Oman had reopened its border to 103 countries last year, but post that, the nation was forced to shut the border several times amid the spread of the new covid-19 variant. And now, as per the latest update, Oman will not allow people arriving from 10 countries to enter the sultanate. The ban will be in place for 15 days, and here’s everything you must know about it.
The New Update Will Come Into Effect From February 25
To curb the spread of the coronavirus, this update was announced by the Gulf state’s coronavirus committee. The ban will come into effect from February 25, Thursday, and the countries on the list are Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia.
While the sultanate has banned travel from these 10-countries, the authorities are time and again urging Omani citizens and residents to avoid travelling except for urgent reasons. Oman, in fact, has also introduced a seven-day hotel quarantine requirement for all arrivals from February 15 to control the spread of infection.
Omani Citizens, Diplomats, Health Workers And Their Families Are Exempted From This Restriction
In terms of vaccine, Oman has already begun the mass vaccination drive. The second phase of vaccinations kicked off this month after receiving 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, made under licence by the Serum Institute of India. The first vaccination drive was started using Pfizer-BioNTech inoculations on December 7, reaching 30,000 people.
In terms of restrictions, these new restrictions are not applicable for Omani citizens, diplomats, health workers, and their families.