New Zealand Government advice for Oman
When travelling to Oman, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Oman.
There is some risk to your security in Oman due to the potential for civil unrest and an underlying threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
Demonstrations sometimes occur in Oman and have, on occasion, led to violence. Demonstrations mainly occur in response to socio-economic conditions and developments in the Middle East.
New Zealanders throughout Oman are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism in Oman. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including against Western interests. New Zealanders are advised to take particular care in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report .
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Oman to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.
During the holy month of Ramadan, New Zealanders travelling to Muslim countries including Oman should show respect and pay attention to religious and cultural sensitivities. New Zealanders should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public view during the daytime.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Oman should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Oman are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is accredited to Oman
Contact details are
Diplomatic Quarter (PO Box 94 397) Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia
Telephone +966 1 488 7988 Facsimile +966 1 488 7912
Office Hours Sat - Wed 0800-1200hrs, 1230-1500hrs
Contact details are
Villa 2869, Way No. 2333, Madinat Al-Sultan Qaboos Street, near Abu Obaida Mosque, Muscat, Oman
Telephone +968 24 694 692 / +968 24 693 322 Facsimile +968 24 603 234