Oman eases travel restrictions once again following intensive two-week lockdown

Hayley Kadrou
Aug 9, 2020

Following the tightening of lockdown regulations in a bid to curb Coronavirus cases, Oman has revised rules once again coming into effect as of August 8.

With the exception of worst-hit area Dhofar – the largest of Oman’s eleven Governorates – movement between regions for residents is now permitted after the country went back into a two-week lockdown. The extreme steps were taken across the Eid holiday after a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.

While travel in and out of Oman is still on hold, Oman Air is currently carrying out repatriation flights to destinations such as Istanbul and Cairo.

Elsewhere, curfew hours have also limited to 9pm to 5am – an adjustment of the previous 7pm to 6am evening restrictions.

Although a popular GCC holiday destination thanks to it’s stunning landscape, Oman is still restricting international travel

The changes came into effect on August 8, 2020, with The National Supreme Committee for Covid-19 set to review the situation once again on August 15.

Thanking residents for their co-operation during the period passed, a statement by The Royal Oman Police read: “The ROP imposed more supervision during the Eid Al-Adha holiday to prevent gatherings, as part of the efforts made to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. The data registered with the General Department of Operations indicated that limited violations were recorded during the last period, the most prominent of which was the lack of commitment to wearing a mask.”

While you can’t travel there right now, you can read about one writer’s road trip to remember along Oman’s remote Route 66, and dream about all the stunning places in Oman you could stay and the many things to do.