Muscat – Oman is among the eight countries which will be removed from UK’s Red List from September 22, easing international travel.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the current ‘traffic light system’ of red, amber and green countries will be scrapped to simplify international travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight countries coming off the Red list on September 22 include Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, the Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Oman Air, the national carrier, announced that it will start operating twice-weekly scheduled flights between Muscat and London from September 22. ‘No hotel quarantine required in London if you’re fully vaccinated with second dose taken at least 14 days prior to arrival,’ it added.
Oman Air stated that from September 22 to October 4, passengers travelling from Oman or via Oman from Amber list countries to the UK will have to be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to arrival. They will need to get a PCR test 48 hours prior to departure, fill Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online, buy Day-2 PCR test online and taken on or before the end of the second day of arrival in the UK; and the third on the eighth day.
No hotel quarantine is required, though self-isolation of ten days at home or a hotel should be chosen by guests and declared on the PLF. This could be brought down to five days if a negative PCR test is presented after five days.
From October 4 onwards, Oman will be classified as an ‘Open’ country. Double vaccinated passengers will not need a pre-departure PCR test but filling up PLF is required. Day-2 PCR test will still be need to be bought online and must be tested on or before day two after arrival in England, while Day-8 PCR test will no longer be required.
Two days home isolation is still needed till the Day-2 PCR test report is presented.