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 high rocky mountains: Oman offers a variety of landscapes that can fully satisfy all travelers looking for pristine nature and outdoor activities. The country has also an interesting cultural heritage: forts, castles, archaeological sites and traditional markets witness a long history that takes you back to the ancient times 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 from 1970 to 2020, 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!
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 high fees.
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.
We 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 outdoor.
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