Frequently asked questions

Most visitors require a visa to enter Oman, which can be obtained online through the Royal Oman Police eVisa website. Citizens of some countries are eligible for a visa on arrival.

The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, currency exchange bureaus, and hotels.

The official language in Oman is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas and hotels.

When visiting Oman, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for local customs. Loose-fitting, conservative clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and legs is recommended. Women should also carry a scarf to cover their hair when entering mosques or other religious sites.

Omani people are known for their hospitality and friendliness, but it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Avoid public displays of affection, dress modestly, and ask for permission before taking photos of locals or their property.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in Oman, particularly in hotels, restaurants, and larger shops. However, it is always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments or local markets.

Oman uses the Type G power outlet, which is the same as in the United Kingdom. The standard voltage is 240V, and the frequency is 50Hz. It's advisable to bring a universal adapter if your devices use different plugs.

No specific vaccinations are required for travel to Oman, but it's recommended to be up-to-date with routine vaccinations. Consult your doctor for personalized advice based on your travel plans.

Oman is in the Gulf Standard Time zone (GST), which is four hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+4).

Omani cuisine is a mix of Arabian, Persian, Indian, and African influences. Traditional dishes include shuwa (slow-cooked marinated lamb), majboos (spiced rice with meat), and harees (wheat and meat porridge). Vegetarian options are also available in most restaurants.

Oman Entry Visa

Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates do not require a visa to visit Oman, and may use National ID Cards to enter the country.

Those who hold a visa or entrance stamp of the Emirate of Dubai that is valid for at least 21 days are visa exempt. Similarly, those who hold a visa for Qatar that is valid for travel to Oman and valid for at least one month, and who are nationals of visa on arrival eligible countries, are visa exempt when arriving directly from Qatar.

Citizens of New Zealand may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 3 months, which is extendable once for a fee.

Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days, which is extendable once for a fee. Starting March 21st 2018, it will not be possible to receive a visa on arrival, one must apply for a visa online.

Documentation and entry conditions differ between countries. While in most cases a Tourist Visa can be procured on arrival, obtaining the appropriate visa prior to travelling is highly recommended.

To apply for an e-visa and for more information on the different types of visas available and countries permitted to purchase a visa on arrival, please visit the Royal Oman Police website

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