MUSCAT: Oman Airports has announced coronavirus testing mechanisms that will come into effect after the airports in the country reopens on October 1.
According to Oman Airports, “Drive-through” Coronavirus PCR test facilities are available for citizens and residents who are arriving in the country.
“Oman Airports, in partnership with Supply International in collaboration with Chinese company BGI, is undertaking the final phases of setting up COVID-19 testing facilities at Muscat International Airport, Salalah Airport, Suhar Airport and Duqm Airport to offer passengers the possibility to undergo a PCR test and boost early detection and containment of the virus, in accordance with the health safety protocols and measures set by the competent authorities to ensure the safety and health of passengers, cabin crews, employees, and all individuals who utilize the airports,” a statement from Oman Airports said on Saturday.
According to the requirements set by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Aviation Authority, a mandatory PCR test at the expenses of the traveler is required when entering the Sultanate.
Oman Airports said that PCR tests will have to be pre-booked on Tarassud+ mobile application. The application serves to gather all relevant passenger details and gives the users secure and easy access to pay for their PCR tests online, with the price per test set at 25 OMR.
By downloading the app and registering for their test online, passengers can significantly reduce waiting time at the test facilities at the airport.
If the tests findings are negative, passengers staying less than 7 days will continue their stay in the Sultanate normally and follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health according to the adopted medical protocols.
Passengers staying more than 7 days are required to wear a wristband and follow a 14- day quarantine. If the tests are positive, the passengers will have to abide by the self-isolation restrictions.