Those seeking a guide on getting to Oman need look no further. This is an overview of all the essentials people need to keep in mind for entering the country. While it may have been a bit more difficult to get inside before, the changeover of regimes several decades ago led to a more open policy as well as increased focus on the economic potential of tourism. This translates to good fortune for travellers eager to get a look at the country.
Almost all travellers getting to Oman by air are going to be touching down at the capital, as the vast majority of flights to the country come here. Another possible airport is the one in Salalah, but the chances are very high that those coming from outside Oman, and especially outside the Middle East, shall be going to Muscat’s airport instead. Visas are actually available on arrival and often do not cost very much, so visa permissions are not much of a difficulty.
Getting to Oman by sea was not exactly an option just a decade or so ago. This is because the port of the capital, while in fact employed for various purposes by passing cruise lines, was not actually a port of call to them. This has been changing throughout the years, owing to the government’s increasing focus on the developing tourism industry.
Getting to Oman by land is also possible, and is in fact a common route for many travellers in the region. Something to note is that this Middle Eastern country shares borders with several other countries with which it has fairly peaceful relations, with the United Arab Emirates being located to the northwest of the country, Saudi Arabia being located to the west, and Yemen being located to the southwest. Border crossing is not difficult at all from one of these countries to the other, and such crossings do happen very often. Border checks are civil and permit the acquisition of a visa on the spot, although if this is your plan, you had best remember to bring some ready cash. As mentioned earlier, visas are not overly expensive in the country, but that fact would be worth little if you happen to be caught on the border with not cash on you.
There are a few final reminders worth mentioning at this junction for those getting to Oman by land: first of all, you need to check at the borders that all the necessary stamps have been given to you, or else you might get detained elsewhere later if you belatedly discover something to be missing. Second, entering the country from the Emirate of Dubai in UAE shall nullify the need to purchase a visa: the requirement is waived instantly. Third, the usual prohibitions, from firearms to narcotics, apply when you pass through customs. Finally, as in most Islamic countries, Israeli passports are not valid. Note that having Israeli stamps is perfectly acceptable, though, even if you might get subjected to a slightly closer inspection than usual.