As limitations are eased and more people travel, tourism is on the rise again in Oman. Costly flights and PCR test requirements kept people from traveling until May of 2022.
“A disaster” was the ticketing officer’s word for the past two years when speaking about travel. Sales of tickets and trips have soared since restrictions were loosened. As a result of the relaxation of travel limitations, families can now travel for less money.
After a two-month holiday in India, Vinod Raghavan returns to Oman this week. “For the first time in two years, I was able to see my loved ones. Oman’s decision to lift travel restrictions is a blessing.” Raghavan explained. According to Raghavan, travel expenses were driven up due to regulations and guidelines. Waiting for test results and queuing at airports were part of the lengthy process.
Mustafa Rahim recalls the hard time he had traveling to Karachi on a short notice during the peak of the epidemic. “In addition to being a health hazard, it was a mess. Because there were no direct flights, I had to go via Sharjah. Then my PCR test result came in late and the confusion just escalated.”
When Rahim returned to Oman, he remembered the paperwork and long lineups. “It took four hours for my PCR test to be completed.” In addition, there was a quarantine period at the hotel. “It’s nice to have it over with.”
A proof of immunization is not required in Oman anymore, but it is still required in certain other nations.