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Oman Travel Information

According to thedresswizard, Oman (Arabic: سلطنة عُمان Salṭanat ʿUmān) is a country in Asia. Oman consists of two parts separated by the United Arab Emirates. These parts are Oman and Musandam. Oman borders the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The much smaller exclave of Musandam only borders the United Arab Emirates. Oman has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1971. The capital of Oman is Muscat (Muscat). A number of major cities in Oman are: Salalah, Sohar, Rustaq, Sur and Nizwa.

Oman is known as a country with a long history and its beautiful location on the Arabian Peninsula. There are mountain areas, rock formations and desert areas. In Oman, different tribes still live according to age-old traditions. The coast of Oman is ideal for a beach stay and/or water sports. You can dive and snorkel for dolphins, whales, turtles, colorful fish and coral reefs. Another attraction of Oman are the many forts such as Mutrah Fort, Mirani Fort, Jalali Fort and Sohar Fort. There are also waterfalls and many old towns to admire. See securitypology for Oman the secret pearl of the orient.

Where is Oman located?

Travel information of Oman

Official name: Sultanate of Oman
Continent: Asia
Area: 309,500 km²
Capital: Muscat (Muscat)
Country code: OM, OMN
Population: 4,664,844 inhabitants (2019)
Form of government: Sultanate (Absolute monarchy)
Highest point: 2,980 m (Djabal Shams)
Distance (Amsterdam – Muscat): 5,516 km
Flight time: approximately 7 hours and 15 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Oman that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Oman, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Oman. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Oman?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Oman at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Oman has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round. In the desert areas temperatures can rise to about 45 degrees and in the mountain areas temperatures can drop to about 5 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Oman can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Oman can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, March, November and December are the best months to travel to Oman. This avoids the extremely hot summer period.

Arabic is the official language in Oman. In addition, a lot of English is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Oman.
An e-visa is required to visit Oman. You can apply for it online at the official website This visa is valid for 10 or 30 days.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Oman:
Embassy of Oman in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Oman, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Oman, payment is made with the Omani Rial (OMR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Oman can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Oman are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -30% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (42% cheaper), food (14% cheaper), imported beer in catering (106% more expensive), cigarettes (54% cheaper) and public transport (66% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Oman it is not customary to tip. However, service costs are sometimes automatically added to the bill.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 2 hours later in Oman.
During our winter time it is 3 hours later in Oman.
Oman has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Oman can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Oman you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Oman.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Oman.

In Oman you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Oman can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 9999
– Fire: 9999
– Ambulance: 9999

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Oman can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Oman can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Oman end
Official websites of Oman: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Oman is 00968 or +968.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Oman? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Oman.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Oman.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Oman.

An overview of all public holidays in Oman can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Oman, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Oman?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Oman. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Oman can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Oman can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Oman? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Oman.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Oman, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Oman, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Oman.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 21.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence up to 10 years.
– Clothing: Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited.

Did you know that…
…Oman was known as ‘Maskat and Oman’ until 1970?
…Oman has been occupied by the Potugese for 150 years?
…Oman has no political parties?
…Oman has only had plans to build railways since 2013?
…about 20,000 turtles lay eggs in Oman every year?
…It is almost impossible to get Coca-Cola in Oman?

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