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Getting Around in Oman

By Air

Almost all all international flights arrive at Muscat International Airport in Muscat. There are also a small number of regional international flights to Salalah. Purchasing a visa on arrival in Salalah can be quite difficult, as the airport is very small and immigration officials tend not to have change for larger notes.

There are scheduled services by numerous airlines, including but not limited to Oman Air, Emirates, Gulf Air, Etihad, British Airways, Kuwait Airways, Saudi Arabian Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Swiss International, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Air India, Air France and Thai Airways International. The most frequent connections are via Dubai.

There are also direct flights from various Indian cities by airlines like Air India, Indian and Jet Airways.

By Water

The port in Muscat is used by cruise ships, however there are no regular passenger services to Oman. This is slowly changing, with more cruise ships (generally smaller ones) making port calls.

By Road

There are multiple border crossings from the United Arab Emirates into Oman, some of which are:

• from Dubai and Sharjah, Wadi Hatta/ Al Wajajah crossing;
• from Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, Khatam Al Shikhla/ Wadi Jizzi crossing;
• from Jebel Hafret, Ibri/ Nizwa crossing;
• from Kalba, Khatmat Milahah crossing;
• from Ras al Khaimah, Bukha/ Musadam crossing;
• from Fujairah, Dibba/ Musadam crossing.

Roads are excellent and the border crossing is quite easy. Don't forget to bring along some cash as you have to pay for the visa to enter Oman. If you are taking a car from the UAE into Oman you will need to produce evidence at the border that the car is insured in Oman.

While a border exists between Oman and Saudi Arabia, this is not advisable as it involves going through most of the Empty Quarter and there are no permanent roads.

There are regular buses between Muscat and Dubai. There are private operators as well as the state-owned Oman National Transport Company, and the ride, which usually takes 4-5 hours, is generally quite comfortable.





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