The Sultanate of Oman was recently praised for its ability to distance itself from political and social unrest in the Arab states. It is a common opinion that this attitude is due to ibadism, a form of Islam characterized by tolerance towards other religions.
Delinquency is not common in cities, but it is still advisable to follow good behaviour dictates as you would do in other countries.
Visa and costs
10 days single entry: 5 OMR (Omani Rial)
30 days single entry: 20 OMR (Omani Rial).
Health and vaccinations
Assistance for foreigners is subject to payment for services not covered by insurance. For this reason, we recommend to those wishing to visit the country to take out health insurance before departure.
The Sultanate of Oman, however, possesses a capillary health system that is comparable to the European one.
The national currency of the Sultanate is the Omani Rial (OMR), subdivided into 1000 Baiza.
The banknotes used are 100 Baiza, 200 Baiza, 500 Baiza, 1 OMR, 5 OMR, 10 OMR, 20 OMR and 50 OMR.
The coins are from 5, 10, 25, 50 Baiza.
ATM services are available in all cities and all major credit cards are accepted except for the American Express, which is not always usable. All currencies can be traded in banks, exchange agencies and major hotels.
Visitors can purchase up to 2 bottles of alcohol, tobaccos for a reasonable amount (up to two boxes per person) and 225 millilitres of perfume without incurring customs fees.
Internet and mobile phone
The two main Omani telephone companies are Omantel and Ooredoo: by registering their number with them you can roam with an international number.
An easier alternative is to purchase a prepaid SIM prepaid card upon arrival at the airport.
Internet connection is possible for every mobile device. Most hotels have wireless connection.