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Oman lifts ban on vaccinated travelers from 18 countries

Oman is loosening restrictions on travel amid a decline in COVID-19 cases across the Gulf country.
A woman arrives to get vaccinated at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center in the capital, Muscat, on June 23, 2021.

Oman will permit travelers with proof of vaccination to enter the country beginning Sept. 1, the Civil Aviation Authority said Monday.

In the circular posted to Twitter, the authority said it was lifting a ban on 18 countries that had been in place since June.

Under the new rules, travelers must have obtained their second vaccine dose no less than 14 days prior to arrival and are required to show a vaccine certificate with a QR code upon landing in the country. Travelers must also quarantine for seven days in Oman unless they present a negative PCR test conducted prior to travel.

To curb the spread of COVID-19, Oman had banned travel from countries including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, a move that stranded scores of expat workers in their home countries.

Citing a declining number of cases, Oman on Saturday lifted its nighttime lockdown, which had restricted movement between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Health officials on Monday reported 151 new coronavirus cases in Oman and seven virus-related deaths, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 301,450.

Since launching its vaccine campaign in late December, Oman has administered at least one dose to 37% of the population and fully vaccinated 29%. By the end of the year, the Gulf country said it aims to vaccinate everyone 12 and over.