COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/27/2021]

*** 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.

As of September 27, 2021, Oman has reported 303,673 cases of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within its borders. 4,095 people have died while 296,917 have reportedly recovered.

 

The Presidential Safety Mandate requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear an appropriate mask while inside Department facilities. Security may deny entry to individuals that are unwilling or unable to keep masks on.

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.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms, then 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. Routine Interview Waiver visa cases resumed on August 10, 2020.

Please check the 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.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms, then 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.

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 all travelers will be subject to a travel ban to the UK, effective starting at 4 AM on March 19, 2021 – and includes 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 are not a U.S. citizen and have been in any of these areas within the last 14 days prior to entering the U.S., then you may be denied entry.

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Oman? Yes, with restrictions.

Effective September 01, 2021, two-dose COVID vaccination is mandatory for people aged 18 years and above who wish to enter the Sultanate through all land, sea, and airports of entry. The vaccination requirement will be in addition to the PCR test before or on arrival to the Sultanate. The Sultanate has 8 approved vaccines which include: Oxford-AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca-Covshield, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate before their arrival are required to:

1- Pre-registration via (Tarassud+) Platform and upload the vaccine certificate as well as the COVID-19 PCR certificate, both should contain QR Codes.

2- If the passenger prefers to conduct the COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, the passenger must pay the prescribed fees when registering via (Tarassud+) platform.

3- Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 but test positive on arrival are exempt from health isolation provided they are able to submit proof they have completed the required isolation period in the country where they were infected.

4- All passengers must have international health insurance covering the cost of COVID-19 treatment for the period of at least one month.

All travelers arriving to Oman must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test before their arrival in Oman – for shorter flights, the test must be within 72 hours and with longer international flights (i.e., with a period of no less than 8 hours) within 96 hours. Travelers should carry their negative test results with them as airlines and immigration officials may ask for proof of this requirement. All travelers coming to the Sultanate with a pre-travel negative PCR test are exempt from quarantine.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate without a pre-travel PCR test are required to:

  1. Take a PCR test upon their arrival at the airport
  2. Wear Tarrasud+ bracelet and adhere to quarantine until a negative PCR test result is detected.
  3. If the PCR test is positive, the traveler must complete 10-day quarantine is required.

Travelers below 18 years of age and passengers with medically confirmed health conditions that prevent them from taking the vaccination are exempt from presenting Covid-19 vaccine certificate and PCR test.

Non-Omanis holding a valid residency visa who have not received the vaccine are allowed to return to the Sultanate, but subject to applicable procedures, such as taking the PCR test before arrival, PCR test upon arrival at Oman’s airports, wearing the electronic tracking bracelet and institutional quarantine for seven days. The PCR test must then be repeated on the 8th day of quarantine.

The Royal Oman Police resumed all visa operations and services on September 01, 2021.

The U.S. Embassy strongly advises American citizens to review current guidance on appropriate Government of Oman websites prior to travel, as guidelines can change.

Effective at noon on September 01, 2021: all travelers coming to the Sultanate with a positive PCR test on arrival must complete a 10-day quarantine. All travelers coming to the Sultanate with a pre-travel negative PCR test are exempt from quarantine.

Arrivals who have recovered from COVID-19 but test positive on arrival are exempt from health isolation provided they are able to submit proof they have completed the required isolation period in the country where they were infected.

Is a curfew in place? No. Curfew conditions were lifted in the Sultanate effective Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Entry to government and private establishments will be restricted to vaccinated individuals. Proof of vaccination is required for entry to these establishments as of September 01, 2021.

As of October 1, 2020, movement between all governorates is allowed.

The Embassy remains open during its normal business hours.

  • The Government of Oman requires masks to be worn in public. Fines of 2,500 OMR (approximately $6,500) 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 (approximately $9,100) may be assessed.
  • 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.

For general PCR testing and exiting Oman, 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 individual/traveler. Prices vary by clinic and range from 20 – 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.

Please note that for arrival into the country, health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. 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.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate (including diplomats) before their arrival are required to:

1- Pre-registration via (Tarassud+) Platform and upload the vaccine certificate as well as the COVID-19 PCR certificate, both must contain QR Codes.

2- If the passenger prefers to conduct the COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, the passenger must pay the prescribed fees when registering via (Tarassud+) platform.

All travelers over 18 years of age arriving to Oman must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test before their arrival in Oman – for shorter flights, the test must be within 72 hours and with longer international flights (i.e., with a period of no less than 8 hours) within 96 hours. Travelers should carry their negative test results with them as airlines and immigration officials may ask for proof of this requirement. All travelers coming to the Sultanate with a pre-travel negative PCR test are exempt from quarantine.

All travelers coming to the Sultanate without a pre-travel PCR test are required to:

  1. Take a PCR test upon their arrival at the airport
  2. Wear Tarrasud+ bracelet and adhere to quarantine until a negative PCR test result is detected.

If the PCR test is positive, the traveler must complete 10-day quarantine is required.

  • 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, U.S. citizens resident in Oman may qualify to receive COVID vaccines. Individuals may register for the vaccine at covid19.moh.gov.om
  • Which vaccines are available in Oman? Oxford-AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca-Covshield, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V vaccines are approved for administration in the Sultanate for those eligible to receive vaccines. At this time, vaccines are available for individuals over 12 years of age and older. 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.
  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, international flights reopened December 29, 2020.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Ministry of Health National Hotline: +968 9219 9389
  • Royal Hospital (severe cases): +968 2459 9000
  • Al Nahdha Hospital (mild cases): +968 2250 3333