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1 USD = 0.39 OMR
1 EUR = 0.49 OMR
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Oman Arrival

Tourist visas can be obtained through travel agencies as well as Oman hotels provided you stay at the hotel. Contacting an Omani consulate for up to date information specific to your interests is recommended. It can take three to ten days to obtain a tourist visa with a validity period of three months, and an actual period of stay of one month. Citizens of the Arab Gulf countries do not need a visa to enter Oman.


Seeb International Airport, located in Muscat, is served by many international airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Swiss Air and Emirates. The national carrier is Oman Air which flies to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, and Sri Lanka as well as performing domestic flights to Salalah, Masirah Island and Musandam.

Taxis or cars can be hired at the airport, or you Oman hotel will arrange for transport.

Oman Climate

Summer is between April to September when the weather is hot and humid. Winter begins around October and continues to April; the weather is cool and pleasant.

Oman Currency

The Omani Rial (OR) = 1000 baiza. Notes are in denominations of OR 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500, 250, 200 and 100 baiza. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10 and 5 baiza.

Major credit cards are widely accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers' cheques are easily exchanged. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars.

Oman Time

UTC / GMT (+4 hours)

Oman Business Hours

Ministries and government establishments: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Sat.-Wed., (weekend is Thurs. and Fri.)

Private sector companies: 8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 7:00pm Sat.-Wed., 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursdays.

Markets: 8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 9:00pm.

Banking hours: Sat.-Wed. 8 am until noon, Thurs. 08:00-11:30am.

Museums: 7:30am to 2:00pm except Thurs., Fri. and official holidays.

Grand Mosque
Grand Mosque

Oman Communication

Public telephone use prepaid phone cards. Cards are available from filling stations, supermarkets and some smaller shops in various units up to RO 5. International direct dialling (IDD) is available. Country code for Oman is 968. To place an international call from within the country, dial 00 before the country code you are accessing. Mobile telephone operates under the GSM 900 network. The Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) is the local operator (website: There are fax facilities in most hotels and in the major cities. There are Internet cafes in the cities of Nizwa and Muscat. Airmail to Western Europe takes three to four days. English-language newspapers include The Oman Daily Observer and The Times of Oman.

Telegram: Services are available at the counter in the Central Telegraph Office, Muscat. In case of difficulty, visitors may book calls through the international operator.

Radio: BBC World Service (website: and Voice of America (website: can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online.

Oman Electricity

220/240Volts 50 Hertz


Oman Language

Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken with French and German spoken by some hotel staff. Swahili, Urdo, and other Persian dialects exist within their respective communities.

Oman Dress Code

Light and loose fitting clothing of natural fibres is best for the summer months. A sweater or light jacket will be appreciated during the evenings in the winter. Covering the skin from the damaging ultra-violet rays of the sun is highly recommended. Conservative dress is the norm when not on the beach.

Oman Transport

Oman Air runs domestic flights to Salalah and Khasab from Seeb airport. (The approximate flight time to Salalah is 90 minutes.) When driving, remember to drive on the right. Principal routes run from east to west, connecting Muscat to Sohor, and from north to south. The state-owned Oman National Transport Company has been developing a network of bus services in Muscat and north Oman using modern vehicles. There is competition from taxis and pick-up trucks converted for passenger service. Taxi prices are high and fares should be agreed in advance. (Shared taxis are also available.) Car rental is available from Avis and Budget, which have offices at hotels throughout the country.


Oman Health Facilities

Oman has an extensive public health service (free to Omani nationals), however, costs are high for foreigners and health insurance is recommended.

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