Country: Oman, a land of picturesque mountains, sand dunes, and shimmery sand beaches, is an Arab nation located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is officially known as the Sultanate of Oman and shares its borders with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, the Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Oman.
The nation is situated in southwest Asia at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is home to 4 million people. The capital of Oman is Muscat which is also its largest city. The official language is Omani Arabic.
To access emergency services: Dial 999
Currency: Rial (OMR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Oman, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in an Omani hospital:, All of the cities and larger towns typically have one modern hospital. These hospitals feature state-of-the-art facilities and equipment as well as highly trained physicians and staff. Care ranges from excellent to adequate, often dependent on the facility’s location. Poorer areas have older facilities.
Hospitals include both public and private, with private hospitals often resembling high- end hotels with pricing to match. Most hospitals offer emergency treatment.
Hospitals and doctors will expect payment in cash when services are provided. English is widely spoken.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Oman: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Oman-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.