Starting from September 1, all fully vaccinated individuals are able to visit Oman. This applies to those who either do not require a visa to enter or who are eligible for a visa upon arrival in the Middle East country. Conversely, citizens and permanent residents of Oman do not need to be vaccinated to be allowed in.
The vaccine used must be one that Oman recognizes. That list includes AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac and Sputnik V. The final dose needs to have been administered at least 14 days prior to the traveler’s arrival in Oman.
A recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result must also be shown. This test must be taken within the previous 72 or 96 hours prior to arriving in Oman, the longer timeline applicable in the case of international flights to Oman lasting more than eight hours.
A test could also be taken upon arrival; quarantining while wearing a tracking bracelet until the result is known is necessary in that case, however. That quarantine period will be extended to 10 days if the test result is positive.
In addition, passengers must download and pre-register with the Tarassud app. The vaccine certificate and, if applicable, PCR test result, which should contain QR codes, should be uploaded here.
Those exempted from these test-taking requirements include visitors who have not yet reached 18 years of age and tourists of all ages who suffer from health conditions that prevent the taking of a vaccine and have evidence of that being the case.
One of the attractions that will await future visitors is the newly opened Mall of Oman, which welcomed customers for the first time on Tuesday. Although not all of its stores are open yet, it will ultimately be home to 350 open-and-operating establishments.
As of Tuesday, Oman’s current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 people is two, which is significantly lower than the United States’ corresponding figure of 48. However, Oman’s vaccination rate is not as high. Here, 50% of people are at least partially vaccinated with 21% fully vaccinated. The corresponding figures in the U.S. are 62% and 52%.