Fire and rescue services
We haven't changed our level of advice.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Oman overall.
Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Oman overall.
Use common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.
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International terrorist groups are active in the Arabian Peninsula. Attacks against targets in Oman may happen.
Be alert to possible threats and:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings.
Monitor media and other sources for advice on possible unrest. Avoid affected areas.
Take extra care around the time of Friday prayers.
Plan your activities to avoid potential unrest on national or commemorative days.
Be prepared to change your travel plans in case civil unrest disrupts them.
If transport disruptions affect you, contact your airline, travel agent or insurer for help.
Armed conflict is ongoing in neighbouring Yemen.
If you travel to border areas, be alert to possible threats.
Seek local advice on routes to minimise security threats.
Oman has a low crime rate.
Petty criminals sometimes target tourists for burglaries and theft.
Women travelling alone have been assaulted. Risks increase at night.
Travellers camping in small groups in isolated areas have been assaulted.
To stay safe:
Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes operators of adventure activities.
If you plan to do an adventure activity:
If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.
The monsoon season is from June to September. Flooding may happen.
Oman may experience cyclones, especially during the monsoon season.
Rain can cause flooded roads, including in mountain areas and river valleys.
Sand and dust storms can occur during the drier months from October to May.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Oman. Take enough legal medicine for your trip. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the Sultanate of Oman for advice.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
Malaria is a low ongoing risk due to Oman's high temperature and humidity.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, a rash or a severe headache.
Dehydration is common in summer.
To avoid heat stroke and dehydration:
Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are reported in Oman.
Avoid contact with camels. Don’t consume raw camel milk, undercooked camel meat, or anything contaminated with camel secretions.
Get medical advice if you have a fever, cough, breathing difficulties or diarrhoea.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
Health care is generally good, but can vary from region to region.
Hospitals and clinics in larger cities are better equipped.
Treatment costs can be high.
If you become seriously ill or have an accident, you may have to be evacuated to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
Omani law applies to you even if you're transiting and don't leave the airport.
Behaviour that may be considered offensive or antisocial, but not criminal, in Australia could break Omani law. See 'Other laws' below.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
The Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is accredited to Oman. The Embassy in Riyadh doesn't have direct access to Omani Government institutions such as police stations, jails and hospitals. The Australian Government must formally seek access via the Omani Embassy in Riyadh. This can cause delays if you need consular help.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. If you possess even a small amount of drugs, you'll attract at least a 12-month jail sentence.
If you're involved in legal matters, get professional legal advice. This especially includes family law regarding divorce, child custody and child support.
Know your rights and responsibilities.
Authorities may not let you leave Oman if you:
Serious offences, such as murder, may attract the death penalty.
The following activities are illegal:
Always ask people for permission if you want to take their photo.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Oman has strict Islamic dress and behaviour codes.
Hotels may refuse accommodation to couples who can't prove they're married. Take extra care during Ramadan and Shia religious festivals.
The Omani weekend is Friday and Saturday.
To ensure you don't offend:
If in doubt, seek local advice.
To observe dress codes:
The Islamic holiday month of Ramadan will be from late April to late May in 2020. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time.
Avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public and in front of people who are fasting.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
You'll need a visa to enter Oman. Apply for an e-visa online.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an embassy or consulate of the Sultanate of Oman for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
If your passport contains evidence of entry to Israel, or another country's border crossing points with Israel, authorities will deny you entry to Oman.
Omani authorities may not allow you to enter Oman from Yemen without prior approval.
You need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Oman if you're arriving from a country where it's a risk.
Under Omani law, children with an Omani father are Omani nationals. They will need their father's permission to leave Oman.
Some countries won't let you enter/leave unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Authorities may not allow you to exit or enter Oman if you're travelling on an emergency passport. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the Sultanate of Oman for advice.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
By law, you must always carry your passport.
If your passport shows 'X' in the gender field, Omani authorities may refuse you entry. 'X' refers to those who are indeterminate, intersex or unspecified sex.
The local currency is the Omani Rial (OMR).
Declare all precious metals, local and foreign currency valued more than OMR6000 when you arrive and depart. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
You can easily exchange US dollars and euros at commercial banks and currency bureaus.
Credit card facilities and ATMs are widely available.
Ask your bank if your cards will work in Oman.
If you hold an Omani residence permit and an Australian driver license, you should obtain an Omani driver licence.
If you are in Oman on a visit visa, you should hold an International Driving Permit (IDP). Your IDP should be endorsed by the Oman road authorities, this is usually be done at the rental car company at the airport.
The annual death toll on Omani roads is extremely high. You're 5 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident in Oman than in Australia.
Safety hazards include:
Dangers are higher if you drive outside major cities, especially after dark, and on unsealed roads.
The Omani Government restricts travel to some areas, including the Yemeni borders. You'll need authorisation from Omani authorities to travel to restricted areas.
You may be detained and fined if you drive under the influence of alcohol.
If you plan to drive:
Check your travel insurance covers you for riding motorbikes, quad bikes or similar.
Always wear a helmet.
Only use registered taxis and limousines. Arrange these through your accommodation if you can.
Use a meter taxi or agree on the fare with the driver before getting in a taxi.
Long-distance shared taxis and minibuses operate between major centres.
These services aren't networked or scheduled.
Territorial disputes and security issues in many of the waters near Oman make sea travel in these areas risky, especially around the islands of Abu Musa and Tunbs in the southern Gulf. Piracy occurs in the waters around Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. If you travel by sea, monitor the International Maritime Bureau piracy reports.
If you travel by sea to or near Oman:
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Oman's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about a tourist service or product.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia has an Honorary Consul in Oman who can provide limited consular help.
For consular, passport and notarial enquiries, contact the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The embassy will contact the Honorary Consul as needed.
Abdullah Bin Hozafa Al-Shami Avenue
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone: (+966) 11 250 0900
Fax: (+966) 11 250 0902
The working week is Sunday to Thursday.
Check the Embassy website for detail about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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