Oman is just a 7 hours direct flight from many European and Asian cities. The country’s prominent location at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula makes it easily accessible by land, sea and air.
Visas, documentation and entry conditions differ between countries. In most cases, a Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival, but we highly recommend obtaining the appropriate visa prior to arrival. Visas cost between 5 to 20 OMR for 10-30 days, and are mandatory for most nationalities. Applications can be obtained through Omani embassies abroad, or by visiting the Royal Oman Police website (https://www.rop.gov.om/english/visaservices_mainpage.html).
Fulfilling visa requirements for Oman is easy and typically straightforward. You may also be eligible to obtain an e-visa. You can check if you qualify on the e-visa link in the ROP website: (https://evisa.rop.gov.om).
Oman is ranked one of the safest countries in the world. Crime rates are low, with the occasional instance of theft being reported. However, when visiting anywhere it is important to take necessary safety precautions and to store passports, money and valuables in a closed bag or hotel safe. Opportunistic theft is unfortunately a fact of life in many destinations!
Oman is a desert country. We would like to stress the importance of regular hydration and the application of sunscreen (of SPF 40 or higher in the summer time). Use of a sun hat or cap and sunglasses is highly recommended, and necessary during the summer season. For those with particularly sensitive skin, wearing long sleeves and trousers may help reduce exposure to the sun. We will do our best to provide you with necessary shade and water, but please come prepared.
Being equipped with a mosquito or big-repellent is always a good idea. It will save you the minor irritation of bug bites, especially in the greener areas of Oman.
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations when travelling to any destination. Importantly, this includes Measles-Mump-Rubella (MMR), tetanus and typhoid vaccines. There are no compulsory vaccinations for those visiting Oman, but please consult the table below for information for any precautions you may wish to take.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Oman. Good protection against mosquito bites is recommended.
Recommended if heavy contact with animals is expected.
Not prevalent in Oman. If you are travelling FROM a Yellow Fever area a vaccination may be compulsory.
Persons with Disabilities and Other Medical Conditions
The nature of many of the destinations we travel to means that in some cases they may be unsuitable for those who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility. However, we are happy to tailor your program in a way that considers your level of mobility and capabilities. Contact a member of our team in advance of booking and we are more than happy to discuss your options!
Special Dietary Requirements
We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Get in touch with us in advance and we can discuss a meal plan that suits you [and your friends/family]. Unfortunately, if your trip involves staying with accommodation provided by third-parties, we don’t always have control over the meal options provided.
Oman has well-developed infrastructure networks connecting the most important regions. Travelling by the road is the most common mode of travel within Oman. The mountainous regions have some of the longest road networks in the Middle East, with road signs along the way for your guidance. You may be exploring off-road regions during your trip with us, in which case we will equip you with all the GPS routes you will need. You will also be briefed on vehicle safety in the dirt road and rocky regions.
Public transport within the cities is not very common, and a well-equipped vehicle would be vital for a comfortable and easy trip. There are several options such as local taxis and buses (operated by Mwaslat), but they are often limited in their reach.
When driving, remember to keep an eye out for camels and goats as they are known to stray onto roads!
We are passionate about the places we provide services in, and it is important to us to respect and value local custom as we explore new areas. Omani custom is highly influenced by Islamic teachings. Local dress is modest and it is important that visitors respect this too. This means that shoulders and knees should generally be covered. You may also prefer to cover your arms in the more conservative areas. In mosques and other religious sites, a headscarf for women may be necessary. Moreover, drinking in public is illegal, except in certain hotels and resorts. You will not find alcohol in the majority of stores. Two bottles of wines or spirits allowed on entry into the airport, however,
It is always best to exercise judgement and sensitivity when taking pictures of others. We also suggest that overt, public displays of affection be avoided in busy areas.
In villages, avoid picking fruits or vegetables, as villagers depend on these for their livelihood. Take care to avoid polluting traditional irrigation systems (falaj), as these are used by villagers for domestic and agricultural use.
Of course, once you are in off-road and less commercialized areas, greater freedom is afforded to tourists and travellers!
As enjoyable as jet-setting to new destinations can be, international travel has proven to be less than enjoyable for the environment. Responsible travel is at the heart of Latitude Expeditions, and if we want to ensure our business will live on for the next few years, it is not only a moral but also a commercial imperative that we maintain the regions we explore up to the impeccable standard we first found them in. As such, we ensure our business practices are ethical and minimize waste. Our designed programs take care to not disturb the integrity of the ecosystem and do not disrupt any key routes used by wildlife in Oman.
We like to engage clients in our environmentally conscious practices too! Your contribution lies in utilizing our recycling program and eliminating heavy reliance on single use plastics. Before you leave, we will give you designated bags for you to sort any recyclable materials you may have, such as plastics, cardboard and paper. We will advise you on proper waste disposal for most of the areas you will visit. We also provide you with reusable bottles for water. We also encourage travellers to engage in beach/coast clean-ups when and if they wish to – it can become a fun family challenge is a small and simple way to make a significant difference! Get in touch with one of the team for more information.