Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman, a country of breathtaking natural beauty interwoven with a kaleidoscope of history, legends and adventures.

Welcome to the enchanting Sultanate of Oman! The country will hypnotize you with its fragrant ancient souks, mesmerize you with dramatic landscapes, and leave you spellbound with its stories. Home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Oman is steeped in history and has inspired some of literature’s most famous tales.

Muscat, the vibrant capital, is full of memorable sites and experiences. Head out of the city and Oman becomes even more captivating with its small towns nestled between mountains, Bedouin villages, and the incense route.

Visitors are invited to explore unique experiences like visiting the date farms, witnessing the harvesting of the roses that cover the hills with delicate hues of pink and fill the air with an enchanting fragrance, spending a night under the stars in a desert camp, and swimming in the wadis – stunning natural pools that offer respite from the heat.

A journey of discovery awaits visitors to this welcoming land at the crossroads between Asia, Africa, and Western civilization. Enjoy all of the marvels of this unique place, the ideal gateway to Southern Arabia.


BANKS: Oman has several local and international banks that provide a range of financial services. Major banks include Bank Muscat, NBO, and HSBC Oman.

BUSINESS HOURS: Business hours in Oman typically follow a Sunday to Thursday workweek, with government offices and many private businesses opening from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Some businesses may reopen for evening hours.

CREDIT CARDS: Credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger shops. However, it’s advisable to carry cash for smaller establishments and local markets.

CURRENCY: The currency used in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR), which is further divided into 1,000 baisa.

DRESS CODE: While dress codes are fairly liberal, consideration should be given not to offend the sensibilities of others. Swimwear should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools. When visiting shopping malls and other attractions, tourists should wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing. Certain attractions such as mosques or religious sites usually have stricter dress codes, requiring both men and women to cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear headscarves.

DRINKING WATER: While tap water is generally considered safe for consumption in Oman, many people, including visitors, prefer to drink bottled water.

ELECTRICITY: 220/240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Standard British-type 13-amp square three-pin plugs are used throughout the country. European or US-made appliances may need a plug adapter.

EMERGENCY SERVICES: The emergency contact number for police, fire, or medical assistance in Oman is 9999.

GREETING: A common Omani greeting is “As-salamu alaykum” (peace be upon you), to which the response is “Wa alaykum as-salam” (and upon you be peace). A friendly handshake is customary.

LANGUAGE: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in urban areas and the tourism industry.

MEDICAL SERVICES: Oman provides excellent healthcare services, and major cities have modern hospitals and clinics. It’s advisable to have travel insurance.

PERSONAL CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE: Omani culture emphasizes hospitality and respect. Visitors should be polite and avoid public displays of affection. It’s also customary to accept offers of food and drink.

PHOTOGRAPHY: In Oman, avoid taking pictures of military facilities, government buildings, and people without their permission. Always ask before taking photos.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Oman has a growing public transportation network, including buses and taxis. Major cities like Muscat have modern public transport systems.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Oman has a well-developed telecommunications infrastructure. Mobile networks, including OmanTel and Ooredoo, provide good coverage.

TIME: Oman Standard Time (GMT+4) is the standard time zone observed throughout the year.

WEATHER: The Climate of Oman can be described as subtropical dry, hot desert climate with low annual rainfall, very high temperatures in summer and a big difference between maximum and minimum temperatures, especially in the inland areas. Summer (June to September) is very low rainfall. Daily maximum temperatures can reach easily 40°C or more. Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall.

WIFI: Most hotels, restaurants, and cafes in urban areas provide free Wi-Fi for customers. Additionally, Oman offers free public Wi-Fi in some public spaces.

Here’s some useful vocabulary:
Marhaba – Hello | As-salamu alaykum – Peace be upon you (common greeting) | Wa alaykum as-salam – And upon you be peace (response to greeting) | Shukran – Thank you | Min fadlik – Please | Na’am – Yes | La – No | Ma’a as-salama – Goodbye

Oman Visa

Citizens from the following countries can enter by getting a free visa and entry upon arrival:
Algeria Croatia Hungary Macau Russian Federation Taiwan
Andorra Czechia Iceland Malaysia San Marino Thailand
Argentina Cyprus Indonesia Malta Slovenia Tunisia
Australia Denmark Iran Mauritania Serbia Turkey
Austria Ecuador Ireland Moldova Seychelles Ukraine
Belgium Estonia Island Monaco Singapore United Kingdom
Bolivia Finland Italy Netherlands Suriname United States of America
Brazil France Japan New Zealand Slovakia Uruguay
Brunei Darussalam Georgia Latvia Norway Slovenia Vatican City
Canada Germany Lebanon Paraguay South Africa Venezuela
Chile Ghana Liechtenstein Poland South Korea
China Greece Lithuania Portugal Spain
Colombia Hong Kong Macedonia Romania Switzerland
Citizens from countries in group A can enter if they have a current visa in their passport from any entity in group B:
Albania Kazakhstan United States of America
United Kingdom
The countries of the Schengen agreement
Armenia Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan Laos
Belarus Maldives
Bhutan Mexico
Bosnia Morocco
Costa Rica Nicaragua
Cuba Panama
Egypt Peru
Guatemala Salvador
Herzegovina Tajikistan
Honduras Turkmenistan
India Uzbekistan
Jordan Vietnam