Oman Travel Guide
Get ready to explore spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage sites and charming desert towns when you take a look at our Oman travel guide.
While undeniably exciting, visiting a new country can also often be an overwhelming experience. To set your mind at ease so you can focus on exactly how you’ll spend your days in this glorious Arabic nation, we’ve laid out some useful tips below to prepare you for an upcoming Oman vacation.
Learn all about its visa process, find out what currency Oman uses, and discover the easiest ways to get around this beautiful country.
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Visas for Oman
Unless you are an Omani passport holder, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the country. This can be done electronically via the Royal Oman Police website. Tourist visas for Oman cost 20 OMR and are valid for six months from the date of issue. Within this period, you can stay in Oman for up to 30 days.
To apply for an Oman tourist visa, you’ll need:
- A passport that is valid for at least six months.
- A booked return flight.
- Proof of funds to support the cost of your vacation.
Once you’ve applied for your visa online and submitted all supporting documents, you’ll be issued with an email notification that you’ll need to show to border control when you arrive in Oman.
Language in Oman
The official language in Oman is Arabic, although you’ll find many people will also speak a good level of English. While you won’t struggle to communicate in cities such as Muscat, you may still want to learn a few useful phrases in Arabic before you go. For example, “marhaba” means “hello”, while “shukran” means “thank you”.
The local currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR), which comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50. It’s pegged to the US dollar, with 1 OMR typically equating to $2.60 US, and 1 OMR is equal to 1000 Baiza (similar to cents). Baizas come in denominations of 25 and 50 (coins) and notes worth 100 or 500. You’ll be able to buy currency at money exchanges and bank branches in cities, some shopping malls or at the airport when you arrive.
If you’d like to use your bank card in Oman, many are widely accepted. This includes Visa and Mastercard, but not usually American Express. Make sure you inform your bank that you’re traveling abroad to avoid any extra charges or issues.
Tipping is not mandatory in Oman. Like many other countries though, it’s good manners to tip for exceptional service, especially in hotels or restaurants. If you take a taxi in Oman, you’ll not be expected to pay the driver a tip.
Health Information for Oman
Health services in Oman’s cities and large towns are usually of a good standard, especially in private clinics and hospitals. If you’re visiting more remote regions such as the Wahiba Sands or Jebel Shams, bear in mind that medical care is much more limited.
It’s essential that you secure decent travel insurance which will cover the cost of care for any accidents or unexpected illnesses while in Oman.
Before you set off on your vacation to Oman, make sure you’ve updated any routine vaccinations which may have expired. There are also several vaccinations that are strongly recommended for visitors to Oman. These are:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever (only if you’re traveling from or have recently been to a country that is high risk)
While tap water is generally considered safe, we advise you to carry and drink bottled water while you are out and about.
In the unlikely event that you’re involved in an accident or emergency situation in Oman, you can contact the local police, fire department, or ambulance services by calling 9999.
Getting Around Oman
No matter where you decide to visit in Oman, there’s a wide choice of transport methods which will connect you to the country’s cities, towns, and rural regions.
Domestic flights between Muscat and Salalah are operated by Oman Air and are frequent and affordable. You can also travel between cities on long-distance buses or by hiring a car. Note that you must have a driver’s license that’s valid for at least six months to rent a car in Oman.
If you’re renting a car, you’ll find road signs are written in both Arabic and English. The roads in Oman are well-maintained, however, you may need a 4WD if you’re heading out into the countryside. Make sure you stock up your car with plenty of freshwater in case of breakdowns. It’s also possible to hire a car with a driver and/or guide if you’d rather not drive yourself.
In Oman’s major cities, metered taxis are a popular mode of transport and cheaper than private taxis. They also offer much-needed respite from the intense Omani heat in the summer months!
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Jebel Akhdar, a limestone mountain surrounded by rugged terrain, sits at the heart of the Al Hajar Mountain Range located in northeast Oman.
Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain at about 3,000 meters, is situated north of Al Hamra town.
Jebel Shams and Al Hamra
Khasab, the capital city of the Musandam province, is where the ancient maritime history of Oman comes alive.
Khasab and Musandam Region
Ringed by majestic mountains and the ocean, Muscat is an ancient port city that justly means ‘safe anchorage’.
The former capital city of Oman, Nizwa continues to bustle with the commercial significance of an ancient trading center.
Ras Al Jinz, with its dramatic cliffs and beautiful sandy beach, is the easternmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
Ras Al Jinz
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