A yellow fever vaccination certificate
is required from travellers arriving within 6 days from infected
Typhoid may arise in rural areas.
There is a limited malaria
risk, mainly in the malignant falciparum form, exists throughout
the year in the whole country except at altitudes above 2,000
metres and in desert areas. Chloroquine resistance has been stated.
Oman has an extensive public health service (free to Omani
nationals), with roughly 46 hospitals, 86 health centres and 65
preventative health centres. However, costs are high for foreigners
and health insurance is extremely
Food and Drink
All water outside the capital area should be regarded as being
possibly contaminated. Water
used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have 1st
been boiled or otherwise sterilised.
Bottled water is available and
is advised to use throughout Oman. Food bought in the main supermarkets
can be considered as safe. Outside the capital area, milk
may be unpasteurised and if so, should be boiled before drinking.
Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised, however make
sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products which are expected to have been made
from un boiled milk.
Only eat well cooked fish and meat,
preferably served hot. Salad and mayonnaise could carry increased
risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit should
Hepatitis A and B occur and Rabies is present. For visitors
at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.
If you are bitten, seek medical advice immediately. For more information, please
consult the Health appendix.