman country information