Useful Info

Travelling to Oman

Oman Air operates a daily non-stop service to Muscat from Heathrow. The flight time is approximately 8 hours.

British Airways operates a daily service from Heathrow Terminal 5 via Abu Dhabi.

Etihad operates a daily service from Heathrow via Abu Dhabi.

Click here for the Heathrow Airport website which includes Travel Information and Live Flight Info.



The best time to visit Oman is from September until April after which the temperatures and humidity rise sharply. Temperatures in the Interior are both higher and lower than the averages reported for the coastal areas. The temperature charts shown below are for Muscat and Salalah.



The unit of currency is Omani Rial (RO 1 = US$ 2.63), which is divided into 1000 Baizas. Notes are available in denominations of RO 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 1/2 Rial, 250, 200 and 100 Baizas. Coins are also in use for units under one (1) Rial.

All hotels accept credit cards.



As in the UK, electricity in Oman is 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 220~240 Volts at 50 Hertz.



Most of the Hotels in Muscat and Salalah are not more than a 45 minutes drive from the airport. Clients are met on arrival by The Shaw Travel Company’s ground agent.


Time Zone

Oman is 4 hours ahead of G.M.T.



Please ensure you have a minimum of 6 months validity in your passports after the date of return from your destination.



A visa is required by every visitor to the Sultanate. This can be obtained on arrival at Muscat Seeb Airport. Please ensure you have at least 6 months validity in the passport.

Visas can be obtained via the Embassy in London please allow 3-5 working days. Clients who hold non UK passports are advised to check with the Embassy as to the requirement, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, London 020 7225 0001.

Shaw Travel can organise visa assistance on arrival in Oman.

Visas on arrival at Muscat Airport, cost 20 Omani Riyals per person.



Please contact the Department of Health web site


For more information please contact the British & Foreign Commonwealth Office web site