Advice prior to travel:
Dear citizen, prior to travel, please ensure you have the following:
- Official documents (passport, identity card, ticket, money)
- Medical insurance for countries that he/she is advised to obtain for the journey
- Entry visa
- Attestation of official documents
- General information
- Official documents (passport, identity card, ticket, money)
- Check the validity of the passport and identity card for a period of not less than six months.
- Check the confirmation of the ticket before travel and plan a return trip in advance of return travel date. Some countries require a return or onward ticket for entering visitors.
- Retain the official documents (e.g. ticket, passport, personal valuable items) in a safe place.
- Retain a duplicate of the official documents (e.g. passport, identity card) for reference when visiting the Sultanate’s mission abroad in the event of loss.
- Ensure that you have enough money to meet your requirements during your journey and until the return from your travel.
- Ensure the use of a credit card during your journey, and ensure the type of credit card applies in each country (e.g. Visa/MasterCard, American Express, etc.); it is advisable to use more than one method of payment in case of emergencies.
- Ensure the validity date of all your bank cards required during your journey.
- Do not carry more than $10,000 in cash to avoid accountability or theft; in case of conversion of currency, it is necessary to retain the receipt of the authorized bank or money changer.
- In the event of having more than $10,000, the amount must be disclosed at your destination.
- Medical insurance for country(ies) that he/she is advised to obtain for the journey
– Prior to visa application, ensure that you have medical insurance for the country(ies) intended to visit; it can be obtained from travel offices or insurance companies; the duration of the insurance coverage is associated with the number of days you wish to stay in the country(ies) intended to visit.
- Entry Visa
– Apply for an entry visa through the missions of foreign countries to which you wish to travel, and ensure that you register your information clearly and accurately when you apply for a visa.
– Ensure that you obtain the entry visa through the missions of foreign countries at the Sultanate sufficiently in advance, and specify the required visa (visit, work, study, tourism, medical, etc.), validity date and length of stay.
– If accompanied by non-Omani associates and domestic servants, the sponsor should enquire about the visas and the procedures applied in this regard.
– In the case of non-compliance with visa and residence terms, the visitor subjects himself/herself to accountability, including possible fine, detention and deportation.
– Be familiar with the vaccinations and procedures applied in this regard during your journey, stay, and departure from the countries that are suffering an epidemic of infectious diseases.
– Ensure the validity of your vaccinations against diseases in your medical certificates.
– Retain the prescription for the medicine (paper description of the approved medication from the physician) if you suffer from any medical condition.
- Attestation of official documents
- Ensure the attestation of documents and certificates that will be used during travel from the official authorities and also from the Consulate Department at the Sultanate’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- For more information, please click here: attestation offices.
- General Information
- Ensure the reservation for hotel(s) or residence and that you carry your travel documents and money and other personal items with you.
- Ensure that you arrive at the airport terminal at least 2 or 3 hours before scheduled departure, depending on the flight.
- Be informed about and abide by immigration laws, and be acquainted with the customs and traditions prevailing in the country you intend to visit.
- Comply with the conditions of travel and refrain from carrying any prohibited substances in the aircraft (e.g. liquid substances, fireworks, flammable materials, sharp objects).
- Be familiar with the regulations relating to the carrying of jewelry, money, food, live and mummified animals and birds, monuments, works of art, etc.
- Inquire from the travel agent prior to your arrival at the airport about the possibility of carrying larger or heavier items of luggage.
- Refrain from carrying or checking in any bags that do not belong to you.
Advice during a stay abroad
Dear citizen, during your stay abroad, please ensure the following:
- Register personal information and the address of your hotel or residence at the Sultanate mission in the host country so that the Omani mission can be familiar with your presence in the country in order to facilitate easy access in emergency conditions.
- If necessary, retain the phone numbers of the Omani mission in the host country for further reference.
- Deal with recognized and officially registered tourism enterprises to avoid theft and deception.
- In case of loss of any official documents (e.g. passport or ID card), such loss must be reported immediately to the nearest police station; also, the Sultanate’s mission in that country must be notified of the loss.
- If the national wishes to attest any document, such attestation should be carried out at the ministry of foreign affairs of that country, as well as at the Sultanate’s mission at that country.
- Avoid visiting suspicious places, or leaving a residence late at night.
General advice for students
- Students must address the Ministry of Higher Education to verify the recognition of the universities at which a student wishes to study. Prior to enrolling at a university, the student must obtain a written consent from the Ministry. For more information please click on the link below
- An electronic file should be opened for each student at the Ministry of Higher Education in which all his/her data should be registered in order to facilitate the approval of the certificate following his/her graduation. For more information please click on the link below:
- If a student wishes to study at his/her own expense and registers via offices of university services, he/she should check the credibility and recognition of such offices at the Ministry of Higher Educationwhich, in turn, assists the student in obtaining acceptance from foreign universities and maintains contact with the student during the period of his/her study.
– It is necessary to authenticate the academic qualification (e.g. under/postgraduate studies) obtained abroad by the Sultanate’s cultural attachés or its Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ missions.
- Students should be familiar with the laws of the country in which the student wishes to study. In addition, he/she should choose a country which enjoys security and stability and should be familiar with the cost of living so that a student does not choose a country in which he/she cannot afford the living expenses. This might impede the completion of his/her study program.
