Oman : Factfile

Time

GMT + 4 hours

Languages

Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken as are many Asian languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Baluchi. Swahili is spoken by some, a legacy of Oman´s former East African presence.

Currency

Omani Rial (OMR). All major credit cards are widely accepted, including (to a lesser extent) American Express, and ATMs are widely available.

Airlines

Gulf Air (direct), British Airways, Emirates, Oman Air, Etihad Airways

Flight time from UK

Approximately 7-8 hours with Gulf Air and British Airways; up to approximately 15 hours with stopovers

Visa requirements

All UK, Australian, Canadian, USA and EU passport holders require visas which can be obtained on entry. OmR6 (single-entry, one month); OmR10 (multiple-entry, one year) payable on arrival.

For further information and up-to-date entry requirements, see www.omanembassy.org.uk or contact the Oman High Commission:
Tel: 020 7225 0001

Health requirements

You should seek up-to-date advice regarding inoculations and health precautions from your GP or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website www.masta.org (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.


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