Travel Advice for Oman
Oman
Capital: Muscat

Time Zone GMT + 4
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 968
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 999
Tourist
Information
Directorate General of Tourism, PO Box 550, 113 Muscat, Oman. Tel: 774 253
Fax: 794 238.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Tourist and Business visas are required by all except: Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Cases have been reported - take advice from your medical advisors.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from infected areas
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Omani Rail (OR) = 100 baiza.
All major credit cards are accepted although a commission charge may be made for their use. TC: Easily exchanged.
All major cards are accepted, although a commission may be added to charges when using a card. Travellers cheques in US dollars or pound Sterling are easily exchanged.
ATM availability: 50 locations.
Cost of
Living
It is impossible to travel on a tight budget. There are few middle range hotels and restaurants. There is a large contrast between budget and the remaining hotels.
Languages Arabic and English.
Weather June - July are very hot. Rainfall varies according to the region.
Electricity 220/240 volts Ac, 50 Hz.
Post Up to 2 weeks to Western Europe.
Transport BUS: Services exist in Muscat and North Oman.
TAXI: Prices are high and should be agreed in advance.
DOCUMENTATION: Those who have a tourist visa can use their driving licence for up to 7 days. After 7 days a local licence is required and is available from the police station. Off-road driving conditions can be hazardous and road rescue very expensive.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that Oman has only been open to the outside world for a short period therefore visitors should be sensitive to this. PHOTOGRAPHY: Signs will indicate areas where photography is prohibited. Collecting seashells, abalones corals, crayfish and turtle eggs is also forbidden. Avoid wearing shorts and tight fitting clothes.