- Students must apply for a study visa sufficiently in advance in order to start his/her study on the specified date. They must provide the required documents to complete their enrollment in the university and obtain the visa. For more information please click on the link below:
- If a student engages in a professional job during his/her study abroad, he/she must ensure the applicability of the visa and be familiar with all the necessary conditions for admission to employment. In addition, the student must ensure whether or not there is a permission to be obtained in advance for such admission so as to abide by the laws of the concerned authority that issued his/her visa.
- In the case of a student wishing to change from one university/college to another, he/she should notify the residence authorities where the student is living.
- Students must abide by the laws of the universities and campuses.
- If a student encounters a problem, he/she should contact the Ministry of Higher Education via e-mail or contact the Sultanate’s embassy or the cultural attaché in the country in which he/she resides.
Advice for persons seeking medical treatment
- Consult a local physician about whether the medical situation requires traveling abroad for treatment or not and whether the patient can tolerate travelling
- Be familiar with the treatment system applied in the intended countries.
- Contact the Omani missions abroad to get their viewpoint about the appropriate hospital and physician with regard to the health condition of the patient.
- Prior to travel, coordinate and make an appointment with the appropriate medical institution selected to carry out the treatment program.
- Disclose your medical condition accurately and always keep the medical prescriptions within reach to avoid any accountability.
- Do not give consent to any surgical procedure unless you are confident that the diagnosis is correct.
- Avoid taking medicine from several physicians for the same illness/disease.
- If an Omani national wishes to receive a medical treatment abroad, he/she must be familiar enough with the treatment procedures and their duration. In addition, he/she must be fully prepared to abide by the treatment requirements of the medical institution in which he/she receives the treatment.
General advice for businessmen
- Ensure the credibility of the business projects offered by consulting the official authorities at the Sultanate (e.g. chamber of commerce, Sultanate’s missions abroad).
- Be aware of being influenced or persuaded by or responding to anonymous individuals and be cautious about fraudulent offers or behaviour.
- Be cautious about anonymous messages and avoid sending bank account numbers via internet/email.
– Seek permanent help of a legal advisor certified and licensed in the field of business.
- Prior to signing any contract or agreement, you must be fully familiar with all the terms in compliance with laws in force; additionally, you must consult specialist lawyer(s) in this respect.
Services provided by the Sultanate missions for Omanis
There are many Omanis traveling abroad for different purposes such as study, medical treatment, trade, Hajj, Umrah, residence, work, etc.; hence, the Sultanate embassies abroad are keen to provide services in the following cases:
- In the case of an Omani national who has lost his/her passport or ID card, the Sultanate mission shall inform the Sultanate’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; a laissez-passer (travel permit/document) will then be issued by the Ministry within 48 hours following the loss report.
- The Sultanate’s Mission shall register the newborn babies of Omani parents and issue them with travel documents after fulfilling the requirements and conditions pertaining to newborns in the country of birth. However, if the mother is a foreigner, the mission will coordinate with Royal Oman Police to issue her a laissez-passer.
- In the case of an Omani national subjected to theft or assault, the Sultanate mission shall assist him/her to contact the authorities concerned in that country.
- In the case of an Omani marrying abroad and obtaining a marriage permit issued by the Sultanate’s Ministry of Interior, the Sultanate’s mission abroad shall introduce the Omani national to the procedures and guidelines to be fulfilled such as registering the marriage contract with the authorities concerned, notifying him of the laws pertaining to marrying foreigners and granting his wife the necessary visa to enter the Sultanate.
- In the case of an Omani national traveling abroad for medical treatment, the Sultanate’s missions shall provide the patient with guidance and advice, names of outstanding hospitals and medical centers and clarify precautionary measures to be applied during medical treatment. In some cases the missions shall coordinate with particular hospitals or medical centers concerned to provide a translator and make the necessary arrangements for the patients to receive medical treatment at government expense.
- If an Omani national had an accident, the Sultanate’s missions shall facilitate the procedures to take the injured person to the hospital and to follow up on his condition. If required, the injured may also be sent to the Sultanate for treatment in coordination with the authorities concerned.
- In the case of an Omani national who passes away while abroad, the Sultanate’s missions shall coordinate with the authorities concerned in that country to find out the cause of death, contact the deceased family, ensure the preservation of the corpse and facilitate the procedures for returning it to the Sultanate. With regard to death where the cause relates to criminal activity, the Sultanate’s missions shall contact the authorities concerned in that country, obtain the medical and criminal reports, following the postmortem examination, and transfer the corpse to the authorities concerned in the Sultanate.
- In the case of an Omani national subjected to arrest, detention, or imprisonment, he/she has to contact the Sultanate’s mission. The mission will address the authorities concerned in that country to verify the case of the national. If required, the mission will send an envoy to follow up and become acquainted with the background of the case, such as interviewing the prisoner, identifying his/her overall condition, and notifying the authorities concerned in the Sultanate on the matter. In addition, the mission will coordinate with the Omani national’s family to ensure his/her requirements are fulfilled, such as appointing a lawyer. If necessary , an envoy from the Sultanate’s mission will attend any court hearings and report to the relevant authorities about the hearings.
- The Sultanate’s missions provides the Omani students with services during their stay abroad for study, such as acquainting them with the procedures of accommodation and residence and helping them to overcome any obstacles they might encounter during their study, as well as clarifying the laws applied in that country, in coordination with the authorities concerned in the Sultanate.
- The Sultanate’s missions undertake the task of following up the status of families’ social security while abroad in coordination with the Ministry of Social Development. The missions are responsible for transferring the benefits of social security to the families.
- The Sultanate mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia facilitates the arrival of the Omani Hajj mission and helps to carry out its work in the required manner in coordination with the authorities concerned.