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Dubai: Love to travel but don’t have the time to get on a flight? You could plan a quick road trip to Oman. With the UAE and Oman opening all land and air borders for vaccinated travellers, you can now plan a quick getaway. Here is all you need to know about travelling to Oman by road.

Who can travel to Oman?

Fully vaccinated travellers will now be able to travel to Oman from all ports from Septmber 1, 2021, according to Oman’s official account for the efforts of countering COVID-19 – @OmanVSCovid19.

As per the announcement made, travellers need to have received full doses of one of the approved vaccines (for those aged 18 years and over), and to undergo a PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction] test for COVID-19 before or upon arrival in Oman.

As per Oman’s e-visa call centre, UAE residents can travel to Oman by road if they have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and also present a negative PCR test, taken within 48 hours of crossing the border.

Which vaccines are approved?

The following vaccines are accepted in Oman:

• Johnson & Johnson

• AstraZeneca - Covishield

• Oxford-AstraZeneca

• Pfizer-BioNTech

• Sinopharm

• Sputnik

• Sinovac

• Moderna

Do you fall under the allowed professions’ list?

Entry to Oman for GCC residents is based on whether the traveller falls under the list of approved professions.

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To confirm the entry requirements, and whether you will be granted a visa on arrival, you can reach out to Oman’s e-visa call centre on the following numbers:

+968 2429 0942

+968 2429 0827

It is important to note that possession of a valid visa does not guarantee that a traveller will be granted entry to Oman. Entry to Oman is at the discretion of the Royal Oman Police officer at the port of entry, as per Oman’s e-visa website.

You can also read our detailed guide on travelling to Oman by road here.

Which documents will I need?

• Original passport, with the UAE residence visa stamped on it. The passport and residence visa should be valid for six months.

• Passport size photograph

• Car registration, which shows that the vehicle is registered under your name

• Vaccine certificate, where the second dose was taken at least 14 days before entry.

• Negative PCR test result, taken within 48 hours of entry.