VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Oman
Before traveling to Oman, Russian citizens need to apply for a visa. To do this, the following documents are submitted to the Embassy of the country:
– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the planned trip (for a multiple entry visa – at least 1 year);
– a questionnaire filled out in English, which indicates the applicant’s surname, name and patronymic, the applicant’s date of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiration date, name and surname of the applicant’s mother, exact dates and place of the last foreign trip, citizenship, place of work and position, home address and phone number of the applicant, travel dates;
– 2 color photographs;
– hotel reservation confirmation (original or fax) with a stamp and signature of the responsible person;
– if spouses are traveling – marriage certificate and its copy.
A US$25 consular fee is charged for issuing a visa. The standard visa processing time is 4 to 7 business days.
A single entry visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and gives the right to stay in the country for up to 21 days. A multiple-entry visa has a validity of 1 year with the right to stay up to three weeks for each entry (at least three weeks must elapse between subsequent and previous entries).
Import and export of foreign and local currency is not limited, Israeli currency is prohibited.
Duty-free import of up to 2 liters of alcoholic beverages (only for non-Muslims), a reasonable amount of tobacco products, up to 227 ml of perfumes and no more than 8 video cassettes or DVDs for personal use.
It is forbidden to import a number of medicines, non-canned food products, obscene printed and video products, weapons (including toys), palm fruits (including dates, coconuts and products made from them), bees and any kind of drugs.
The export of antiques is prohibited.
Embassy in Oman
Oman, embassy in Moscow
Polyanka metro station, Staromonetny lane, 14, building 1.
Tel.: (499) 230-15-87, 230-12-55, 230-20-52.
Fax: (499) 230-15-44.
Oman, Russian Embassy in the country:
Muscat, Ruwi, POBox 80, postalcode 112.
Tel.: (968) 24-60-28-94.
Fax: (968) 24-60-41-89.
Communication in Oman
In most cities in Oman, pay phones are installed on the streets that work on cards. Cards are sold in shops, kiosks and petrol stations. You can make an international call both from pay phones, and from post offices and from hotels. From 21:00 to 07:00, international calls are subject to preferential rates.
In order to call from Russia to Oman, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 968 (Oman code) – the subscriber’s number.
In order to call from Oman to Russia, you need to dial 00 – 7 (Russian code) – area code – subscriber number.
Emergency Phones in Oman
Rescue Service – 999
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year’s Day
July 23 – Renaissance Day (the beginning of the reign of Sultan Qaboos)
November 18 – National Day and Birthday of Sultan Qaboos
The official day off is Friday.
Oman celebrates many religious holidays throughout the year. Their dates vary from year to year, as the celebrations take place according to the lunar calendar. On religious holidays, most institutions are closed. The main religious holidays of Oman: Eid al-Ada (Feast of the Sacrifice) (November-December), Muslim New Year (December-February), Mawlid (the birthday of the prophet) (February-March), Leylat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet) (July), Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) (September-November). It is worth remembering that during the holy month of Ramadan, the opening hours of shops, restaurants and other institutions change.
In January-February, the colorful Muscat Festival is held throughout the country, during which fairs, national festivities and performances of national music and dance groups are held. In the southern part of the country in July-August, during the summer monsoon, the Kharif festival is held. Also of interest are the January Dubai-Muscat regatta, the bullfights that take place in the winter months in the arenas of the Al Batina region, the Sinbad Classic fishing competition held in April, and the horse and camel races in June-September.
According to medicinelearners, shops are open from Saturday to Thursday 09:00 to 21:00 with a lunch break from 13:00 to 16:00. Friday is a non-working day.
Be sure to visit the traditional Arab markets (souks), which are an integral part of the Arab culture. It is customary to bargain in the markets.
Most often, in large restaurants and hotels, 15% of the amount for service is automatically added to the bill.
Omanis are good-natured, sociable and very hospitable.
Before traveling to Oman, it is recommended to take out international health insurance. The country is at risk of contracting hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, typhoid fever, tetanus, tuberculosis and rabies. There is a small risk of malaria infection in remote areas of Musandam governorate, but there have been no cases of malaria infection since 2001.
Boiled or bottled water is recommended for drinking, making ice and brushing your teeth. Meat and fish should be consumed only after heat treatment, vegetables – thoroughly washed, fruits – peeled.
During the hottest months between March and October, sunscreen, sunglasses, light cotton clothing covering the entire body and a hat should be worn.