Oman travel information
Due to the spread of the corona virus, foreign
citizens are denied entry to Oman. International air
traffic in/out of Oman has been canceled since March 29,
indefinitely. For more information, see the section
Security in Oman is generally good and there is
little crime in the country. The political situation in
the country is largely calm, and as conditions are
today, there is no danger of staying in Oman. There are
a growing number of tourists from all over the world
traveling to the country.
Traffic in Oman can be risky and it is recommended to
exercise caution if traveling on Omani roads, not least
because as a tourist it is usual to travel up the
mountains. The road conditions in the cities and between
the big cities are good. Road conditions in less urban
The embassy advises everyone to register their
journey via reiseregistrering.no.
There is little risk of natural disasters in Oman.
Heavy sandstorms can occur inland in spring and summer.
In southern Oman, the rainy season can lead to floods.
However, tropical cyclones are rare. Always follow the
advice of local authorities when severe storms are
- Countryaah: Muscat is the capital
of Oman. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens must have a visa for Oman, and
there are different types:
One entry, 10 consecutive days. Price: approx. 5
Omani Rial (OMR)
One entry, 30 consecutive days. Price: approx. 40 OMR
Multiple entries, a total of 30 days in one year. Price:
approx. 70 OMR
The country has introduced an e-visa portal for visa
applications and payment. The process is relatively
simple, with short processing time. The application must
be submitted no later than one week before entry.
However, during a transitional period (2018/2019) it has
been possible to obtain a ten day tourist visa on
arrival. Some visa applicants have experienced technical
problems with the visa portal and had to obtain a visa
on arrival. It is unclear how long this transition
period will last. The authorities are asking everyone to
apply for and arrange a visa in advance.
Please note that there are rules for how long a visa
is valid after it is issued, see the e-visa portal for
more information. The expiry date for the visa is listed
in the visa document itself.
The Oman Embassy in Berlin, which is responsible for
the connections to Norway, can also provide further
information on visa issues.
Oman's Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Address: Clayallee 82, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Phone: (+49) 30 810 05 10
Fax: (+49) 30 810 051 99
Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 am-3pm Head of
Station: Mr Khalid Sulaiman 'Abdul Rahman Ba Omar,
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
In Oman, there are hundreds of cases of infection,
and the situation is developing rapidly. The authorities
have quarantined a large number of people and introduced
many measures to prevent dissemination. Among other
things, banks, shops, mosques and restaurants are
closed, public transport is stopped, all educational
institutions are closed until further notice, private
and public gatherings are prohibited. The metropolitan
area (Muscat) is completely closed off. All events are
postponed indefinitely, there is a ban on hand greeting,
smoking shisha is illegal, etc.
As of March 29, all airports in Oman were closed to
international air traffic. There is only public
transport between the Musandam and Masirah areas. Some
major European countries have set up separate
(commercial) flights from Muscat to Europe. Norwegians
traveling in Oman who want to return to Norway should
check with their travel company/airline when the next
The authorities decided on March 15 to suspend the
issue of tourist visas indefinitely. Foreign citizens
are refused entry to the country and all residents must
quarantine. Omani citizens abroad are brought home.
Persons who do not report infection will risk three
months imprisonment, as well as a fine of OMR 1000
(approx. NOK 28,500).
Follow the recommendations and instructions from
Oman's health authorities on Corona virus disease.
If you are in Oman, you can also call the national
helpline, phone +968 921 99 389.
- Take a closer look at Oman's decision to stop
tourist visas - on twitter.
- See also overview of the situation throughout
the Middle East.
The health care system in Oman is relatively modern.
We still recommend travelers to contact the National
Institute of Public Health for updated information.
Be prepared for warm climates, especially during the
six summer months, as temperatures in the Muscat area
and inland can reach 40-50 degrees.
All travelers to Oman should have travel insurance
that includes returning home in case of serious illness.
We also encourage all Norwegians traveling to or who
have permanent residence in Oman to register at
Oman is an Arab country on the Arabian Peninsula,
with as close ties to the Indian Ocean as the Gulf. The
vast majority of the population is Muslims. The Omani
variant of Islam, ibadi, is characterized by a high
degree of tolerance.
There is no mandatory dress code in Oman. The embassy
nevertheless recommends that visitors pay attention to
local traditions with a moderate dressing style that
covers shoulders and knees. When visiting mosques, women
must wear abaya and headscarf.
During the fasting month of Ramadan, one should not
eat or drink in a public place between sunrise and
sunset. At hotels and more international restaurants,
however, there will be (discreet) service during the
In the area around Muscat most people speak English,
but it can be more difficult to understand in the
There are severe penalties for possession and use of
narcotics. Serious drug law violations can result in the
Homosexuality is prohibited in Oman, but the ban is
not actively followed up.
The current in Oman is 220 volts. The power outlets
are of the British type with three holes, but in the
hotels there are often outlets also of the Norwegian
type. There is mostly full mobile coverage.
ATMs such as Taking Visa cards is widespread. Most
restaurants, hotels and shops accept payment by card.
Opening hours: The weekend in Oman is Friday and
Saturday. Banks are usually open from 8am to 12pm and
from 2:30 pm to 6pm, Sunday to Thursday, but with local
differences. At Muscat International Airport there are
24-hour banking services, at Salalah airport it is open
for arrivals and departures. Regular stores open 8 or 9
in the morning, with a lunch break from 12 or 13 to 16,
and stay open for approx. 21 in the evening. Most are
also open Friday 16 - 21.
National holidays are July 23 ("Renaissance Day") and
November 18 (National Day and Sultan Qaboos' birthday).
In addition come the religious holidays for Mohammed's
birthday and Ascension (Isra wa Miraj), Islamic New
Year, as well as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
The time difference is +3 hours in winter time and +2
hours in summer time compared to Norway.
Norwegian Embassy and Consulate
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Tel: (+966 11) 488 1904
Fax: (+966 11) 488 0854 and (+966 1) 483 3168
Visiting Address: Diplomatic Quarter (at Roundabout #
4), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Opening hours Sunday to Thursday: 08.30-16.00 local
time. Closed Friday and Saturday.
Honorary Consul General
Mr. Anwar Ali Sultan
Royal Norwegian Consulate General
P.O. Box 89 Ruwi-Muscat,
Postal Code 112,
Sultanate of Oman
Tel: (+968) 245 26233
Fax: (+968) 245 26050
Visiting Address: Bait Towell, Building no. 81
Exhibition Road, Al Athaiba, Muscat, Oman.
Opening hours Sunday to Thursday: 8-17 local time.
Closed Friday and Saturday.