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Latest Update : July 29th, 2020

Latest Travel Decisions by Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19

Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 is a government committee responsible for nationwide decisions in response to the current coronavirus outbreak, as well as for decisions related to travel recommendations and restrictions through the airports and the other land and sea borders of Oman:

  • In preparation for the reopening of airports and the recommencement of air traffic, the issuance of requirements, preventive measures and health precautions to be adhered to by departures and arrivals through the ports of Oman.
  • Oman Airports operated first post-corona trial flight between Muscat International Airport and oilfield airports (Qarn Alam Airport and Marmul Airport) on Wednesday July 1st 2020.
  • To suspend all domestic and international flights from and to Oman (excluding scheduled flights and cargo flights) from Sunday, March 29, 2020.

 

Latest Travel Alerts and Updates by Oman Airport

In accordance with Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 on the development of health protocols to be applied on travel through Oman's airports in preparation for the reopening of airports and the recommencement of air traffic, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation has established the requirements, preventive measures and health precautions to be adhered to by all airlines operating in Oman, whether departing or arriving at all airports in Oman, which are summarized as follows:



Requirements for Oman departures:

  • Omani citizens must provide a valid international health insurance for the duration of the travel period covering the desired destination.
  • Comply with the preventive measures required by the concerned health authorities in the destination country.
  • Citizens and residents of Oman are allowed to travel abroad without a travel permit.

 

Requirements for arrivals in Oman:

  • Citizens arriving in Oman must stay in quarantine for 14 days.
  • Residents arriving in Oman are quarantined for 14 days with a prior confirmation of accommodation and accommodation expenses.
  • Cabin crew are exempt from quarantine and must adhere to preventive measures issued by the Ministry of Health.
  • All arrivals in Oman are required to download and complete registration procedures in the Tarassud* App on their mobile phones prior to arrival, in addition to purchasing and wearing a wrist band on arrival at the airport and paying the value of 5 RO.
  • All incoming visitors are required to obtain valid health insurance for the duration of their stay in Oman.
  • Non-Omanis are only allowed to enter Oman with prior authorization issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under a request made through the embassies of visitors, their sponsor, national carriers (Oman Air and SalamAir).
  • National carriers (Oman Air and SalamAir) are allowed to transport transit passengers.
  • Foreign diplomats returning to Oman are excluded from previous requirements, except for the home quarantine requirement.

In early July 2020, Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 had issued a decision to operate trial flights between Muscat Governorate and Oman's oil field airports, with the aim of assessing the health and safety procedures adopted for the return of flights to these airports following the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Oman Airports successfully operated the first flight on July 1, 2020, between Muscat and oilfield airports with the aim of assessing the health and safety procedures adopted for the return of flights to these airports following the pandemic. Based on this decision, Oman Airports successfully operated the first trial flight on July 1, 2020, between Muscat International Airport, Qarn Alam Airport and Marul Airport. Other domestic and international flights will remain suspended until a formal decision is issued to resume air traffic. The website will soon be updated with information on new travel procedures amidst coronavirus.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Oman Airports has developed an integrated health and safety plan. All required standards were applied to passengers on the trial flight who were heading to their workplace at the oilfields.

All passengers on these flights are recommended to check on potential updates on their flights and changes in travel procedures well before they head to the airport. We wish you a safe journey and remind you to take proper precautions and stay safe during your travels.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Update

Following the approval of the Oman’s Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19, Oman Airports has operated a trial flight between Muscat International Airport and oilfield airports (Qarn Alam Airport and Marmul Airport) on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. In particular, the flight was aimed at measuring the viability of the plans approved to give the green light to the application of the decision to resume air traffic and to adopt the return of air operations to their former state, God willing. We will soon begin publishing information on new travel procedures amidst COVID-19. Passengers planning to travel are invited to check our website periodically for the most important travel updates before making any reservations.

The return of flights has marked Oman Airport’s success in completing all preparations required for the return of travel and air traffic through the Sultanate’s airports after suspension since March 15, 2020 in light of the decisions issued by Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19.

Oman Airports has also developed travel protocols in accordance with the requirements, preventive measures and health precautions issued by the Supreme Committee and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, in addition to the requirements of destination countries in this regard, depending on the destinations to which national carriers operate their flights as well as other carriers, while adhering to the preventive measures issued by the concerned authorities in Oman upon return.

In preparation for the recommencement of air traffic through Oman's airports, we will gradually disseminate information on new travel procedures amidst COVID-19. Passengers planning to travel are invited to check our website periodically for the most important travel updates before making any reservations.

 

What we are doing?

In addition to the efforts deployed by the Supreme Committee to follow the developments of coronavirus (COVID-19) and closely monitor situations in the country and around the world and issue appropriate decisions to address the concerns, multiple measures and precautionary actions have been implemented by Oman Airports to spread awareness, protect the airports’ users and help preventing the spread of the virus:

  • New travel procedures and protocols to be announced gradually in the next phase.
  • Display of awareness signages at the arrival and departure terminals providing safety and health advice for the passwngers, employees and the public; and display of announcements and advice by the Ministry of Health across the airports.
  • Self-health screening form to be filled out by all passengers coming to the Sultanate, in coordination with relevant stakeholders;
  • Allocate a waiting area for passengers to undergo screening procedures by the medical staff;
  • Create a safe working environment for the medical staff appointed by the Ministry of Health
  • Allocate a special pathway to the Baggage Claim area to facilitate passengers flow through the airport
  • Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the terminals;
  • Regular online posts across our social medial platforms providing updates on latest decisions, in addition to safety and health advice;
  • Increased cleaning procedures of surfaces across our airports.

Furthermore, we will continue updating this page with any travel measures or travel restrictions that are put in place. We will also maintain close contact with all partners involved to implement all travel decisions issued by Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19.

Travel Tips

Pursuant to the recommendations of Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19, Omani nationals and residents are recommended to limit their travels, unless extremely urgent. Passengers who intend to travel are urged to check with their airline regarding travel restrictions and the status of their flight.

Protect yourself

Oman's Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 strongly advise all Omani citizens and residents to consider their need to travel at this time.

Passengers traveling through our airports in Muscat, Salalah and Suhar are must take into account the following tips in order to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Avoid touching surfaces at the airport and in public areas, wash your hands often and use alcohol-based sanitizers
  • Wash your hands immediately after your check-in/ check-out procedures
  • Stay away from crowds to avoid contracting the virus
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, make sure to cover your mouth and nose – avoid touching mask as long as it’s on your face
  • Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissues when you cough or sneeze – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands
  • Keep a distance from other passengers when queuing at the airport
  • Avoid travel if you have a fever and/or cough

We wish you a safe trip! May God protect us and the entire world.