Is Oman safe?

Whether you are planning to travel in Oman or to work there, you are probably asking yourself tons of questions about it. Safety queries are totally natural when you travel. I will give you as many pieces of information as I can about safety in Oman. If there is a point I did not cover, feel free to contact me. So, is Oman safe?

Oman is one of the safest Middle East’s countries. It is a monarchy and the laws were written following some principles of Sharia. But if you respect the local law and culture, you will be welcomed in a friendly way.

Basic rules to follow in Oman

Oman is an absolute monarchy and has some rules

As mentioned before, The Sultanate of Oman is an absolute monarchy, meaning that if you do wrong, you may get yourself in trouble. Basically, if you insult or make bad remarks about the Omani royal family, you will be put in jail. You should respect everyone while traveling, just like you would do it everywhere else.

Drugs, alcohol, and sex

You should not bring any kind of drugs with you. It is totally forbidden in Oman. For alcohol, it is a little different: you can drink alcohol if you are 21 years old, but you should not do it in a public place. Also, if you are homosexual, you are an outlaw in Oman. Then, you should not take pictures of any military building.

The dressing code to follow in Oman

The most important rule to follow is the “dressing code”. You should dress appropriately if you travel to Oman. Women should wear loose clothing, with arms and shoulders covered. Skirts should reach at least beneath the knee. If you visit religious places, the best is to always have a shawl to cover your hair.

For men, the rules are softer. The best is to wear trousers, especially in rural areas. Tattoos, piercings, and t-shirts with slogans are not seen from the best eye, so the best is to hide that.

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A place of worship in Muskat, Oman. Picture from Roman Jauch.

Is it safe to travel to Oman alone?

There is no real difference if you travel alone or with people. If you are a foreigner, you will inevitably have some people looking askance in the rural areas. But, if you do your best to follow the local culture, you will be welcomed really well.

Is Oman safe for ladies?

We know that there are still inequalities between men and women in Middle East countries nowadays. Oman is not the worst country to travel as a woman, even alone. But, since alone women traveling is a new thing in Oman, local men will probably ignore you. It will be difficult to make friends with locals as a woman traveling alone in Oman.

Is Oman safe for Indians?

In some other Middle East countries, Indians are not seen with a friendly eye. For example, it can sometimes be hard to live as an Indian in Saudi Arabia. However, in Oman, there is no such thing. If you respect everything I mentioned for now, you are totally safe. Avoid talking too much about politics maybe to stay out of any trouble.

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Wahiba Sands in the middle of Oman. Picture from @experienceoman.

Healthcare in Oman

Omani people have access to free healthcare. As a traveler, the best is probably to find private healthcare systems, such as health insurance, or anything like it. Since I am not a professional on this part, I will let you do your own research.

That article was written thanks to several ones I found on the Internet. I summarized them in order to offer you all the answers you may be looking for in the most effective way. However, if there is a point I did not cover, you can either directly contact me, or do your own research on the Internet. Here are the articles which helped me during the elaboration of this article:

If you want to learn more about Oman, and about what to visit in Oman, you can write the article I wrote about it. By clicking that link, you will land on another page of this website. I hope that this article was helpful for you and that you found all the answers you needed before traveling to Oman.

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