Travel Guide To Oman

Indian Embassy in Oman

Embassy of India, Muscat
Address: Jami'at Al - Dowal Al - Arabiya Street,
Diplomatic Area, Al Khuwair
Working Hours
08.30 a.m – 05.00 p.m (Sunday – Thursday, except closed Holidays)
Tel. Nos.: +968 - 2469 5981

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a visa to Oman

  • A valid passport for 6 months from the date of travel
  • Visa application forms
  • Hotel confirmation proof
  • Return tickets
  • Travel Insurance

Time Required: 5 Working Days

About Oman

Oman is an Arab country situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. There doesn’t exist any diversity in religion in this country. This place is home to various stunning tranquil landscapes as well as sceneries. The highlight of this place is its lush green mountains, the beauty of beaches, unique wildlife, endless deserts, the history and intricate designs of forts. Apart from that, you will find many local bazaars, which are also known as souks here. These souks deal in handicrafts and some of the most famous items of Oman-frankincense. The cleanliness and the strict laws of the country will blow away your mind. What makes this country a must-visit place is the helpful, kind-hearted, and law-abiding locals around here.

Top Places to Visit in Oman

  • Muscat – Considered as a major port in the Gulf of Oman, the city of Muscat serves as an integral trading link between the west and the east. Furthermore, being the capital of the country, Muscat remains an extremely crucial city to the governorate of the country. Other than that, it is also the largest city which happens to be the seat of the government.

  • Sohar – Rumored to be home of the popular sailers Sinbad and Ahmed bin Majid, Sohar is the perfect combination of modern and cultural society. Full of history and culture, this place has a beautiful urban twist. The city is also home to skyscrapers, huge malls as well as some of the most stunning beaches in Oman. The monuments and souqs here reflect the rich history of the country.

  • Salalah – Popular for its unique climates and Arabian Peninsula, Salalah is a stunning city with lush green mountains and scenic landscapes throughout the monsoon season. Various activities like snorkelling and diving can be done on its stunning beaches. Situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, its cuisine is mouthwatering and savoury, offering some wonderful seafood choices.

  • Wadi Shab - Wadi Shab is well-known for being one of the most fabulous destinations for a day trip with friends and family. Whether you want to swim, hike or just have a small barbeque, Wadi Shab is the ideal location for it all! The beautiful Wadi Shab is an incredibly famous outdoor attraction for locals as well as expats in Oman.

How to Reach Oman

Travelling via flight is the most feasible and convenient option if you’re coming from India. There exist many regular flights available from major countries to Khasab, Muscat, and Salalah. The three major airports of Oman are located in Muscat, Salalah and Al Khasab. The best ones are the Muscat International Airport and Salalah International Airport as they offer numerous non-stop and direct flights operating between these airports and all the major countries. The national airline of Oman is Oman Airline. Some of the major airlines of Oman are Ethiopian, Emirates, and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Best Time to Visit Oman

The most suitable time to explore Oman is the winter season. The months from October to March are the best as they have pleasantly cool weather. The temperature of this place lingers around 25 degrees Celsius. The weather at this time is not too cold and remains breezy. However, the prices of hotels tend to hike up during this season. People from all around the globe visit this place to witness balmy weather. Salalah experiences monsoon season from June to September. Making it the ideal time to visit the area since the mountains are green and climate is amazingly thrilling.

Things to Pack

Packing the essentials products like clothes and footwears usually depends on what the weather conditions are like in Oman. Here is a list of some of the travel essentials one must never forget to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Covered Clothes
  • Umbrella
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents such as travel insurance policy

Top Delicacies of Oman

  • Majboos: Also referred to as Makboos and Kabsa, Majboos is a traditional rice dish which was originated in Saudi Arabia. It’s popular in the Arab World, particularly in the Gulf countries such as Oman. The dish includes rice, usually vegetables, basmati, chicken or meat and a mix of amazing spices. It is served with either green salad or yoghurt, traditional bread along with tomato sauce.

  • Omani Bread: There exist different types of Omani bread. From being thick with a circular shape to being crispy and thin, the breads come in a huge variety. Most Omanis prepare their own bread at home. In restaurants, these bread are even served alongside meals.

  • Meshkak: Also referred to as kebab, Meshkak is a deliciously marinated beef, chicken or mutton that is grilled on sticks. Usually marinated with different spices and curries, Meshkak is served with Omani bread. This is a special Omani dish which is prepared throughout the country, especially at the time of festivals.

Shopping List Essentials (Where to Shop)

  • Muttrah Souq: This spot is the most popular tourist shopping place in the whole country. Located in Muscat, this place is designed a lot like a traditional Arab market, except it has a timber roofing. Also packed with little vibrant stalls and shops, dealing in everything from Bedu jewellery to frankincense to myrrh, this place will not disappoint any tourist. Since this souq is like a maze, it gets really easy to get lost amongst the tangled streets which are full of little alleyways selling gold and wooden handicrafts.

  • City Center Muscat: City Center Muscat is a grand mall, with over 147 retail stores offering an extensive collection of home décor, cosmetics, jewellery shops, clothing brands, and electronic stores, to choose from. City Center Muscat has offers something for the whole family. It also has a good collection of restaurants and cafes options throughout the mall, as well as a movie hall if you wish to do something other than shopping. Lastly, there is a fun entertainment area for kids, offering all kinds of games and adventures, so they don't get bored.

  • Oman Avenues Mall: Being the largest mall in Oman, the Oman Avenues Mall has fashion stores of high-end brands, heaps of entertainment and fun, and a variety of fine dining options. The architecture of the mall is unique and stunning, offering tourists a beautiful and eventful shopping experience beautiful and eventful.

Top Indian Restaurants in Oman

  • Mumtaz Mahal
    Location: Qurum | P.O Box: 1142, Muttrah, Muscat 114, Oman
    Contact: +968 24 605907.

  • Al Zafaran Restaurant
    Location: Beachfront of Al Zafaran | 322 Falaj El Qabayil, Sohar, Sohar 311, Oman
    Contact: +968 26 640000.

  • Cascade Indian
    Location: 23rd July Street, Salalah 211, Oman
    Contact: +968 23 288233

Healthcare Centres in Oman

  • Apollo Hospital Muscat
    Location: Muscat 131, Oman
    Contact: +968 24 787766

  • Aster Al Raffah Hospital
    Location: Al Ghubra Roundabout, Muscat
    Contact: +968 26 940800

  • MOH - SQ Salalah Hospital
    Location: Al Mustashfa St, Salalah, Oman
    Contact: +968 9040 8529


The official currency of Oman is Omani Rial

Basics of Local Communication

The official language of Oman is Arabic. However, the locals easily understand English; however, it is always better to keep a few local phrases handy for a great trip.

English Arabic
Good morning Sabah alkhyr
My name is… Aismi hu...
Where is…? 'Ayn hwa...?
Yes Nem fielaan
No La
Please Raja'
Sorry Asif
How Much is This for? Kam hu hadha?

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.





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