Oman Entry and Travel Requirements
Oman Entry Requirements determine the rules that international travelers need to meet in order to cross the Oman borders hassle-free, including the necessary documents to obtain, like a valid passport and a visa.
The Omani visa policy regulates which nationalities can travel to Oman and what visa types they must hold. Depending on the nationality, travelers may apply for an Omani visa at the embassy or consulate or online.
Nationals of a few countries must obtain an embassy visa no matter their travel purpose or intended length of stay. Moreover, certain visa types, e.g., work or residence visas, require embassy visits and applying for a visa in a traditional way.
Oman's immigration policy also states that all members of the GCC, i.e., Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, and Saudi Arabia, are exempt from visa requirements. Travelers from any of these countries are entitled to visit Oman visa-free for any purpose.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Oman also introduced some restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus like testing, vaccination, and quarantine requirements.
As of May 22, 2022, due to the noticeable drop in the number of coronavirus cases in Oman, the Omani authorities lifted all remaining Covid-19 restrictions.
Please note that depending on the evolving coronavirus situation in the country and worldwide, the Omani Government may reintroduce the previously implemented restrictions anytime.
When planning your trip to Oman, follow the official travel advice, gather all required travel documents, and make sure to check the latest update on Omani entry requirements.
Who can enter Oman?
The Oman borders reopened for tourism on September 1, 2021. Until recently, apart from the Omani nationals (regardless of their vaccination status), only fully vaccinated foreign travelers could enter the Sultanate of Oman. Unvaccinated international visitors had to provide some medical reasons why they could not take the coronavirus vaccination. Otherwise, they weren't allowed to enter the Omani territory.
Currently, international travelers, no matter vaccinated or non-vaccinated, may enter Oman restrictions-free.
Documents check-list for entering Oman
- valid passport
- valid Oman visa/electronic visa
- travel insurance (optional)
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
PCR tests are no longer required both for fully vaccinated and not vaccinated passengers arriving in Oman. All travelers, however, should contact their airlines directly and check whether they require passengers to provide a negative Covid-19 test to board the flight to Oman. Some airlines may have their own rules.
Oman no longer required foreign visitors to provide coronavirus vaccination proof to enter the country. Previously, non-Omani citizens aged more than 18 years who traveled to Oman were required to provide a vaccination certificate confirming that they had received at least two doses of the accepted coronavirus vaccine. The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before their intended arrival in Oman.
Covid-19 vaccines approved for entry to Oman included:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Sputnik V
- Sputnik Lite
There are no quarantine requirements in Oman.
Traveling from Oman
There are no specific requirements to exit Oman. Nevertheless, travelers departing Oman should check all pre-departure, flight, and post-arrival requirements to ensure hassle-free entry to the country of their intended travel destination.
Traveling to Oman
Since Oman has recently dropped all remaining restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, incoming foreign arrivals no longer need to register their data through the eMushrif platform, take pre-departure or on-arrival Covid-19 tests, or have international health and travel insurance covering the coronavirus treatment costs, which had been previously mandatory.
What is more, the quarantine requirement has also been lifted, as well as the necessity to download the Tarassud+track and trace application before taking a flight to Oman. In practice, it means that a traveler flying to Oman now only needs to have a valid passport and visa.
Please remember that lifting all entry restrictions in Oman may be temporary. The Omani authorities may decide to implement some entry limitations depending on the activity of Covid-19 in the future.
Entry Rules for Children
There are no specific entry rules for children traveling to Oman. Underage travelers are subject to the same entry requirements as adult travelers.
Transit through Oman
Transit passengers need to follow the same travel advice as regular travelers. Since all restrictions have been lifted in Oman, travelers who plan to transit through the Sultanate do not need to meet any special requirements.
They do not need to obtain a visa for transit purposes as long as they have a copy of the onward ticket, and their transit stop will last up to 6 hours. For layovers exceeding 6 hours, a traveler must obtain a visa.
Depending on the travel purpose, length of stay, and traveler's nationality, Oman offers different visa options. Some travelers may apply for an Oman visa online, others will need to visit the embassy, while nationals of a few countries can enter Oman visa-free.
Nationals of certain citizens, including GCC residents, can take advantage of an online application for Oman eVisa, which is an electronic equivalent of a tourist visa. Eligible applicants need to complete a straightforward online form and receive an approved visa in the email inbox. The Oman electronic visa can be issued either as:
- a single-entry Oman e-Visa for a 30-day stay
- a multiple-entry Oman e-Visa for each stay for up to 30 days
Both types of electronic visas to Oman allow its holder to travel for tourism or business purposes.
*All US citizens can obtain a multiple-entrance eVisa to Oman, staying effective for 10 years from its date of issue. They will be allowed to stay in Oman for up to 180 days.
Travelers coming from countries not listed as eligible for an eVisa can obtain the Oman tourist visas at the nearest Omani Embassy.
Travelers from 5 countries can visit Oman visa-free. The visa-exempt countries are all located around the Persian Gulf and are all members of GCC. The political and economic union of GCC allows citizens of Oman and 5 other countries to travel freely between their member states. The GCC members include:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Nationals of all 6 abovelisted countries have the right to visit, work and live in each of GCC member states without a visa or any other restrictions.
Embassy or Consular Visa
Oman visa policy states that nationals of around 20 countries must obtain a visa for Oman at an embassy before the planned Oman trip, regardless of their travel purpose or intended length of stay in the country.
A traveler who wishes to obtain a visa from an Oman Embassy must remember to do it early enough to receive the approved visa on time.
If the purpose of visiting Oman is other than tourism, citizens of almost all countries will need to visit the embassy in person and apply for the relevant visa for Oman, e.g., work visa, business visa, or residence visa. For more information on requirements for regular Oman visas, contact the nearest Oman Embassy or another diplomatic post.
Oman Traveler Registration Form
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Oman introduced mandatory pre-travel registration for all visitors to the country. Travelers had to provide some personal, health, and travel details in an online questionnaire and receive the unique QR code, which was then checked upon arrival. The registration was made via the eMushrif online platform.
Since February 21, 2022, travelers visiting Oman no longer need to complete the Oman Travel Registration Form prior to the planned trip.
Tarassud Plus App
The Omani authorities introduced the Tarassud+ app developed and maintained by the Ministry of Health. The Tarassud+ served the Oman citizens and residents as well as incoming foreign visitors who could provide digital vaccination certificates and test results via the application. The Tarassud+ was also used for quarantine tracing purposes. The data collected via the app has helped Omani medical officials track and minimize the spread of coronavirus cases.
Since Oman no longer requires travelers to undergo quarantine or meet other covid-related entry requirements, downloading the app is no longer mandatory.
Even though the government has lifted this requirement, it is still in your best interest to go to Oman with travel insurance. In the event that you need medical treatment while in Oman, having travel insurance will ensure that you are able to get the care you need without incurring a large financial burden. When deciding on your insurance policy, make sure to choose the one that includes Covid-19 coverage.