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Oman - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. What is the best way to book excursions?
  7. When is Ramadan?
  8. Is it safe to drink the tap water?

When is the best time to go?

The best time to travel to Oman is between November and mid-March, when there is still plenty of sunshine but temperatures are much more pleasant than during the summer - averaging at 25 degrees Celsius. This is also the country's peak tourist season, so if crowds put you off you might want to choose a quieter time. You can travel to Oman during the summer, but you should be prepared for oppressively hot weather. To avoid this, head to the southern Dhofar region, which has its own microclimate. It is generally much cooler than the rest of the country and experiences a rainy season between mid-June and late-August.

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Do you need a visa?

British citizens and EU citizens can obtain an Omani visa on arrival, for the duration of 10 or 30 days at a cost of 5 to 20 Omani rials (R.O.). These visas can be paid for at the Travelex Foreign Exchange desk, located in the airport's immigration arrivals hall, Most currencies are accepted as well as most credit cards. The short-stay visa costs R.O. 5 and is valid for up to 10 days while the more common one-month combined tourist-business visa costs R.O 20 and can be extended by a further month for the same price. All visitors must show proof of onward or return ticket upon applying for their visa.

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How can I get there?

The majority of international flights to Oman arrive in Muscat, with the likes of British Airways and Oman Air offering direct services. There are many other airlines that operate indirect flights to Oman such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Etihad. On average, a non-stop flight takes around eight hours.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the Omani rial but U.S. dollars and sterling can be easily exchanged at banks and with money changers. You will probably get a slightly better rate from the latter. There are plenty of ATMs in Oman, while major credit and debit cards are also widely accepted throughout the country.

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What is there to see and do?

Oman is a wonderfully varied destination, with plenty of cultural and historical sites in its stunning cities like Muscat and Nizwa, as well as beautiful beaches along its extensive coast, spectacular deserts and a range of charming nature reserves. Starting in Muscat, make sure you pay a visit to one of its forts and a museum or two before heading elsewhere in the country - the Muscat Gate Museum is particularly good for giving you an overview of Omani history. Desert trips - some of which can include camping overnight - are a must as well, as this gives you the chance to explore one of the world's last great wilderness areas. The rolling sand dunes are beautiful and you can try sand boarding if you're after some adventure. Camel trekking, hiking and camping under the stars are other things you can look forward to on a trip into the desert. Along the coast, there is plenty for all kinds of holidaymakers - the pristine beaches are lovely places to relax, while those looking for some ex

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What is the best way to book excursions?

It is recommended that you book any excursions you would like to go on in Oman before you travel, due to limited availability. It's best to plan ahead to avoid disappointment, as these excursions can be popular. Speak to our friendly travel consultants in our London office about reserving your place(s) before you travel.

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When is Ramadan?

The date of Ramadan varies each year and is determined by the moon's cycle. Special committees decide the precise dates of Ramadan and they are usually not announced very far in advance, so if you want to find out make sure you check with one of our travel advisors before booking your holiday. Ramadan lasts for approximately 29 to 30 days each year.

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Is it safe to drink the tap water?

Although the tap water in Oman is generally considered to be safe, it is advisable to stick to bottled water just in case.

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