Oman Rejigs COVID Quarantine Rules For Arriving Passengers

Traveling to Oman? The country has changed and clarified its rules for international arrivals. This includes a mandatory…

Oman Rejigs COVID Quarantine Rules For Arriving Passengers

Traveling to Oman? The country has changed and clarified its rules for international arrivals. This includes a mandatory quarantine for many non-Omanis and complete travel bans for others – with a few exemptions. Let’s take a look at the latest entry rules set up by Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Oman Air is the flag carrier for the Sultanate of Oman. Photo: Oman Air

According to Gulf News, Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority has issued a circular for travelers and airlines to clarify restrictions and entry requirements. The country recently experienced its third wave of cases. Hopefully, with the help of travel restrictions, new daily cases will continue to fall from the peak experienced two weeks ago.

Oman’s no-entry list

Travelers from the following countries are banned from entering Oman until further notice:

  • Sudan
  • Lebanon
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ethiopia
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • The Philippines
Muscat Airport is the main entry point for international passengers coming to Oman. Photo: Andrea Tabanelli via Wikimedia Commons 

Mandatory quarantine and other requirements for other arrivals

For non-Omani travelers coming from all countries other than the above, a seven-day mandatory institutional (hotel) quarantine is required. The following will be required in order to board your flight to Oman, according to Oman Air:

  • Proof of a hotel booking for seven nights or a guarantee letter from their sponsor, which specifies details of the arrangements that have been made in accordance with the institutional quarantine requirements.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test (dated within 72 hours of the scheduled time of arrival in Oman)
  • Completion of pre-registration (including pre-payment) for a mandatory PCR test on arrival.
  • Downloading of a contact tracing app (Tarassud+)
  • Health insurance, including coverage for COVID-19 for a period of one month from the date of scheduled arrival in Oman.

This quarantine applies to all non-Omani arrivals as of today, May 11th.

The Sultanate of Oman recently endured a third spike in cases, worse than the second wave and similar in intensity to the first. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr 

In terms of quarantine accommodations, arrivals can choose from hotels on a government-approved list. The Oman Observer notes that there are 45 shortlisted hotels:

  • 19 in Muscat
  • Two in Musandam
  • Three in Dhofar
  • Four in Buraimi
  • One in Al Batinah South
  • Three in Al Batinah North
  • Three in Al Sharqiyah South
  • Four in Al Sharqiyah North
  • Five in Al Dakhilyiah
  • and one in Al Wusta

Arrivals must also wear a wristband/bracelet for the purposes of contact tracing. This is known as the Tarassud+ bracelet.

Exemptions to entry requirements

Exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine are Omani citizens and their families. However, they will be required to undergo a seven-day quarantine at their home.

Also exempt are diplomats, health workers, and their families, as well as airline crew. However, people in these categories are subject to the procedures adopted upon entering  Oman.

With these measures, in combination with vaccination efforts, the Sultanate of Oman hopes to crush its daily case counts and bring them under control.

What do you think of these travel restrictions and requirements? Do you have plans to visit Oman soon? Let us know in the comments.

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Air Tahiti Nui’s Dreamliner To Resume Los Angeles Paris Flights

With French Polynesia relaxing some entry restrictions, local airline Air Tahiti Nui has resumed its flagship Dreamliner services between Papeete and Los Angeles. The four times a week services restarted on May 2. While flights through to Paris via Los Angeles have not yet resumed, Air Tahiti Nui is eyeing resuming those services in early June.

Air Tahiti Nui is back to flying four times a week between Papeete and Los Angeles. Photo: Air Tahiti Nui

French Polynesia tentatively re-opens to travelers from the United States

With the country having done a good job combatting COVID-19 and the vaccination rollout well underway, French Polynesia is beginning to roll out the welcome mat for overseas travelers. Tahiti re-opened to flights from the USA on May 1. That prompted Air Tahiti Nui to resume their flights to Los Angeles.

That said, it isn’t open slather. Travelers will need to arrive with a COVID-19 CDC vaccination certificate. Passengers have to upload that certificate to French Polynesian health authorities before traveling to Tahiti. In addition, only residents of French Polynesia and people who have spent at least the last 30 days in the United States before traveling will be allowed to fly.

Throughout May, Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet of Boeing 787-9s will jet back and forth between Papeete and Los Angeles four times a week. Flights will depart Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport at 08:20 local time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. The eight-hour flight lands in Los Angeles at 21:30 the same day.

After a two-hour turnaround, Air Tahiti Nui’s Dreamliners push back from LAX at 23:55 local time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings. After flying through the night, the plane will touch down at 05:05 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday mornings.

Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaching Los Angeles Airport. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying

Air Tahiti Nui eyes Paris flights in June

In June, the frequencies increase to daily with some alterations in flight departure and arrival times. The changes coincide with Air Tahiti Nui’s planned resumption of services through to Paris. From June 3, the airline is targeting Paris with six return services a week.

Those flights will depart LAX at 13:30 local time daily except Tuesday. The Air Tahiti Nui Dreamliners will head through the night. The flights will land in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 09:05 the following morning.

After a three-hour refresh, the Dreamliners will depart Paris at 12:05 local time daily except Tuesday and head back to Los Angeles, landing there later that day. Those flights will then continue onto Papeete.

The airline is also scheduling twice-weekly flights between Papeete and Auckland and Papeete and Tokyo Narita later this year.

Air Tahiti Nui plans to resume flying to Paris in June. Photo: Air Tahiti Nui

Some modifications to the Air Tahiti Nui inflight experience

Of course, all this hangs on the continued success of the vaccination rollout, not just in French Polynesia but elsewhere. The flights are also contingent on the respective governments allowing relatively easy travel.

As with most other airlines, there’s a new normal onboard Air Tahiti Nui flights. For flights to and from the United States, masks remain mandatory onboard for the entire duration of the flights for all passengers above the age of two. For all other Air Tahiti Nui flights, children under 11 are exempt from wearing face masks.

Air Tahiti Nui has also made some changes to its inflight offering. The airline says;

The onboard catering offer has been simplified to limit contact. The aperitif and meal services are combined. Meals are provided in a single passage in all travel classes and concentrated in a single tray service, including desserts for business class. The choice of wines and drinks is also reduced with the same purpose – limiting interactions and serving time.

“For the same purpose, the magazines onboard are removed, excluding the safety sheet, modified for single use only. However, passengers can view a selection of press and magazines, in-flight magazines, and meal service menus on our onboard entertainment system.”

For premium cabin passengers and Air Tahiti Nui’s best customers, lounge access in Papeete and Los Angeles remains off the books.

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