Important facts and information to know when visiting Oman
A destination with a little bit of everything from mountains to desert to ocean. What defines Oman from most of its neighbours is its stringent efforts to retain its original character. Strict building codes have prevented any sort of high rise development gives the feeling of a land that time forgot – in a wonderful, characterful way!
Visiting Oman Important Facts
|Official Name||Sultanate of Oman
|Currency||Omani Rial | 1OR=1000biasa 1OR =2.6USD
|Language||Arabic (English widely spoken as is Baluchi, Urdu, Hindi)
|Leadership||Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said - Monarch & Head of State
|Important Dates||National Day 18 November, 23 July Renaissance Day & islamic Holidays
|Climate||Subtropical - varies across regions
|Electrics||Type G British
|Visas||Visit Visa online, fees payable
|Safety||Exercise normal precautions|
Oman visa information
- Since 17 March 2018 you now need to apply for an eVisa in advance
- 30-day tourist visas cost 20OR ($52USD). The 10 day visit Visa has recently been re-introduced 5OR
- GCC residents can apply at the lower rate of 5OR (note the main household sponsor must be present to avail this discount)
- If you are crossing the border by land from the UAE note there is also an exit fee from the UAE (35AED as at November 2017)
Points for family visitors to be aware of in Oman
- Ladies are not required to be covered but should dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention. You can read our full guide on what to wear for children, women & men here.
- Beyond the bigger towns, supplies of Western brand baby products are more difficult to get. Stock up on anything you need whilst in Muscat, Sohar or Nizwa where there are big supermarkets like Carrefour. Khasab on the Musandam Peninsular has a large Lulus
General travel tips for visiting Oman
- In some places such as the Musandam Peninsula, UAE Dirhams are accepted at a 10:1 rate to the Omani Riyal – a small downside in the exchange but it may well save you trying to find an ATM if you are only in Oman for a day or two
See our regional guide to culture and religion for more – coming soon
When is it best to visit Oman
Oman is best visited during the cooler winter months of the year where daytime temperatures are pleasant – October through to May. It can rain in the winter, be warned of the risk of flash flooding.
During the summer months of July through to September, the southern city of Salalah benefits from the Khareef – monsoonal weather that makes temperatures much cooler than elsewhere on the Arabian Peninsular. The hottest month of the year is June.
Most popular attractions in Oman
Oman is a geographically fascinating country which brings with it many interesting features that families will love.
- Muscat – The historic city capital which in stark contrast to the rest of the Middle East has no skyscrapers, so much of the cities original charm and architecture remains
- Ras Al Jinz – catch the turtle migration and hatching season
- Jebel Jais – scale the country’s tallest peak
- The Wadis – mountainous ravines are a huge feature of Oman’s eastern regions (see superb guide here to Oman’s best Wadi locations!)
- Sinkhole – there are a few sinkholes that visitors can swim in but the most famous is the Bimmah Sinkhole
- Musandam Peninsula – the mountainous Northern enclave separated from the mainland of Oman by the UAE.
- Nizwa – the historic capital of Oman
- Al Hoota Caves – in the mountains beyond Nizwa you’ll find these amazing natural limestone formations
- Whahiba Sands – beautiful desert sands to the west of Muscat
- Salalah– the oasis city of the southern coast
Oman with Kids – Our Travel Stories
We have some great Oman travel stories with kids on our site and shared by our community, check out these resources:
- [READ] Best of Muscat with Kids
- [READ] Easy Muscat Day Trips
- [READ] Dubai to Muscat Road Trip Planner
- [READ] How to enjoy the best of Oman with kids
- [READ] How to Road Trip Oman
- [READ] Muscat to Musandam by air, sea & road
- [READ] Discover the Beautiful Musandam Peninsular – Our Globetrotters
- [READ] Visiting Oman’s Historic Forts – Mummy Travels
- [READ] Spending a night at Ras al Jinz Eco Reserve – Screen-Free Adventures
- [GUIDE] Where to stay in Musandam
- [GUIDE] Best family accommodation in Muscat
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Further reading and resources on Oman
Blogs & Social channels
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Oman Observer – Oman’s leading English newspaper
Here are some popular recommendations on Guidebooks
We cannot live without our Explorer guidebooks, especially if you are planning to do any off-roading this book is an invaluable investment.
Recommended Tours and Drivers
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Movies and literature
The Turtle of Oman – moving novel based on a child who must leave his Muscat home to immigrate to the US
Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State – a look back through the countries recent history
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