Moving to Oman: Things you should know before you immigrate to Oman

Moving to Oman: Things you should know before you immigrate to Oman

Oman is a country that has much to offer to expats from all over the world. The Sultanate of Oman is located in the Persian Gulf and between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Having roughly the same size as Germany, this oil-rich nation has become a popular destination for both employment and leisure. Over the past few decades, Oman has become an example for many countries all around the globe, showing what is possible when oil riches are wisely invested to create a great nation. Besides offering a great variety of natural beauties, you can also spend your time in lavish malls, buying all the things that your heart desires. Having everything to offer that modern people are looking for, Oman has become a regional hotspot area for expats. When you are considering a move to Oman, then join us as we delve into everything that you should know about your new life in Oman.

International removals to Oman with Eurosender

Over the past few years moving to Oman from the USA has become increasingly popular. One of the reasons for that is that Oman is recognized for its safety and hospitality. Crime is almost absent and most people adhere to Ibadhism, which is known as a conservative form of Islam. Another reason for the popularity of Oman among expats is that you are not the only one. With little under half of the population being foreign residents, you will easily find new friends and social contacts. Add to that the pleasant climate (20-25 degrees Celsius in winter) and the vast array of historical sites and you will understand why Oman has everything to be your next stop. Although Oman is known as an expensive country, you should not worry too much about that as the wages are also higher than in many other countries. However, when you are just starting out you can save a lot of money by shipping your inventory to Oman. This way you will have the comfort of the things from your own home and the benefit of not having to buy everything again. With Eurosender you can order your removal to Oman in a few clicks as we arrange everything for you. The only thing you have to do is pack your items and inform us about the pick-up and delivery address.

Before you embark on your new adventure in the Sultanate of Oman, you should know at least the basic facts of your new home base. Everything you need to know can be found in the table below.

CapitalMuscat, which with more than 1.7 million inhabitants also is the largest city in the country.
TimezoneThere is one time-zone in Oman: UTC +4
CurrencyRial (OMR)
PopulationOman has a population of 4.4 million inhabitants.
How do you call someone from Oman?Omani
Official languageArabic
International dialing code+968
Emergency number9999 (when you dial 112 you will be redirected to this nr)
Drivingon the right
TippingIn restaurants and hotels, a 10% tip is common. In all other areas, tips are not expected.
Unusual factAlcohol in Oman is restricted. Therefore Mountain Dew is called “Omanian alcohol” as it is available in practically every shop.

When you think about relocating from the USA to Oman, Eurosender can help you get your belongings there as soon as possible. Just contact our team of logistics experts and they will guide you through the process of international removals to Oman. While we take care of your shipping, you can think about all other things that are involved when starting a new life in Oman, such as finding employment, accommodation and new friends.

Living in Oman

Your new life in Oman will have lots of surprises in store for you. Taking a look at some of the things that expats before you experienced, you will know more about your new adventure ahead.

  • Oman is an extremely safe country with very friendly and welcoming people. That is why many people consider this country a great place to live with a family.
  • There is a thriving expat community in Oman and especially in the capital Muscat. You will easily make new friends at the many events that are organized by the numerous expat communities.
  • Cars and fuel are inexpensive and most people own a vehicle. As a result, public transport is not very well developed.
  • The way of life in Oman is more relaxed than in let’s say western Europe. You will have to get used to the fact that things as opening a bank account may take way longer than you would expect in your home country.
  • Skype is blocked in Oman but there are many other messenger alternatives (for example WhatsApp) that can be used to communicate with the homefront.
  • Oman has an amazing coastline of no less than 1.060 miles with gorgeous beaches and views. In your time off you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Sultanate of Oman. Another benefit of living in Oman is that you can easily visit surrounding countries such as the UAE, India, Sri Lanka and Qatar with cheap and short flights.

Visa Regulations for Oman

There are 2 main types of visas in Oman.

Single Entry Visa

  • This type of visa is given for 30 days and can be extended for another period of 30 days.
  • It can be used for tourism or a business visit.
  • You can apply for this visa at any Omani embassy or consulate, before your trip. There is also a list of countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. As this list is sometimes subject to change, it is always recommended to contact the Omani embassy or consulate, when you are not traveling with a travel-organization.

Multiple-Entry Visa

  • You will need this kind of visa when you want to work in Oman.
  • Before applying for the visa and work permit, you need a signed job offer form an Omani company. Your employer to be is also the sponsor of your visa.
  • When granted this kind of visa, you can bring your family with you under certain conditions. However, when your family gets a visa, they cannot work in the country.
  • When you arrive in Oman you will have to get a national ID card. To get one you will have to submit a list of documents, your fingerprints, and your electronic signature.

Healthcare in Oman

Omani citizens enjoy a free universal healthcare system. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to foreign residents. For them, it is mandatory to have private healthcare insurance. The upside to this is that in most cases this is paid for by your employer. Let’s have a peek at some other things you should know about healthcare in Oman.

