OmanOfficial Name: Sultanate of Oman
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Required. Obtain a 10-day or 30-day visa by presenting your U.S. passport at all points of entry, except the Mazoonah and Sarfait land crossings at the Oman-Yemen border. Omani police can limit the number of 10-day or 30-day visas.
Yellow fever (if you are coming from an area with yellow fever outbreaks)
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
Declare cash amounts more than 20,000 USD or OMR 7,700. Customs details are here.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Declare cash amounts more than 20,000 USD or OMR 7,700. Customs details are here.
Embassies and Consulates
Jamiat A'Duwal Al Arabiya Street,
Al Khuwair Area (Shatti Al-Qurum), Muscat
Telephone: +(968) 2464-3400
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(968) 2464-3400
Fax: +(968) 2464-3535
Routine American Citizens Services appointments are available online. The U.S. Embassy is closed on Omani and U.S. holidays. In the event of an emergency outside of normal office hours, U.S. citizens may call the number above for assistance
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
For complete visa information, visit the Embassy of Oman’s website or call the embassy of Oman in Washington, D.C. at (202) 387-1980.
You need a visa to enter Oman, with at least six months’ validity remaining on your passport.
Request tourist or business visas at Omani embassies or consulates or ask for a 10-day or 30-day visa by presenting your U.S. passport at all points of entry, except the Mazoonah and Sarfait land crossings at the Oman-Yemen border.
Omani immigration officials determine the length of the visa, depending on your travel purpose. They will only issue a limited number of 10-day or 30-day visas. We strongly recommend that you have proof of adequate funds and an onward/return ticket.
Be sure your passports and visas are in order prior to entering Oman. Penalties for immigration violations can include fines and/or imprisonment.
Oman does not recognize dual nationality. If you have Omani/U.S. dual nationality, Omani authorities may confiscate your U.S. passport. If this happens, contact the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. The seizure does not constitute loss of U.S. citizenship.
Children of Omani fathers automatically acquire Omani citizenship at birth and must enter and exit Oman on their Omani passports. Omani/U.S. citizens are subject to all Omani laws, including those imposing special obligations on citizens of Oman.
Yellow fever vaccinations are required if you are coming from a country with yellow fever outbreaks.
HIV/AIDS entry restrictions apply for visitors and foreign residents. Oman requires HIV/AIDS testing upon arrival if you are on work or immigrant visas; they do not accept U.S. HIV/AIDS tests. Please verify the information with the Embassy of Oman in the U.S. before you travel.
Expect considerable delays if your U.S. passport is lost or stolen. According to Omani law, you must report the loss or theft to the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and try to recover the passport by placing an advertisement in local newspapers before receiving a new passport. For detailed information, check the ROP website.
Oman prohibits pornographic materials and firearms.
Non-Muslim travelers can bring up to two bottles of alcohol bought from a duty-free shop into the country; Muslim travelers cannot bring in any alcohol.
See our customs Information page for information on customs regulations.
Safety and Security
POTENTIAL FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITY: To date, there have been no terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens or facilities in Oman; however, we remain concerned about the possibility of such attacks in the region. Exercise caution at all times and monitor local news broadcasts and consular messages. Maintain an unpredictable schedule and vary travel routes and times whenever possible. If you have security concerns, contact local authorities and the U.S. Embassy.
According to the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), U.S. flag vessels operating in the Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Bab el Mandeb regions face an elevated risk of attacks by violent extremists. MARAD recommends U.S. flag vessels report suspicious activity to the COMUSNAVCENT battle watch captain at 011-973-1785-3879 and the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 (toll-free), 202-267-2675, or 202-267-4477 (TDD). See the complete advisory at the MARAD website.
POTENTIAL FOR CIVIL DISTURBANCES: Spontaneous and planned demonstrations occur. Monitor media coverage of local and regional events and avoid public demonstrations.
CRIME: There is minimal street crime in Oman, and violent crime is rare. Take normal safety precautions, such as avoiding travel after dark or in deserted/ unfamiliar areas.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: Report crimes to the local police at 9999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +968 2464-3400. U.S. citizen victims of rape should first contact the U.S. Embassy. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Carry your passport at all times; otherwise, you may be detained.
It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible. Omani authorities typically do not permit foreigners accused of crimes to leave the country while legal proceedings are ongoing.
If you are arrested or detained, see our webpage for further information.
Alcohol and Drugs: While drinking is permitted in hotels, bars, homes, and some restaurants, you may be arrested if you possess alcohol or drive under the influence (DUI). Penalties for public intoxication, driving under the influence, or possessing, using or trafficking in illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and/or heavy fines.
Personal Defamation charges: If you express frustration verbally or through hand gestures, you may face personal defamation charges. Such confrontations most often occur on Oman's roads or at airports with check-in and security staff. Anyone, regardless of citizenship or residency status, may file a personal defamation charge, and an accusation alone can initiate a legal process.
