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Coronavirus: Oman to resume international flights on October 1

Agencies/Muscat, Oman
Filed on September 25, 2020 | Last updated on September 25, 2020 at 12.25 am
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Domestic flights between the capital Muscat and the city of Salalah will also resume.

Oman said on Thursday it will resume scheduled international flights on October 1 with strict measures to protect the country and aviation staff from the coronavirus, the Gulf state's aviation authority said in a statement.

Domestic flights between the capital Muscat and the city of Salalah will also resume on the same date, official media reported.

Residents with valid visas do not need approval from the foreign ministry to return to Oman, a top official said.

According to Saudi Gazette, the move comes after more than six months of Covid-19 precautionary measures as thousands of expatriate residents have been stranded abroad since the suspension of international flights in March.

Expats who hold valid residency permits can return to the Sultanate from October 1 without the need to get approval from the ministry, according to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali Al Harthi, the undersecretary of the Sultanate's foreign ministry a member of the supreme committee for combating coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Oman Air in a press release said that it is committed to implementing comprehensive and intensive safety measures before, during, and after all its flights to ensure a safe and reassuring travel experience for its passengers.

The national carrier also urged passengers departing from Muscat to check all travel requirements and the latest information related to their destinations before travelling, as well as the latest measures taken by Omani airports on travel through the Sultanate's airports.

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