International flights to resume from Tuesday: SC

Muscat: The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic held a meeting on Sunday under the chairmanship of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Chairman of the Committee.

The Committee studied developments of new Covid-19 variants emerged in many countries. As per report and recommendations of the specialized technical team, the Committee decided to annul the decision to ban entry to and exit from the Sultanate through various land, air and sea outlets starting from 12 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

In a bid to protect all members of the society against the various Covid-19 variants, the Committee has taken the following decisions:

  • Obtaining a PCR test, compulsory, before coming to the Sultanate from all countries of the world without exception.
  • Imposing quarantine again for those arriving on short visits to the Sultanate for less than seven days.

The following procedures shall be applied to all arrivals at the Sultanate’s border outlets. The previous decisions that contradict these procedures shall be canceled:

  • Registering in (Tarrasud+) application prior to arrival in the Sultanate.
  • Showing a certificate of negative Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival provided that the test has been conducted within a period of not more than 72 hours.
  • It is mandatory to obtain a health insurance that covers costs of Covid-19 treatment. Omanis, GCC citizens and those who have free health cards are exempted.
  • Conducting a PCR test upon arrival at the Sultanate’s airports.
  • Wearing a tracking hand bracelet at all border outlets, along with commitment to a 7-day quarantine. The tracking bracelet is removed after completing the quarantine period, provided that no Covid-19 symptoms appear during that period, upon repetition of the PCR test on the eighth day.
  • The quarantine period for public and private workers in the Sultanate will not be treated as a paid sick leave.

The Supreme Committee urges citizens and residents to avoid travel abroad during the coming period unless there is extreme necessity. –ONA

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