The Sultanate of Oman is in the Middle East, on the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and Yemen in the southwest. Oman has two exclaves separated from it by the United Arab Emirates, the Musandam Peninsula and Madha. One of the Middle East's least explored countries, Oman, is a richly textured holiday destination that suits holidaymakers looking for a beach holiday with a difference.
PASSPORT AND VISA
Required by all nationals, Passport valid for at least six months required. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival, please check with the Oman Embassy in your country or the airline that you are using to fly to Oman.
Note: Please ensure your travel document or passport has at least 6 months validity
Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken. Swahili is also spoken by Omani descendents from East Africa. German and French are spoken by some hotel staff while Urdu, Farsi, Hindi and Tagalog are widely spoken by Oman's large expatriate workforce.
Omani Rial (OMR) = 1,000 baiza. Notes are in denominations of OMR50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500, 250, 200 and 100 baiza. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10 and 5 baiza.
ATM: ATMs are widely available throughout the county.
Banking hours: Sat-Wed 0800-1200, Thurs 0800-1130.
Credit cards: All major credit cards are accepted here, including to a lesser extent American Express. ATMs are widely available throughout the county.
Currency restrictions: There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
Travellers cheques: Easily exchanged. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
FOOD & DRINK
All water outside the capital area should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water is available and is advised throughout Oman. Food bought in the main supermarkets can be regarded as safe. Outside the capital area, milk may be unpasteurised and if so, should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk.
Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Numerous restaurants have opened in recent years, but many people retain the habit of dining at hotels. There is a wide variety of cuisine on offer, including Arabic, Indian, Oriental, European and other international dishes. Traditional coffee houses and international-style chain coffeeshops are popular. In other parts of the country, except in Salalah and Nizwa, most people eat at home so the main options for dining are small coffeeshops, occasional Lebanese or Turkish restaurants and roadside shwarma (shaved meat) stands.
Visitors should review security arrangements carefully and should remain vigilant, particularly in public places. It is advised to avoid any large gatherings or demonstrations.
Visitors should carry some form of identification with you at all times (eg: a copy of your passport).
The newly expanded Muscat City Centre mall boasts over 140 shops, with many designer goods for sale. Other malls include Markaz Al-Bahjah and the Lulu complexes. More modern shops are centred around Shatti Al-Qurum. Qurum itself was hit badly by the 2007 cyclone Gonu, and may take some time to return to full capacity. The two main traditional souks (markets) are located in Muttrah and Nizwa, although most towns have a souk of some description. Traditional crafts include silver and gold jewellery, khanjars (Omani daggers), coffeepots, saddles, frankincense (the sap of a tree that grows in Dhofar in the south of Oman), handwoven textiles, goat hair carpets, baskets and camel straps. Antique khanjars (over 50 years old) may not be exported. It is wise to check with the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture for the necessary documentation before purchasing.
The following items may be imported per family into Oman without incurring customs duty:
• Up to 2L of alcoholic beverages (non-Muslims only). • A reasonable quantity of tobacco products. • 227mL perfume.
• Eight video tapes or DVDs for personal use.
Restricted items: Meat products officially require an Islamic slaughter certificate.
Prohibitive imports: Narcotics, non-canned food products (including vegetables, fruit and non-alcoholic beverages), bees (unless clearance is given), dates (including shoots of palm date, coconut and ornamental palm trees), firearms (including toys and replicas) and obscene films/literature. Videos may be subject to censorship.
Becoming more common; 10% should be given in hotels and restaurants with licensed bars but is not expected in more casual restaurants. For local guides or drivers would expect to have USD5 to 8 or equivalent per day per person for their services.
From May to August it is very hot and humid in all parts of the country except Dhofar. The climate is best from late September to early April. Rainfall varies according to the region. During the period June to September there is light rain in the Dhofar region with heavy fog across the hills.
Please check the weather forecast before travelling.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Oman are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
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