No permission required for Oman returnees; Government Official

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Following its earlier directives to restore international travel from October 1, Oman has further eased the restrictions for travelers to return back to the country. 

Oman’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign for Diplomatic Affairs, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Harthy recently revealed at his interaction with media that individuals who have valid Omani residency visas do not require any prior permission from the country’s Foreign Ministry to enter Oman.

The moves come as a great respite to numerous expatriate residents who have been stuck abroad after the government suspended international flights in March to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

Mr. Al Harthi who is also a member of the Omani Supreme Committee for tackling COVID-19 said that “Those with valid residency visas are not required to obtain approval from the Foreign Ministry for their return to the Sultanate. However, they need to have a PCR test on arrival and adhere to a two-week quarantine.”

The country has also mandated a 14-day quarantine to valid residence visa holders who wish to return to Oman.

Earlier, After studying the issue of international air traffic, the Supreme Committee decide to reopen its skies for international flights from October 1, 2020, which will be conducted in accordance with health data about specific destinations and in line with agreements with other aviation companies.