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Oman - Getting There

Getting to Oman is now much easier than it has been in the past, as Seeb International Airport just outside of the Omani capital of Muscat now runs regular flights through various airlines. Direct flights from cities outside of Oman are possible but depending on which airline there may be stops in Dubai or Bahrain. Average flight time for a direct flight from London is 7 hours 50 minutes; stopovers can add usually an extra hour at least on to this time. Oman Air is the main airline for the country, but flights are available through carriers such as British Airways and Emirates.

Arrival at Seeb Airport is fairly painless, the airport staff are very friendly and helpful, and usually there is no wait for luggage once through immigration. Queues are usually minimal, particularly if outside of holiday times. If a visa is required upon arrival then it is simply a matter of filling in a form in the immigration hall and taking it to the visa collection counter. Then it is just a matter of queuing to get the passport stamped. All areas in the airport are clearly marked.

Travelling by road is possible through Yemen and the United Arab Emirates as there are border crossings. You must pay for your visa as you cross the border and have your passport ready for inspection, plus you must have proof that the car you are travelling in has insurance which covers both countries. This is very important. Only certain border crossings are allowed to be used by foreign visitors and only a few of them are available 24 hours a day. It is worth checking with the Royal Oman Police before travel as the situation changes constantly.

Entering Oman by sea is not easy. The waters around Oman are very sensitive and often ships are detained and inspected. Travelling by tourist boat is not advisable as some of the vessels are not up to standard and are deemed unsafe. There are no usual passenger services such as ferry travel, but cruise liners do use Muscat as a port of call.

Worth noting is that rental cars are not usually allowed to cross the border from either United Arab Emirates or from Yemen. If it is allowed additional insurances will be required and added costs for returning in the car should be expected. Sometimes proof of ownership is requested at border crossings, but again check with the local Oman police as this is not always the case.

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