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‘Only citizens returning on flights from India’

1 May 2021

With the ongoing ban on arrivals from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that came into force on April 24, there are only a limited number of flights coming to Oman from the countries worst stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a clarification about the limited number of flights between Oman and India, as well as a flight which arrived from India at Salalah Airport on Thursday, April 29.

A statement issued by CAA said, ‘The authority wishes to clarify that the very limited flights between the sultanate and India work to facilitate the return of Omani citizens, in addition to shipping necessary supplies to the sultanate and transporting citizens of India wishing to return to their country.’

All these flights are subject to health requirements before travel and upon arrival, the statement added.

The authority also confirmed that the Air India Express flight that arrived at Salalah Airport on Thursday came from Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala and had only three passengers on board, who were medical staff exempted from the ban. 

‘The flight departed from Salalah Airport an hour after its arrival with 100 passengers on board.’

The Supreme Committee has banned arrivals from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and passengers arriving from any other country if they have passed through any of these three countries within 14 days of applying for entry to the sultanate, from April 24 until further notice.

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