The number of U.S. citizens charged with personal defamation is on the rise; U.S. citizens normally can resolve these cases with a formal apology and paying damages to the aggrieved party.
Cultural Heritage Items: If you remove “cultural heritage items,” including archaeological artifacts, meteorites, rocks, and stones, you may be prosecuted. Check with Omani authorities before removing anything that may fall into this category.
Regardless of local law, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you:
- engage in sexual conduct with children or use/disseminate child pornography in a foreign country
- buy pirated goods
Notarials: Because Oman and the United States are signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, all foreign public documents (Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce, academic records, etc.) from signatory states need to be apostilled for use in Oman. See the website for the Hague Conference on Private International Law for a list of designated authorities in the U.S. that can issue an apostille. The Attestation Office at the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the designated authority to apostille Omani public documents.
Employment in Oman: U.S. citizens are discouraged from giving their employer their U.S. passport for retention. While somewhat customary, this practice is contrary to Omani law. Such retention could delay your travel or grant undue leverage to your employer in case of a dispute. U.S. passports are the property of the U.S. government.
We cannot intervene in labor disputes. Avoid such disputes by establishing all terms and conditions of employment or sponsorship in the labor contract at the beginning of any employment. Try to resolve disputes privately with your employer. If this fails, the Consular Section can provide a list of lawyers.
Dress Code: Be sensitive to Islamic culture and refrain from wearing sleeveless shirts and blouses, halter-tops, or shorts. Only wear athletic clothing in public when you are obviously engaged in athletic activity. Western bathing attire is the norm at hotel pools and beaches.
Money: The exchange rate is constant to the U.S. dollar. Banks and ATM machines provide money exchanges. There is no black market for U.S. dollars, and no prohibition against exchanging money informally. Omani individuals and businesses may not accept U.S. bills printed before the year 2006.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
Women Travelers: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT Travelers: According to Section 6 of the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, consensual same-sex sexual conduct is illegal and subject to a jail term of six months to three years. For further information, see our LGBT Travel page.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Accommodations are scarce for disabled persons taking public transportation, and there are few handicapped parking spaces.
Most public buildings in urban centers have wheelchair ramps and elevators. Outside of urban areas, access is greatly reduced. Medical facilities have good access, and you can find professionals with expertise in working with disabled persons in urban centers.
Omanis are generally very hospitable and will try to accommodate any reasonable request for assistance.
Modern medical facilities and Western-style pharmacies are available. Local medical treatment varies from quite good to inadequate, depending on location.
Hospital emergency treatment is available.
We cannot pay your medical bills. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Consider supplemental insurance that includes medical evacuation. Doctors and hospitals often expect cash payment for health services.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
Be up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations.
For further health information, go to:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions: Road conditions, lighting, and traffic safety in cities and on major highways are good. The condition of rural roads varies from good to poor. Travel between cities, especially at night, may be dangerous due to poor or no lighting, wandering livestock, and speeding drivers.
Public Transportation: Public transportation is generally safe. Taxis, mini vans, and small buses may swerve to the side of the road to pick up passengers with little notice or regard for other vehicles.
Traffic Laws: Traffic laws are strictly enforced and carry heavy penalties. For example, if you run a red light, you face a mandatory 48-hour detention period and confiscation of your driver's license, vehicle registration, and car registration plate until the judiciary concludes its process. Other common traffic violations that carry strict penalties, including jail sentences, fines, and/or deportation, are:
- driving without a license
- driving under the influence of alcohol
- failure to wear a seat belt
- talking on cellular telephones (other than using hands-free technology) while driving
- excessive speeding
- overtaking another vehicle
- failing to keep the car clean
In the event of a traffic violation, cooperate with police officers and do not attempt to pay or negotiate payment when you are stopped. If involved in an accident, do not move your vehicle until the police give you permission. Moving your car may be interpreted as an admission of guilt.
For minor traffic accidents with no injuries, death, or material damage to vehicles, move your vehicle immediately to the side of the road.
For further information on minor traffic accidents, see that section on the Royal Oman Police website.
Traffic circles are common. The driver already in the circle always has priority.
Drivers flashing high beams are signaling that they want to pass.
Do not turn right on a red traffic signal.
You must have a driver’s license to drive. Short-term visitors with a U.S. driver’s license may drive rental vehicles, but not privately registered cars. Residents must have an Omani driver's license. To obtain an Omani license, you must have a U.S. license that has been valid at least one year or take a driving test. You will also have to take a vision test.
Be sure to adequately insure rental cars against death, injury, and loss or damage. Residents may insure their vehicles outside the Sultanate; however, third party liability insurance must be purchased locally.
Emergency Services: Ambulance service is generally adequate with varying response times and operates throughout most of the country. It is recommended that you go to the nearest hospital or clinic yourself, when possible. For all traffic-related emergencies, call the Royal Oman Police at "9999."
While English-speaking operators are usually available, have a native Arabic speaker call when giving detailed directions to a location.
For further information see:
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Oman, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. See the FAA’s safety assessment page for further information.