Health and Safety Oman
There are public hospitals even in the villages. They offer a good quality of care, especially in Muscat. Hospital emergencies offer free services. There is also a network of private clinics.
A certain number of pharmaceuticals, such as sleeping pills and antidepressants, are classified in Oman as narcotic drugs, unless they are accompanied by a order prescription (translated into Arabic) of less than 3 months.
Tap water is drinkable.
Vaccinations and health situation
In addition to the universal vaccinations recommended everywhere (DTPP, MMR in children), and anti-tuberculosis vaccination, depending on travel conditions, vaccines against typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B and rabies may be recommended.
There are sporadic cases of malaria transmission. It is therefore necessary to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
Several countries in the Arabian Peninsula, including Qatar, have been identified as potentially at risk. Standard hygiene measures are therefore recommended, and contact with animals should be avoided. The frail or the elderly should consult their doctor before considering a trip to Yemen.
Oman is arguably the safest country in the Gulf, although the terrorist threat remains in the region.
Alone the border area with Yemen is not recommended unless there is a compelling reason by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, because of a risk of infiltration into Dhofar by armed groups from Yemen.
Due to the risk of armed group infiltration from Yemen, travelers wishing to travel to the Dhofar Governorate, placed by the Quai d'Orsay in a level of enhanced vigilance, must ensure that they have taken all the necessary security measures, and have left indications on their itinerary and their schedule.
As a precautionary measure, regularly informed of the situation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Excursions in desert regions
Before any excursion in the desert regions (Wahiba, Rub al Khali ...), be sure to report your itinerary to someone or to the embassy.
Leave with several vehicles (at least two), in a convoy, and preferably with someone who already knows the route. Provide a road map, a GPS, a compass, a first aid kit, water, food and fuel reserves.
In deserts, djebels (mountains) and at the edge of wadis (rivers), watch out for poisonous species (snakes, scorpions, jellyfish ...). Be careful, the wadis can quickly flood.
It is forbidden to consume alcohol on public roads.