Official Travel Advice for Oman
Summary - update to dates of mourning period; possible disruption of planned events
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jan 2020.
On 11 January the Omani government announced the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. A 40-day mourning period is being observed throughout Oman which is expected to come to an end on 19 February. During that time, some public events or activities may be cancelled as a mark of respect. If you have booked or plan to attend an event, tour or activity, you should check with the organisers first. You should also follow police instructions and show sensitivity and respect during the period of mourning
Most visits to Oman are trouble-free.
Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, the incident has led to increased tensions in the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests and the security situation could worsen with little warning. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.
You should maintain a high level of security awareness and take care in public places and on the roads. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
The British Embassy is aware that the Oman border authorities have been advising individuals of a change in their requirements for travellers wishing to cross the border into Yemen (against FCO advice), including requests for a letter from the British Embassy in Muscat. There is no requirement for any letters for British nationals to enter or exit Yemen through Oman. However, the FCO advise against all travel to Yemen. If you’re planning to travel via Oman to Yemen against FCO advice, you should check requirements with your nearest Oman Embassy before finalising any travel plans.
The British Embassy has received reports that some travellers are being redirected to other border crossing points when trying to use the Hatta crossing to cross the UAE/Oman border. If you’re planning to travel by road across the UAE/Oman border, you may wish to consider taking an alternative route and allow extra time for your journey. For more information, contact Immigration directly on (Oman) +968 26849924.
Terrorist attacks in Oman can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Piracy remains a threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. See Sea travel
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel .
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