Oman Drops All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Oman has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, enabling travelers to enter the country without a PCR test. The country has also scrapped its track and trace program as national carrier Oman Air prepares to welcome visitors.

Oman removes all travel restrictions

After over two years of restrictions, Oman has lifted all COVID-19 measures. Oman’s COVID-19 Supreme Committee announced the decision on May 22nd, which will see the country’s PCR test requirement and track and trace program removed.

The committee stated,

“The Supreme Committee urges everyone, especially the elderly, people with chronic diseases and those with immunodeficiency, to adhere to wearing a mask in closed places and for citizens and residents to receive the booster dose of the vaccine.”

Visitors will not need to take a PCR test anymore. Photo: Getty Images

International arrivals no longer need to sign up to Oman’s eMushrif app or take a PCR test, either before departure or upon arrival. The move also ends Oman’s mask mandate, which applied to public places and crowded gatherings.

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Following neighboring countries

Oman’s decision comes after neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, took steps to ease their own COVID restrictions earlier in the year.

Saudi Arabia removed most of its COVID measures in March, while the UAE did so even earlier in February.

Since the pandemic outbreak, Oman has seen around 389,000 infections and 4,200 COVID-related deaths across its population of five million.

Omani authorities have warned residents to remain vigilant and follow certain practices, such as wearing a mask after contact with a positive case and isolating themselves at home if suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms.

Oman Air recovery

Oman Air is on the slow road to recovery, with the carrier gradually reinstating its network. Now that Oman has lifted travel restrictions, Oman Air is preparing for an uptick in demand across its international network.

The airline has ramped up its Boeing 737 MAX operations and recently partnered with Qatar Airways to carry football fans to World Cup 2022 from November.

The Omani national carrier operates with a mostly-Boeing fleet of 50 aircraft, including over 30 Boeing 737s and a growing Dreamliner fleet.

Have you flown with Oman Air this year? Do you plan on visiting Oman now that restrictions have been lifted? Let us know in the comments.


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