Oman Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Preparation and Vaccination

While visiting any country, the first and foremost thing to do is to double-check whether the traveler has packed the necessary first aids or not. It may include some basic medicines for headache, fever, cold, etc. Bandages and other basic medical elements should also be in the luggage. If it is not possible, then travelers should buy the first aid kit as soon as they get down from the airplane.

As we said before, Oman is safe to travel, and generally, vaccinations are not required for foreigners to visit Oman. However, in some cases, Oman may ask for a vaccine report even if it is more than 20-30 years old. As an example, yellow vaccination is required if the travelers have been in an area where the cases of yellow fever are severe. Similar types of yellow fever vaccines are given for life but in the case of contraindication, travelers need to ask their physician or travel doctor for an immunity certificate.

Just to be on the safe side, it would be a better idea to keep the childhood vaccines up to date for polio, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, etc.

Medical Facilities in Oman

Medical facilities in Oman are credible enough for providing support to any patient. Also, the good news is that Oman has universal free primary health care for its people and a very subsidized system for foreigners. Oman is a comparably small country but has 59 hospitals and 897 medical centers. Almost 95% of the hospitals are run by the government.

In terms of any emergencies, travelers are advised to call 9999. Oman's health and safety facilities are very fast and active. So, a few minutes after dialing, the medical team will arrive at the patient’s place as soon as possible. In some complicated and rare cases, patients might be transferred to Muscat because all the hospitals including Royal hospital and Sultan Qaboos University hospital with high-end equipment are located in the capital city.

The life expectancy of Omanis is high, above 73 years which proves that Oman is an ideal country to live and advance enough to support human beings with some of the best medical services available. Cardiovascular diseases and diabetics are common medical issues in Oman. Last but not least, travelers must have medical insurance before traveling and this is extremely mandatory.

Safety in Oman

Women are safe in Oman but to get respect and be 100% safe, women are advised to wear decent and less-exposing clothing items. Using public transports like buses and trains might a bit risky. So, women are advised to be vigilant if they take any public transport service. Also, travelers need to keep in mind that they should maintain a minimum distance because shaking hands and patting on the back, etc. activities to show gratitude and respect might not be appreciated by any opposite gender. No matter what, most Omanis are supportive and helpful towards the natives and ex-pats. So, after some days, Omanis gets friendlier than ever with anyone. Oman is a Muslim country. So, travelers with homosexual traits need to be indiscreet. Getting even a bit physical in public places might be inappropriate in Oman.

Traveling with Children in Oman

Traveling with children in Oman is the most fun part of the trip because Omanis simply adore little kids. In fact, some restaurants even give a discount for the kids. So, the little travelers will be loved here and enjoy the specially-made Omani deserts. In terms of traveling with infants, they should be taken care of with proper clothing items because sun-burn could be really intense and dangerous for them as they have soft skin.