COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/27/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of September 27, Oman has reported 97,450 cases of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within its borders.  909 people have died while 87,801 have reportedly recovered.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • Commercial international flights into and out of the Sultanate of Oman remain suspended until October 1. Until then, residents, including U.S. citizens, are allowed to enter Oman on chartered flights after obtaining permission from the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs which can be requested in the following ways:
  • A resident’s sponsor can email  consular@mofa.gov.om  and provide a copy of the resident’s passport bio page, a copy of their Omani residency card, and a letter detailing their circumstances.
  • Residents can also apply for permission to return by contacting SalamAir’s contact center at +968 2427 2222 or at a SalamAir office.
  • Residents arriving in Oman are required to have a valid health insurance policy to cover their stay in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • 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.  This includes residents currently in Oman and those stuck outside of Oman due to the travel restrictions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • The Government of Oman has implemented curfews in the past. The most recent curfew ended August 15.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • As of August 8, movements between governorates are allowed except for the Governorate of Dhofar.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • Residents arriving in Oman are subject to 14 days of quarantine at either their residence in Oman or at a hotel at their own expense.  Proof of residence or a house lease might be required to show that the residence meets the requirements for home quarantine.  Residents returning to Oman might be required to download and register on the Tarassud+ phone app on  IOS  and  Android  and wear a tracking bracelet during the quarantine period.  Tracking bracelets are provided by the Government of Oman for five OMR.
  • Residents 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:

  • Individuals can pay for a COVID-19 test at a private hospital for a cost ranging from 45 to 60 OMR without insurance.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Oman’s Supreme Committee announced that international flights will resume October 1.
  • 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 100 OMR may be assessed on those who do not comply.

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 consularmsucat@state.gov for an appointment.
  • Visa Services: U.S. Embassy Muscat has ceased all in-person, routine visa services. Embassy Muscat continues to offer critical visa services and has resumed routine Interview Waiver visa cases as of August 10. If you believe you are eligible for an Interview Waiver or qualify for a critical visa service, please email 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

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