COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 01/25/2021

*** Effective January 26, 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 U.S. 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 January 25, Oman has reported 133,253 cases of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within its borders. 1,522 people have died while 126,334 have reportedly recovered.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

○ 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.

○ 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.

Visa extensions:

  • The Royal Oman Police resumed services related to visas, civil status, passports, and traffic on July 1. 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? No
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Home or 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 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.

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

○ Masks must be worn in all public areas.

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.

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.

Local Resources:

○ Ministry of Health National Hotline: +968 9219 9389 or Muscat Hotline: +968 9092 4212

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

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

○ Central Public Health Laboratory: +968 9131 3316

○ Infection Prevention and Control: +968 9131 3315

○ Central Aviation Authority website

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. This can be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.

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.

Other links:

U.S. State Department

CDC page on COVID-19

Oman country information