We from iDrive4x4 only offer 4×4 rentals in countries that are safe. Below is our safety information for the country of Oman. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
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. iDrive4x4 encourages you to travel safe while traveling by 4×4 through Oman. We surely want you to get home with nothing but great memories from Oman. Therefore, avoid non-essential travel to the border area with Yemen due to the ongoing conflict. Besides that, take 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 buy the book then you get the GPS points that you can upload to your phone. 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. Actually, camping is something extremely common among both locals and tourists. Instead of worrying about a robbery in the middle of the night, what you should be concerned about is the overwhelming hospitality. 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. For example to 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. It is an Islamic country with a strict religious, moral and legal code. Crime of any type is severely punished. We advise you to respect religious and social traditions in Oman to avoid offending local sensitivities. Exercise modesty and discretion 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:
Obtain the permit at least 15 days before your booked flight. The permit must be received before entering the country. Permits may be obtained from Oman’s National Survey Authority (NSA).
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