  • Contact your doctor before you head over to Oman. When visiting Oman it is a good idea to check whether you need any vaccinations or a booster shot for vaccinations you have already received in the past.
  • In most cases, you will have to pay for your treatment in cash. After that, the insurance company will reimburse you.
  • Temperatures in summer are often above 40 degrees Celsius and therefore pose a danger to your health. Be careful not to suffer from sunburn, dehydration or sunstroke, as these are things that can easily be avoided.
  • Some frequently used medicines in other countries are prohibited in Oman due to strict narcotic laws. When bringing medicines to Oman, always check that they are not prohibited.

School and education

The school system in Oman (which is not mandatory), consists of three phases, all of which are free of charge for Omani citizens.

  • Pre-school education: This is for children up to 10 years old.
  • Basic education: This part consist of two cycles: grade 1-4 and grade 5-10. The results of basic education determine which level of secondary school and which university you can attend.
  • Secondary education: This lasts for 3 years and prepares pupils for higher education.

Expats usually opt for private international education for their children. The reason for that is that the language barrier is often too much of an obstacle.
Higher education has a brief history, with the very first university founded only in 1986. In 1994 the first private university was opened, followed by others which are often linked to famous universities in other countries. These universities usually have their curriculum in English. All education in Oman is of high quality, often taught by professors from acclaimed universities from all over the planet.

The job market in Oman

The government has a policy of “Omanization”, which means that jobs should be given to Omani citizens when there is one available to fulfill the job. On the other hand, Oman is recovering from the 2015 drop in oil prices and the economy is growing again. This, in turn, leads to more employment opportunities for expats from all over the world. Omani companies are mainly interested in results and are only looking for people who can add value to their business. When applying for a job, make sure that you possess the proper education and experience in order not to waste your time. Another thing you should be aware of is of the style of Arabic business culture in Oman. This is quite different from the way people do business in countries in the EU or the USA.

Property information

You can choose from a wide range of villas and apartments in Oman but accommodation is not cheap. Keep this in mind when negotiating your work agreement as housing is often included in your remuneration. Some other things you need to know about accommodation in Oman are:

  • Rent is not paid per month but per year.
  • Expats often live in compounds in Oman. This means a closed territory with shared facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, shops and more.
  • When choosing an apartment or villa, it is a good idea to opt for a building that was completed several years before. There is still a lot of development going on in the country and you don’t want to be the neighbour of a noisy construction site.
  • Omani architecture is a pleasant surprise for many visitors. Fueled by oil riches, the best architects from all over the world have come to Oman over the last decades to improve the quality of construction.

Cost of moving to Oman

One of the most pressing questions people have when relocating is: How much is shipping from the USA to Oman? The answer depends on several things:

When you use the services of Eurosender, you have access to the cheapest way to move furniture to Oman. But furniture is not all we ship of course. Whether it is a piano, paintings, your fishing gear or even a sailboat, with the help of Eurosender you can be confident that you experience the lowest average moving costs to Oman. When you have further questions regarding the cost of moving house to Oman, you can always contact our multilingual team of logistics experts, who are ready to guide you through the entire process.

Cost of living in Oman

The cost of living in Oman is on average on the same level as in many European countries. However, there are several things that compare favorably well and things that don’t. Let’s have a look at a few things that have different price levels.

  • Cars are not taxed so they are much cheaper in Oman than in other countries. The same goes for fuel so your transport costs will be drastically lower than in your home country.
  • Lots of food products are imported from other countries, as there isn’t a lot of local produce, which might make this a pricey part of your expenses.
  • Electronic devices are subject to very low import fees, which makes them cheaper than in most countries. For friends and family visiting you, it might be a good moment to update on their devices.
  • Alcohol is taxed by 100% and is probably more expensive than in your native country. Also, keep in mind that you need a license to buy alcohol and that it is only available at designated shops and in several restaurants and hotels.

Driving in Oman

To drive a car in Oman you must have the following documents in your car at all times:

  • International Driving Permit
  • Registration document of the car
  • Insurance certificate
  • Car test certificate
  • Having your passport with you is not obliged but it is recommended.

When you have all your paperwork ready, you can hit the road. Keep in mind that driving in Oman might be a little different from driving around your hometown. Let’s have a look at what some expats noticed while driving around Oman.

  • There are many speed cameras on long, quiet motorways where you would not expect them. Make sure you don’t break the speed limit, which is 120 km/h on motorways.
  • To visit some of the cultural gems of Oman, you will have to travel off-road by car. In this case, it is best to opt for a 4×4 rental car.
  • As the distances are big and the roads are long, make sure that you don’t miss the exit when you need it. It might take a hundred kilometers or so before you see the next one.
  • When it rains it pours and this is especially true for Oman. When it rains the roads are often flooded and slippery. It could even happen that a stretch of road is completely destroyed so be sure to check the weather forecast when planning a long trip.

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