Oman Airports has published a new set of rules for arrivals to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Image Credit: Courtesy of Oman Airports Management Company SAOC

Muscat: Oman Airports has listed in its website the strict measures that have been put in place currently including restricting entry to the Sultanate to Omanis and residents only, whose visas were issued on or before April 5, 2021.

The measures were being put in place to limit the spread of mutated strains of the Coronavirus, by Oman’s Supreme Committee.

Suspension of entry into the Sultanate until further notice has also been extended for those coming from Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

14 days

Entry is also not permitted for those coming from any other country if they had passed through any of these countries during the 14 days preceding the request to enter Oman. Per a decision those coming from the Egypt and Philippine are also not allowed to enter Oman. This ban will start from 9am, May 7, 2021, until further notice, exempting only Omani citizens, diplomats, health workers and their families.

Those exempted will however be subject to the procedures adopted upon entering the Sultanate. Flights from United Kingdom too remains suspended till further notice except for cargo flights.

Oman is going into a lockdown from May 8 till 15 with a suspension on commercial activities throughout the day, excluding sale of foodstuff, filling stations, clinics, pharmacies and hospitals.