An RO 3 fee will be charged for transit travellers starting from January 2021. Image Credit: Courtesy Oman Airports Management Company SAOC

Muscat: Oman’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology issued amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations adding a fee of RO 3 ($7.8) for each transit passenger.

The decision came as an amendment to the regulation of the law issued in 2007, which stipulated levying a departure fee on international flights of RO 5 ($13), which exempted transit passengers, domestic passengers and passengers under the age of two from these fees.

The new fees will be applied to transit passengers starting from 1 January 2021, according to the decision published in the Sultanate’s Official Gazette this morning.

Oman’s Muscat International Airport (MIA) and Salalah Airport have resumed normal commercial operations since October 1 this year. A series of user-friendly measures were put in place including drive-through PCR testing facility that is now available at the parking facility of Muscat International Airport as well as Salalah airport. The PCR testing that is now mandatory for all arriving international passengers is available inside the Muscat International Airport that has been seamlessly organized, ensuring COVID-19-compliant measures.

More recently Muscat International Airport was awarded an airport health accreditation certificate by the Airports Council International (ACI). Muscat International Airport is the first airport in the Middle East to obtain this international certificate that was approved by the ACI to ensure health standards in the airports around the world. Airports Council International (ACI) located in Montreal Quebec, Canada is a global trade representative of all the airports around the world. ACI is also involved in developing standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards of airports around the world.