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Useful facts for your holiday to Oman
Direct flights from London Heathrow to Muscat International Airport Oman are approximately 7 hours 40 minutes. Oman Air and British Airways offer daily direct flights. Indirect flights may stop over in Doha, Dubai or Abu Dhabi with varying stop-over times. If you have booked transfer arrangements with us you will be met on arrival by our Tropical Sky representative who will guide you to your transfer vehicle.
British Citizens travelling to Oman require a full British passport which must be valid for 6 months after departure from this country. All children and infants must also have their own passports.
British nationals also need to get a visa before travelling to Oman. You can get a visa on arrival at any land, sea or air entry port in the country. There is a charge for this, payable at the entry desk at immigration. Please refer to the Foreign Office for more information.
Arabic is the official language but English is very widely spoken.
Taxis are a convenient method of getting around if you’d rather not rent a car. If you’re staying in the major cities there are bus services, which can make getting around quite cheap and easy.
The currency of Oman is the Rial. It’s one of very few currencies that is stronger than the Pound Sterling, which can be a little strange if you’ve only ever travelled to countries where the Pound is stronger than the local currency. It can also, if you’re not careful, make items look cheaper than they actually are. Currently the 1 Rial is worth around 1.7 Pound Sterling.
240V, 50 Hz two round pin plugs and UK standard plugs
Vaccination & Health
As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting MASTA Travel health.
The holy month of Ramadan will be celebrated in the late summer (23 April - 23 May 2020, 12 April - 11 May 2021). During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during daylight hours. As a result hotels in the United Arab Emirates have restrictions on alcohol, food consumption and entertainment between sunrise and sunset. At nightfall these restrictions are lifted and normal eating, drinking and entertainment policies are resumed.
Eid Al Adha falls between sunset on 30 July - 3 August 2020 and 19 - 23 July 2021 and starts with a 24 hour dry day followed by a three day celebration. Please ensure you are aware of these restrictions, and that they are subject to change.
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