The national currency of the Sultanate of Oman is Omani Riyal (OMR). It is made up of 1,000 baisa. One OMR is around INR 215.
The capital of Oman is Muscat.
Yeah, ATMs are available in all the touristy cities and towns across Oman.
Being the third highest rated currency in the world after Kuwaiti and Bahraini Dinar, Oman is rated as an expensive country.
Credit cards are widely accepted in all hotels, some restaurants and sometimes even in souqs. Most accepted ones are Most accept Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Cirrus, Maestro and InterBank cards.
The official language of Oman is Arabic.
It is easiest to drive around since the roads are well-paved. Although, finding public transport is difficult as there is hardly any. Only a handful of buses ply between main towns and cities. Uber is not available but there are several other local taxi applications for Oman Taxi: Otaxi and Marhaba Oman taxi. You can also rent a car and self-drive.
Oman’s time zone is known as Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4).
For a country that can be deemed warm, the best time to visit Oman is October and April, when the temperatures vary between 17°C to 35°C.
Oman in general is a very safe country and crime against women is next to nil. In fact, as per a 2018 report from the World Economic Forum, Oman is listed as the 4th safest country in the world.
Direct and one-stop flights to Muscat, Duqm, Khasab, Salalah and other places are available from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
Oman experiences an average temperature of 10oC to 12oC in the northern part and 16oC to 18oC in the southern part. Oman loosely follows UK seasonal patterns
Spring: March to May
Summer: June to August
Autumn: September to November
Winter: December to February
The wettest months are January and February. A subtropical, dry climate with summer monsoons and hot, dusty winds is what best describes the climate of Oman.
No, Indians can no longer get their visitor visa on arrival. They need to apply online and procure it before visiting Oman.
Yes. You must have a passport and a valid visa to enter Oman. As long as Indians have a valid residence or visa from Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K., the USA, or a Schengen country, they can apply for an Oman visa online. The visa requirements have been explained on https://india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/vm_visitaus.html
In order to financially secure your trip, it is essential to buy travel insurance that includes medical emergencies as well.
Contrary to the idea of what a desert country can offer, Oman has quite a lot to offer. For a short trip, 4-5 days are appropriate. Although, to get a hang of the place, a week or 10 days in Oman would be ideal. For an extensive tour of Oman, a two-week vacation would be perfect!