Oman Border – entry and exit in times of Covid (from the UAE)

This is what I experienced. It may, or may not be the same for everyone. Things change, so prepare to be flexible.

I entered Oman on 15th September and left on 20th September. I exited and re-entered the UAE through the Al Ain/Mezayed border.

Travelling to Oman

First, exit UAE.

You’ll need a negative PCR report (printed) with a QR code on, plus a printed copy of your vaccine certificate (available to download through either Al Hosn app or DHA). No need to visit separate building for foreigners exit stamp. The border gate will do that for you in the car now. Pay exit fee of AED 33.66

Very simple for residency visa holders.

Entering Oman

Cross the border and follow signs for light vehicles to “Travelers services” building.

Entering the building, go to the Ministry of Health/eMushriff/Tarassud+ office in front of you on the left.

Give them printed copies of vaccine certificate and PCR test (with QR code) along with passport. They will stamp the documents, give them all back and send you back to your car to drive on to Passport Control.

Note: fee for the registration is meant to be 2.5 OMR but they didn’t charge me anything. They even gave me the receipt which said it was paid.

Pull up at passport control, handover all documents from the traveler services building together with your pre-applied for and pre-approved tourist visa (I have a 12 month multiple entry visa). Proceed to have a laugh and joke with the passport control about UK football.

They will stamp your passport, check your vehicle insurance/orange card, and then you’ll be on your way through Customs.

Quick customs check of the vehicle, they’ll stamp the entry receipt that passport control gives you. You’ll leave there, drive through the final checkpoint, hand over the customs stamped receipt and that’s it, you’re in Oman.

In total, it took under 20 minutes at 2pm on a week day to complete.

Next up, exiting Oman and entering UAE.

To exit Oman, you need a valid negative PCR test taken within 72hrs of exit, which must have a physical Ministry of Health stamp.

When getting your PCR test, plan to go somewhere you can easily pass by when leaving the country as you will need to go back and collect the physical negative certificate prior to exiting.

I took my test at Badr al Samaa Hospital in Nizwa ( A little convoluted; go in to reception/billing area, give passport and 15OMR, the. Go upstairs to the documentation room to get your sample stickers. Then, go downstairs, aimlessly walk around asking where to go until you finally stumble upon a room where someone will administer a PCR (nose and throat).

Tests will only come back by 2pm next day, if taken before 1pm, or possibly by 9pm if they’re busy.

They won’t SMS you the results if you do not have an Omani mobile number…

I took mine at 12pm on a Saturday to exit on the Monday.

Bear in mind you have to go back to the hospital to collect the physical certificate and pay an additional 5OMR for the MOH stamp. Go back to the same reception counter to collect and pay.

When arriving at the Omani border to re-enter the UAE, simply carry on to the passport control booth. He will stamp your passport, ask if you have a negative PCR and give you your exit stamp to handover to the next window.

After that, it’s on to the UAE entry post.

Head straight to the passport control booth. Handover passport and negative PCR test result. He’ll stamp your entry and give you a form that needs to be completed if staying in Abu Dhabi – further PCR testing required on days four and eight.

Once through, on to customs check.

The first window you get to in customs area is where they will administer another PCR test for entry. They’ll want negative test certificate again, plus passport. They gave me the option of having another PCR test, which I did, but think it’s optional. They couldn’t explain why.

From there, take your car for search and they’ll stamp the exit receipt. Head out of the tent to the far left hand booth, handover exit receipt and that’s it, you’re on your way home.


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David Benson