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Oman Air & Muscat Airport

April, 2016

This year, 2016 we flew with Oman Air for our long haul vacation. Firstly we covered Italy, then to London & lastly Oman. Our flight from Kuala Lumpur is on a A330 to Milan with a two hours transit at Muscat airport. The economy class has a 3-4-3 seating arrangement with a 2-3-2 arrangement for the last 4 rows. The seat has generous leg room with a seat pitch of at least 32″.

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Generous leg room.

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Economy cabin.

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Business Class section.

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Safety card.

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Flight safety instructions are through cartoonised video. Quite interesting.

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A rock island in the sea as seen on approach into Muscat airport.

After about 7 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur, we landed at Muscat International airport for a change of plane onwards to Milan with a 2 hours transit. The current airport is not as modern or big as compared to KLIA, what not if compared to Dubai as it does not even have an aero bridge. It is understood that a new terminal is under construction that will probably rival DXB, AUH or DOH in future. A note to mention is that Muscat airport runway, tarmac and apron are super smooth, we hardly experienced bumps like other airports.

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Passengers board & disembark by staircase at Muscat International airport.

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Muscat International airport and ATC tower from the tarmac.

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Possibly the new terminal at the other end.

The Muscat International airport is relative small but they still have shops and eatery outlets to cater for the passengers. From our observation, the majority of Oman Air passengers are on transit while passengers actually stopping at Oman are only a handful.

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Shops in the airport.

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Another section of shops.

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Muscat International airport too, has a car and a motorcycle (back) up for grabs.

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The spacious prayer room. Departure hall escalator and stairs are infront of the prayer room.

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Front view of Muscat International airport from the parking lot.

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Muscat International airport from the air.

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Oman Visa

Oman Visa On Arrival

April 2016

For Malaysian (and most other countries), you will be required to obtain a tourist visa-on-arrival before entering Oman. As you enter the arrival hall, walk straight and you will see a Travelex Foreign Exchange bureau counter for you to apply your visa. No forms are required. Just show your passport and mention how many days you will be in Oman. Thereafter, pay 5 OMR for a tourist visa valid for 10 days. As Travelex is a Foreign Exchange bureau, you can also change your currency here as well (at a lousy rate). Credit card payment for the visa is also accepted.

Update (Aug 2017)
The cost of a short-stay (30 days) tourist visa to visit Oman has quadrupled since April, going up from 5 OMR to 20 OMR. You can apply for a tourist visa online prior to your departure or get it on your arrival (VOA) at Muscat airport as described above. Refer here for more info regarding visas.

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Visa slip.

A slip will then be given to you as proof of payment for your visa which you would present it together with your passport at the immigration desk. There is a copy for you to keep. Immigration will be to your right of the visa counters. There are no rush or queues at the Travelex counters or immigration as most passengers are on transit. There were only 13 passengers including me and my wife at the baggage claim carousel despite our flight being a long haul LHR – MCT flight.

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Although only few passengers getting off at Mascut, the baggage claim was terribly slow.

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Omani currency.

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Muscat rented car

Driving In Oman

April 2016

We’ve decided to rent a car in Muscat as we have read that bus services are not frequent & extensive and Oman taxis do not have meters. The counters for car rental are to your right as you exit arrival hall. We have opted to rent a Toyota Yaris for 2 days.

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The Toyota Yaris we rented for 2 days. Cars are left-hand drive in Oman.

The driving requirement for tourist in Oman can be checked out at the Royal Oman Police website here.

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Extract from Royal Oman Police website.

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