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Oman information and advice

Most visitors will require a visa to enter Oman. You can apply and get further details on the official Oman Evisa website or through Khimji's House of Travel who, for a small charge, will support you through the process. It is recommended you apply for a Tourist Visit Visa.   

You are recommended to familiarise yourself with local customs, etiquette and laws on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Website (FCDO).

For information on safety and security, including laws and cultural differences please visit the UK Government website here.

Local laws reflect the fact that Oman is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they don’t offend. 

Further advice from the FCDO on travelling as a woman abroad can be found here.

LGBTQ+ travellers can find additional advice here.

Disabled people can find further information about travelling abroad here.

In October, temperatures in Oman hover around an average of 30°C (86°F), reaching highs of 35°C (95°F) in the afternoons and dipping to 25°C (77°F) after dark.  

You should dress modestly in public areas and consideration should be given not to offend the sensibilities of others. It is polite for both men and women to cover tops of arms and legs (below the knee) in public and underwear should not be visible.  

Swimwear should be worn only on private beaches or at hotel 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 head-scarves. 

Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs and their restaurants, bars as well as in airport duty free shops. Howeve, most restaurants that are not within hotels may not serve alcohol. Drinking or being drunk in public places such as public beaches and parks is a punishable offense.  

Alcohol will not be served at any of the Congress social events. 

Import and use of e-cigarettes/vape products are illegal in Oman. 

Like most countries in the Gulf region, Oman’s official business week is Sunday to Thursday, with the weekend being Friday and Saturday. Banks, embassies and consulates are generally open from 8am to 12pm noon. 

The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. All street signs and directions are in both Arabic and English with multilingual tour guides available. 

GMT +4 hours 

Omani Rial 

The Sultanate of Oman has a 5% Government tax and 18% Service Charge on hotel accommodation and food and beverage. 

220/240 Volts. Standard British-type 13-amp square three-pin plugs are used throughout the country. European or US-made appliances may need a plug adapter. 

An international driver’s licence or your home country´s driver’s license (GCC and European nationalities only) is required when driving in Oman. Driving is on the right with speed limits in kilometres. 

Major cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Amex are widely accepted. 

Money can be exchanged at Muscat International Airport, money exchanges and banks. Always make sure to have your passport or ID when exchanging money. 

Key dates

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Monday 15 April 2024 23:59 UK time

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