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Oman is a developing nation classified as high income. Located in the Middle East along the Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman (east of Yemen and south of Saudi Arabia), the climate is classified as dry (arid).
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
Although yellow fever does not occur in Oman, an official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary.
- Requirement: A certificate proving yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers aged ≥ 9 months coming from countries with risk of YF transmission and from Rwanda and Tanzania. This also applies to airport transit stops (no exit through immigration checkpoint) longer than 12 hours in these countries.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)(2020) Sporadic transmission of P. falciparum and P. vivax may occur subsequent to international importations of parasites. In 2010, local outbreaks of P. falciparum and P. vivax were reported in Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate. Local cases were also reported in 2011 and 2012.
- Recommended prevention: None
WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: Sporadic transmission in Dakhliyah, North Batinah, and North and South Sharqiyah.
- Drug resistance3 : Chloroquine
- Malaria species: P. falciparum and P. vivax
- Recommended chemoprophylaxis: None (practice mosquito avoidance).
3 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.
4 Primaquine and tafenoquine can cause hemolytic anemia in people with G6PD deficiency. Patients must be screened for G6PD deficiency before starting primaquine or tafenoquine. See Tafenoquine Approved for Malaria Prophylaxis and Treatment for more information.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Moderate risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent brucellosis may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the US Department of State (DOS), the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to military conflict and ongoing security concerns, US (DOS) advises avoiding travel to areas bordering Yemen. Canada (GAC) and Australia (DFAT) advise reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) within 10 km (6 mi) of the border with Yemen. UK (FCO) has no current warning.
Risk of attack by transnational terrorist groups exists throughout the country. Targets may include domestic and international organizations and businesses; public places and events, including those frequented by tourists; and transportation systems.
Negligible risk of violent crime and low risk of petty crime exist throughout the country.
Protests and demonstrations may infrequently occur and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.
Armed conflict may occur in areas bordering Yemen.
Passenger boats may be unsafe, including ferries and small crafts. Decline water transportation in vessels that appear overloaded or lack personal flotation devices or life jackets.
Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators. Scuba dive only with personnel certified by PADI or NAUI, and use equipment only from PADI- or NAUI-certified dive operators.
Desert excursions should only be undertaken with organized groups and experienced guides. Participants should inform someone not on the tour of their itinerary and anticipated return time. An adequate supply of food and water for extended unforeseen delays is essential.
High risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road traffic death rate is 12 to 24 per 100,000 population. The rate is less than 10 in most high-income countries.
Structural standards for vehicles may not meet international standards.
The rainy season is from May through September, coinciding with the cyclone season. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur, especially in southernmost areas.
Sandstorms and dust storms frequently occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Oman
- United States: [+968] 2464-3400; om.usembassy.gov
- Canada: [+968] 2479-4928; travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates/oman
- United Kingdom: [+968] 2460-9000; www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-muscat
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Oman.
Oman's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.culturaloffice.info
- In Canada: Oman does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: [+44] 020-7225-0001
- In Australia: oman.org.au
HIV and hepatitis testing are required to obtain a work or residence visa. Travelers, including short-term travelers, may be detained or deported after arrival if found to be positive for HIV or hepatitis.