Oman is four hours ahead of GMT and the clocks do not change seasonally, so in the summer they are only three hours ahead.
The national currency is the Omani rial (OMR), divided into 1000 baïzas. Notes of 100 and 200 baisa are available, as well as half, one, five, 10, 20 and 50 rials. There are coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisa. ATMs are available widely even in small towns, however banks will give you the best exchange rate. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, however American Express is not. You may also incur an additional 5% fee for paying by card in some hotels and restaurants. It is advisable to have cash on you to pay for smaller fees such as transportation costs.
Standard voltage is 240 volts; and plug type G is used (the same three flat pin plugs used in the UK) or European standard.
Shops and Amenities
Shops are open daily from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 22:00, except on Fridays where they will open only from 16:00 onwards. Banks are generally open Saturday to Thursday, from 08:00 to 14:00, and pharmacy opening times vary but some in Muscat are open 24/7.
Post offices can be easily found throughout Oman, especially in cities, and many hotels will sell stamps. The central station is in Muscat. We find stamps in most international hotels. Each city has a post office and they will usually open from 07:30am to 15:00/16:00 from Sunday to Thursday.
To call Oman from the UK dial 00 968 plus the number of your correspondent. To call the UK from Oman, dial 00 44 followed by the nine digit number of your correspondent (without the first 0).
Internet and Mobile Coverage
Oman has generally good 3G and 4G coverage, however roaming charges can be expensive and it may be more cost effective to buy a local SIM card – which are sold in post offices, gas stations and various shops. Mobile coverage depends largely on your operator so check with them before travel.