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Oman ban arrivals from India and Pakistan

Anas YassinUpdated: Thursday Apr 22, 2021

Image: Muscat International Airport

Manama :  Oman on Wednesday decided to ban arrivals from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, in order to stem more spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Omani state TV reported.

The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling Covid pandemic said the ban will come into force at 6 pm on Saturday, April 24 until further notice.

The decision to ban travelers from these countries comes in the wake of an increase in coronavirus cases. The three countries are thereby added to the list of countries from which passengers were earlier barred from entering Oman.

The ban also applies to passengers who transited through any of these three countries in the 14 days, the committee said in a statement.

Omani citizens, diplomats, health workers and their families coming from the mentioned countries or those who transited any of those countries during the 14 days are exempted from the ban. The exempted groups will undergo the prescribed entry procedures when they reach the country, the statement added.

Shortly after the announcement, airlines and travel agents were receiving numerous calls from passengers who wanted to return before the April 24 deadline, according to local media.

Oman has banned on entry of visitors starting from April 8 amid a spike in covid cases.