White sand beaches, rolling desert dunes and extensive mountain ranges, Oman is the Middle East’s best-kept secret. Oman is one of the safest countries in the world. iDrive 4×4 encourages you to travel safe while in Oman. We surely want you to get home with nothing but great memories from Oman. Avoid non-essential travel to the border area with Yemen due to the ongoing conflict. Exercise normal safety and security precautions elsewhere in Oman.
The Oman road conditions can be different to the conditions you are used to at home, with narrower roads, rough gravel roads, desert and sand tracks and even wild animals crossing the main road When you are planning your routes through Oman please use the Oman Off Road book. If you rent the iGuide these routes are uploaded on a GPS. Some roads are only suitable for 4×4 vehicles.
There is one golden rule for driving in the desert. NEVER EVER go alone in the desert. Always drive with at least one other car, preferably more. Make sure you have sufficient recovery gear. Read more information on our blog.
Oman is about outdoors, and the best part is that you can pitch your car with rooftent wherever you want and, actually, camping is something extremely common among both locals and tourists. Instead of worrying about being assaulted in the middle of the night, what you should be concerned about is the overwhelming hospitality, as the locals are likely to approach you to offer dates or any kind of refreshment and, don’t be surprised if they tell you to camp in their garden. Moreover, if you go camping on a weekend to a popular wadi or mountain such as Jebel Shams, you may find groups of Omanis who will likely invite you to sit with them over a barbecue.
Oman is a friendly and safe country to travel. Omanis are friendly and polite people. Oman is an Islamic country with a strict religious, moral and legal code. Crime of any type is severely punished. Travelers are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Oman to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behavior. Photography of government buildings or military establishments is prohibited – if in doubt, don’t take a picture.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. You should carry a photocopy of your passport or another form of identification at all times. Travelers in Oman should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
If you want to bring your own drone to Oman please check these special considerations for foreigners who want to fly drones:
o Only commercial drone flights are currently allowed in Oman.
o All commercial flights require a permit.
o The permit must be obtained before entering the country.
The permit has to be obtained at least 15 days before the anticipated flight, and must be obtained before entering the country. Permits may be obtained from Oman’s National
Survey Authority (NSA)