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15 juill. 2020 | 01h43 UTC

Oman: Authorities allow international travel to resume July 14 /update 17

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Omani government allows international travel to resume from July 14; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/7/2020, 12h00 until 15/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Muscat). COUNTRY/REGION Oman

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Event

Omani authorities announced on Tuesday, July 14, that they will allow international travel to resume as the country eases restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Citizens who wish to travel abroad will have to apply for permission with authorities and will be required to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the country. Authorities have not stated a specific date for when international travel can resume as of Tuesday evening (local time). Separately, authorities announced on Tuesday that the ongoing lockdown in the regions of Masirah and Dhofar will remain in place until further notice.

As of July 14, there have been 59,568 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 273 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider. 

 

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