Oman

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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Oman.

Oman
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Oman
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Capital Muscat
Language Arabic, English, Baluchi
Currency Omari Rial (OMR)
Time zone GST (UTC+4)
Calling code +968

The Sultanate of Oman is the second largest country in the Arabian Gulf, with a total area of approximately 309,000 square kilometers (120,000 square miles). It occupies the South Eastern corner of the Arabian Gulf.

The Sultanate borders with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the West, the Republic of Yemen in the South, the Straits of Hormuz in the North and the Arabian Sea in the East.

Its coastline stretches for 1,700 kilometers from the Straits of Hormuz in the North to the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the South.

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Weather

Annual rainfall in Muscat averages 10 cm (4 in), falling mostly in January. Dhofar is subject to the southwest monsoon, and rainfall up to 64 cm (25 in) has been recorded in the rainy season from late June to October. While the mountain areas receive more plentiful rainfall, some parts of the coast, particularly near the island of Masirah, sometimes receive no rain at all within the course of a year. The climate generally is very hot, with temperatures reaching 54°C (129°F) in the hot season, from May to October.

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Passages

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Islands

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Communication

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Navigation

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Entrance

Arrival

Call Port Control on VHF 16 an hour before arrival. Permission will be given to enter the port and directions given as to where to proceed to for clearance - 24/7. You will be boarded by quarantine, immigration, customs and port officials. Do not go ashore before clearance formalities have been completed. All crew's passports as well as the ship's papers will be held until your departure.

A cruising permit for Oman is obtainable from the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in their port office at Mina Qaboos - valid from the 1st January till the 31st of December at a cost of 150 O.R. (roughly $US400).

Departure

Clearing out is fairly complicated and time-consuming and entails visits to all the admin offices in turn, starting with the police and finally with the harbour master. Local agents for yachts are not a requirement but are somewhat advantageous.

Customs and Immigration

Customs

  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival.
  • PETS: Dogs are NOT allowed ashore

Immigration

Visas are required by all nationals except those of the Gulf States.

For those arriving by yacht, a 30 day visa will be issued by Immigration for citizens of The European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruquay, French Guiana, Australia, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Brunei, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Seychelles, South Africa, Taiwan, Tunis.

Nationals of the following countries are only issued visas when arriving as part of a organised tour group: Egypt, Iran, India, Jordan, Albania, Morocco, Syria, Ukrain, Russia and Bosnia.

Should you arrive without a visa (if you require one) you will not be allowed to leave the port.

Fees and Charges

  • Immigration and customs fee: 15 Omani rial ($US40) per yacht.
  • Visa fee: 6 O.R. per person.
  • Oman Cruising permit: 150 O.R ($US400) - valid from Jan to Dec.

Restrictions

Israeli passport holders, and those with evidence of travel to Israel, will be denied entry.

Health and Security

Health

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

Security

Details?

Berthing

Ports

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  • SalalahSalalah/wiki/Salalah Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Mina al FahalMina al Fahal/wiki/Mina_al_Fahal Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Anchorages

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Transportation

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Friends

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Forums

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Links

  • Oman at the Wikipedia
  • Oman at the Wikivoyage

References & Publications

Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

Rod Heikel, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot Imray, Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire, ISBN 9780852889718
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See [[Country or Region#References_&_Publications|Coutry or Region]].

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