Before COVID-19, “travel restrictions” referred mostly to visa requirements, which prohibited or complicated entry to certain countries. Many of those requirements are still in place today, even for US citizens who have a relatively strong passport. Oman, however, has just made it much easier to visit, lifting tourist visa requirements for visitors from 103 countries, including the US, UK, 41 European countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
All tourists previously had to apply for a visa online before visiting Oman at a cost of $14 for 10 days and $52 for 30 days. Now, travelers are allowed to stay visa-free for 10 days as long as they have a hotel reservation, health insurance, and a return ticket leaving the country.
There are still several COVID-19 requirements to keep in mind before you visit. Incoming tourists to Oman must complete an online pre-registration form and take a PCR test upon arrival at their own expense (around $65). They must also download a contact tracing app, self-isolate for a week, and take a second PCR test after that week is over. They must also have health insurance covering at least 30 days of COVID-19 treatment.