OMAN TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO OMAN
Omanis are proud of both their country's rapid progress and their heritage as one of the great sea-faring nations. Excellent schools and hospitals, good governance, and on-going infrastructure improvement are all important characteristics of this once introverted and closed nation.
Oman is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the Middle East awaiting discovery. Don’t wait for the hordes to descend; take a trip to the land of spectacular mountains and beautiful beaches that stretch forever. While coconuts grow in the southern coastal areas, roses and grapes are grown in the highlands around Jebel Akhdar.
The country has a historical past and an old-world charm, unlike other Gulf countries where prosperity is only recently acquired. Muscat, the capital city, is the business hub but has preserved its 16th-century monuments with care. The vacation capital, Salalah, has miles and miles of unblemished coastline full of beautiful beaches that stretch forever.
OMAN COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Oman has extended the suspension of all commercial flights, except for humanitarian and repatriation flights.Entry restrictionsOman has extended the suspension of all commercial flights, except for humanitarian and repatriation flights.Oman has restricted the entry of all travelers except for Omani citizens and residents, who must have prior approval before returning to the country. Residents of Oman should contact their nearest Oman Embassy for advice. Alternatively, their sponsors can email the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs at of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates must enter with a passport are allowed to enter Oman.All permissions to return to Oman are subject to the Government of Oman’s approval. When checking in at the airport, residents returning to Oman must present either proof of their accommodation (such as a rental agreement) or have a letter from their sponsor confirming that they have accommodation.Entry requirementsAll travelers arriving into Oman must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 96 hours prior to arrival.Travelers must complete a "Traveler registration form" and must present before boarding.Travelers must download Tarassud+ phone app before arrival.On arrival in Oman travelers will have their temperature checked. Those who show symptoms of coronavirus may be sent to a testing center and/or a quarantine facility. All foreign nationals must have valid health insurance.Quarantine requirementsResidents arriving in Oman are subject to 7 days of quarantine at either their residence in Oman or at a hotel at their own expense.Arriving travelers may be given a tracking bracelet to wear and a passenger locator form to complete, and may be asked to download Hmushrif app if they are staying for more than 7 days.There are currently 8,066 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Oman and 1,326 deaths as of Nov 15 2020
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OMAN QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Muscat
- Government: Monarchy (sultanate)
- Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
- Area: 309,500 km²
- Population: 4,829 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic (official), Swahili, English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects
- Religion: Ibadhi Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Hindu
- Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (US & UK plugs)
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OMAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 23 July, Renaissance Day (Marking the start of the reign of Sultan Qaboos)
- 18 November, National Day and birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos
Also, Maulid an-Nabi, Leilat al-Meiraj, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Al Hijrah, and Ashura.
OMAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Oman has a subtropical, dry climate with summer monsoons and hot, dusty winds. During the summer months of June and July, temperatures reach 48°C during day, and average about 32°C at night. Winter seasons are cooler with occasional rainfall, and spring and autumn are warm and mostly dry with maximum temperatures between 25°C and 35°C.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN OMAN
With new hiking trails marked out each season, the trekking season in Oman begins in September and typically ends in May when the summer heat sets in. The best time for hiking is from October to April when you can experience a bit of the winter chill when reaching the mountaintop.
BEACH OPTIONS IN OMAN
The beaches of Oman are beautiful and you can even see turtle-hatching between April and August every year. From June to September it is extremely hot and dry so you will most likely prefer to be inland at a higher altitude!
SURFING IN OMAN
Oman has pretty decent surf from June to January. Some of the best surf spots are: The Sharqiya Region, The East Coast, Asilah Town, Al Ashkharah, Bandar Al Saqlah and Masirah.
KITESURF IN OMAN
From April to September (especially April & May) the island of Al Masirah in the Southeastern coast of Oman becomes a kind of wind Mecca for kiteboarders and windsurfers, taking advantage of the strong winds of the Indian monsoon here.
For more details on kite surfing in Oman expand this section!
HEALTH RISKS IN OMAN
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Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.