Less affluent than many of its oil-rich and decidedly showy neighbors, Oman’s modern development has been comparatively slow-paced with a laidback affability the country’s pay-off.

Crumbling Portuguese forts and tranquil fishing villages line the coast’s secluded shorelines, magnificent desert dunes and oases mottle the interior and traditionally garbed Bedouins can be spied drifting through the spice-filled souqs. Best of all, with their chunk of the Arabian Gulf having long served as a stopover point to centuries of merchant traders and explorers, the Omanis make for consummate hosts, ever keen to show off their country’s wares.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Many restaurants will add a service charge, though tipping beyond that is rarely expected. For exceptional service however, a 5% gratuity will be favorably received.

Major Omani cities tend to have a handful of internet cafes, and Wi-Fi is becoming available in many cafes and public places.

Mobile roaming connections are in place with many international phone companies, though coverage isn’t all that reliable in rural areas.

Squat toilets are the norm throughout Oman, though Western-style toilets can often also be found in shopping centers, hotels and restaurants. Toilet paper is rarely provided, however, so keep your own supply handy. Hand sanitizer is also a good idea, as soap won’t always be at the sink.

Can of coke = USD 0.50
Cappuccino = USD 3.50
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = USD 4
Meal for two at a mid-range restaurant = USD 23

The tap water in Oman (desalinated) is considered safe to drink, though bottled water is safer. If you don’t like the idea of drinking the tap water, we’d advise bringing water purification tablets or asking your leader where filtered water can be found so as to cut down on unnecessary landfill.

The major credit card brands are commonly accepted in substantial hotels and restaurants.

ATMs are plentiful in Oman and most are connected to the big international brands.

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 24 Apr The Prophet's Ascension
  • 25 Jun Eid al Fitri Holiday
  • 26 Jun Eid al Fitri Holiday
  • 27 Jun Eid al Fitri Holiday
  • 28 Jun Eid al Fitri Holiday
  • 23 Jul Renaissance Day
  • 1 Sep Feast of Sacrifice
  • 2 Sep Feast of Sacrifice
  • 3 Sep Feast of Sacrifice
  • 4 Sep Feast of Sacrifice
  • 21 Sep Islamic New Year
  • 18 Nov Oman National Day
  • 30 Nov The Prophet's Birthday

For a current list of public holidays in Oman go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/oman/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to traveling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while traveling.

Group of travelers share a wine at local restaurant in muscat

How we're giving back

In Oman, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travelers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.