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Safety of passengers and staff top priority as air travel resumes today

30 Sep 2020

Starting today – October 1 – Oman will resume commercial international flights which were suspended in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the reopening of airports, Oman Airports and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have reiterated that safety is top priority and called for compliance with all precautionary measures during travel amidst the pandemic.

‘Oman Airports is now set to return to normal operations and welcomes passengers and visitors through our airports in accordance with the health safety protocols and measures to be followed by those arriving and departing through the sultanate’s air borders. Oman Airports has also adapted its operations to ensure the safety and health of passengers, employees and all individuals who utilise our airports,” Oman Airports said in a statement.

Besides enhanced COVID-19 testing, Oman Airports is also ensuring observance of all preventive measures and health controls, including mandatory wearing of masks in public, installing thermal cameras to identify persons with elevated body temperature, setting up hand sanitising and handwashing stations and applying social distancing within the terminals. 

Starting today, drive-through PCR testing facilities will be available at Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport to facilitate sample collection. The tests, which will cost RO19, will have to be pre-booked and paid for via the Tarassud+ app.

‘If the test result is negative, passengers staying less than seven days will continue their stay in the sultanate normally and follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. Passengers staying more than seven days are required to wear a wristband and follow a 14-day quarantine whether the results are negative or positive,’ Oman Airports stated.

In its guidelines to the public, the CAA said, ‘To fly confidently, make sure you provide all the required documents, and go through the examinations and procedures of the destination country. Also, make sure you have health insurance that covers the cost of treatment for COVID-19 for a period of one month.’

‘Check-in and finalise all your travel procedures online whenever possible, fill in and sign a declaration form to confirm being free of any COVID-19 symptoms, arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your departure time and carry only one handbag to avoid crowds at security points,’ it added.

The CAA urged passengers to use online payment methods and self-service desks when available,’ it said.

 

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