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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No A
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio B Not applicable
Malaria C Not applicable
 
A

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving within 6 days from infected areas.

B

Typhoid may arise in rural areas.

C

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.

Health care

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 necessary.

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 be peeled.

Other risks

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.
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