All the facts you need to know about the country itself.
Full Country Name: Sultanate of Oman
Area: 309,500 sq km
Population: 4.7 million (UN 2015)
Borders: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Religion: Predominantly Muslim, including Shi’ite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and facilities for the worship of other religions
Time Zone: Standard time is four hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages: 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.
Country Dialling Code: +968
When to Travel
When to Travel
There is no right time to travel to Oman, just the right time for you!
- Oman’s climate is mainly hot and dry, particularly in the scorching barren interior where summer temperatures can soar to 54°C.
- On the coast humidity can be high during the summer months.
- Milder temperatures and a more temperate climate are found in the southern Dhofar region, which experiences heavy monsoon rains between June and September each year.
Here is the “need to know” information about visas for Oman.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO Oman
At the time of writing, a visa for Oman, is required for Australian Passport Holders. The visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A OMAN VISA?
- Single Entry Visa: Oman Tourist Visa charge on arrival is OMR 20, approximately USD 53 per person on an Australian Passport (subject to change).
What you need to know about your finances for your holiday in Oman.
- The unit of currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR), which is made up of 1,000 baisa.
YOU SHOULD KNOW...
- Full banking services are available in all the main cities and towns although a commission is normally charged.
Although electricity in Africa is a lot more reliable than it used to be, here’s what you need to be aware of.
VOLTAGE & FREQUENCY
- In Oman the general voltage is 220-240 and the frequency is 50 Hz.
- As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended.
- Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown. It is useful to carry a torch
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Tipping is a delicate and sensitive issue and many people ask us for tipping guidelines, here is all the information you should require.
Tipping is usually considered customary in Africa although not as widespread as the United States or Europe. It is always at your discretion. If you feel that someone has gone the extra mile to make your stay more enjoyable, a tip would be considered a nice way of saying thank you.
To help you budget for your trip, the following is given as a guideline only (shown in US Dollars):
Driver (per person per full day): $5.00
Guide (per person per full day): $10.00
Camp Staff (per person per full day): $5.00
Hotel Porter (per bag): $1.00
Restaurant (per person per meal): $1.00
A la Carte dining: 10% of the bill
Here are some numbers you might need.
Consulate General of the Sultanate of Oman
Suite 2, Level 4, 493 St. Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9820 4096
Australian Embassy, Saudi Arabia
Abdullah bin Hozafa Al-Sahimi Avenue Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
Tel: +966 1 488 7788
Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Oman so we suggest you contact the Australia Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Here is a little more information that we think you will find useful to know if you are travelling to Oman.
CUSTOMS & BELIEFS
Oman is a predominantly Muslim country and visitors should respect religious sensitivity, particularly in the matter of dress and public conduct. Women, in particular, should wear appropriate clothing. Eating, drinking and smoking in public during the holy month of Ramadan should be avoided, as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture. Alcohol is available only at licensed hotels and restaurants.