Covid-19: Oman announces mandatory 7-day hotel quarantine for visitors

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Muscat - Airlines have been directed to ensure that all travellers have pre-confirmed hotel reservations.



By Web report

Published: Fri 12 Feb 2021, 11:34 AM

Last updated: Fri 12 Feb 2021, 11:40 AM

The Sultanate of Oman on Thursday announced a mandatory institutional quarantine for all visitors arriving at its airports, effective February 15.

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The country's Civil Aviation Authority issued a directive to all airlines operating in the country of the revised entry guidelines in its bid to contain the spread of the ongoing pandemic.

Airlines will need to ensure that all travellers have pre-confirmed hotel reservations, at their own expense, for at least seven nights.

Passengers arriving in Oman can book their accommodations at any hotel in the country or take advantage of the list of hotels prepared by the authorities for the purpose.

Officials further said the move is being taken due to the failure of individuals to adhere to the precautionary measures imposed.

According to a report in the Times of Oman, the ministry has earmarked six hotels in Muscat alone that visitors avail of for institutional quarantine. They are:

> Swiss-Belinn Muscat

> Ibis

> Secure Inn

> Sheraton

> Tulip Inn

> Somerset Panorama Muscat

Earlier this week, the country announced it would be extending the closure of its land border "until further notice", as part of stringent precautionary measures it was undertaking to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


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