Oman and Saudi Arabia ease travel restrictions

28 Dec 2020 by Business Traveller India

Starting from December 29, Oman will ease air travel restrictions that were temporarily imposed amid fears of the new coronavirus strain.

An official circular issued by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Sultanate of Oman says, “Due to the ongoing implementation of Covid-19 precautionary measures, and as an exception from the air transport rights between the Sultanate and a number of countries, the flights will continue to operate according to bilateral coordination.”

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens, residents with valid residency permits, and passengers with valid visas are allowed to enter the Sultanate without prior approval.

All passengers arriving in Oman are required to present a negative Covid-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to entering the country; and must have health insurance covering the cost of treatment from Covid-19 for one month.

Pre-registration via is required for PCR test in Oman. Pay 25 OMR test fees and download Tarassud+. All travellers must undergo seven-day quarantine and take another test on the eighth day after their arrival.

Aircraft crew members and children aged 15 and below are exempted from the Covid-19 PCR test and Tarassud+ bracelet.

Diplomats working at foreign embassies accredited to the Sultanate of Oman and diplomats visiting the Sultanate are exempted from the PCR test. However, they are subject to seven-day quarantine.

Air India Tweeted:

Likewise, flight operations have resumed from Saudi Arabia to India, starting from today.

“Airlines are permitted to carry non-Saudi passengers outside the kingdom, taking into account precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” reads an official circular by General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia.

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