Oman bars entry to travelers from coronavirus-affected countries from March 2. Further travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 02 Mar 2020 20:53 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 2
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
The Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced March 2 that travelers from countries affected by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be barred from entering Oman as part of the nation's efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. The Ministry did not specify which countries are included in the ban. Oman Air (WY) had previously suspended flights to China and Iran until further notice. The Omani Civil Aviation Authority suspended tourism flights from Italy to Oman's Salalah International Airport (SLL) through March.

The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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