COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [04/18/2021]

*** 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 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 April 18, 2021, Oman has reported 180,031 cases of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within its borders. 1,878 people have died while 160,324 have reportedly recovered.

UPDATED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Effective April 8, 2021, entry into the Sultanate is restricted to Omani citizens and residency holders only. Royal Oman Police (ROP) confirmed that whoever has been issued a visa before April 8, 2021, can enter the Sultanate, with the necessity to adhere to the isolation requirements.

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, but with significant limitations.
  • Which vaccines are available in Oman? Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines are available at select health clinics in Oman for high risk groups. At this time, vaccines are available for individuals over 60 years of age, individuals with chronic disease (diabetes, kidney failure on dialysis, chronic lung diseases) and health care workers providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. 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. However, effective April 8, 2021, entry into the Sultanate was restricted to Omani citizens and residency holders only. Royal Oman Police (ROP) confirmed that whoever was issued a visa prior to April 8, 2021, can enter the Sultanate, with the necessity to adhere to the isolation requirements.
  • 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.

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? Yes.

On April 5, the Supreme Committee announced that there will be no curfew from Thursday, April 8, 2021, through the first day of Ramadan, but all businesses will be closed between 08:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

During the month of Ramadan (expected to begin on April 14) until further notice, there will be a curfew and all commercial activities will be closed from 09:00 PM to 04:00 AM. During these hours, residents should remain indoors as the movement of people and vehicles will be prohibited.

Taraweeh congregational prayers in mosques will be prohibited and all types of gatherings, such as iftars breaking the daily Ramadan fast, in mosques, tents or places of public assembly are banned.

Effective April 1, 2021, official and private sporting activities are suspended until further notice. The Supreme Committee extended the ban on all social, sports and cultural activities and any other group activities throughout Ramadan.

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:

Visa Services:

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.

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.

Other links:

U.S. State Department

CDC page on COVID-19

Oman country information