WELCOME TO OMAN!
The Sultanate of Oman occupies an area of about 309,500 square
kilometers in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. More
than three thousand kilometers of coastline, two vast sandy deserts and
mountains that exceed three thousand meters above sea level: Oman offers
such a variety of landscapes made to fully satisfy all travelers who
love nature and outdoor activities. The country has also an interesting
cultural heritage: forts, castles, archaeological sites, traditional
markets are witnesses of a long history that takes you back to the
ancient time of caravans and ships exporting incense and copper to
Mesopotamia, Mediterranean Sea and India. Thanks to the enlightened
policy of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, in power since 1970, Oman is
nowadays one of the most advanced nations of the Middle East, providing
residents and foreign visitors efficient health care system, modern
infrastructures and high quality tourist services. Moderate and tolerant,
the Sultanate is a peaceful and safe country, not involved in acts of
terrorism, and its crime rate is close to zero. The inhabitants of Oman
are characterized by their kindness and their great sense of hospitality,
according to Omani traditional society. What are your waiting for? Pack
your luggage and come to discover Oman!
GMT + 4
Arabic and English
Omani Rial (OMR)
PASSPORT AND VISA
UE and US nationals must
have a passport valid at least six months from the date of entry and a
tourist visa. You have to apply for online visa 15 days before departure on Royal Oman Police official website (https://evisa.rop.gov.om/en/home).
This procedure is valid for all nationalities mentioned in Country List
1 (http://www.rop.gov.om/old/english/countrylist1.asp). If your nationality is not in Country List 1, contact
the Embassy or Consulate of the Sultanate of Oman in your country for
further information about visa requirements.
In Oman there are no endemic diseases or mandatory required vaccinations
for incoming tourists from UE and US. The level of public and private
health care facilities across the country is good. Common medications
are available in the main pharmacies, but we reccomend you to bring a
first aid kit.
Oman is a safe country, with a very low
crime rate; it is advisable to follow the normal rules of prudence also
adopted in Western countries. In case of emergency you can contact your
embassy in Muscat.
The official currency is the Omani
Rial (OMR), divided into 1000 Baisa. There are banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20
and 50 Rial, 1/2 Rial and 100 Baisa. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in
all hotels and in major shops. ATMs for cash withdrawal are widespread.
Cash (EUR or USD series after 2009) can be changed at any money exchange
(open daily from 8:30 to 12:30 am and from 4:30
to 6:30 pm, closed on Fridays). We suggest you
not to change money at the airport or
at the hotel because of
unfavorable exchange rates and
International code to call Oman from
abroad: +968. The mobile network is widespread throughout the country
and works with GSM 900 and 3G / 4G data connection. You will find wifi
internet connection in almost all hotels, except for tented camps and
hotels located in remote areas.
Electricity: 220-240 volts,
electrical outlets: type G.
The best time to visit Oman is between October and April, during Omani
winter, with average daytime temperatures around 25-35° Celsius, blue
skies, dry and sunny weather. Between December and February the nights
in the desert and on the mountains could be cold and the temperatures
could drop below 5° Celsius. We suggest you to check temperatures on
real time via web before departure.
recommend practical and comfortable clothes, with linen and cotton
garments. In order to respect local people we advise not to wear shorts,
miniskirts, tops and low-cut dresses, particularly when visiting towns
and villages. Polo and T-shirts, trousers and skirts below the knee are
more indicated. Inside Grand Mosque in Muscat it is compulsory to wear
long trousers or long skirts, for both men and women;
ladies must also wear long sleeves
to the wrists and cover their head with a non-transparent scarf.
It is useful to bring: a sweatshirt and a windbreaker
for cooler nights in the desert and on the mountains,
a microfiber beach towel and a swim suit to swim in the
wadis. You should wear comfortable sandals, suitable to walk