Our vacation in Oman actually starts on our return leg after touring Italy and visiting London. For accommodation we have booked Tulip Inn hotel which is just off the main Sultan Qaboos highway and finding it using ‘Maps’ app in our smart phone is a breeze. As an added convenience to the hotel, there is K.M. Hypermarket nearby where we could obtain mineral water, instant noodles, packed lunch & dinner and much more. K.M. is a well stocked Hypermarket. The hotel provides free wi-fi which was strong and stable but was just not able to connect to ‘Facetime’
Tulip Inn Muscat. Credit : tripadvisor.fi
The king sized bed in room 612.
LED CTV, BOSE docking station and mini bar concealed in the cupboard below.
We’ve decided to rent a car in Muscat as we have read that bus services are not frequent & not extensive and Oman taxis do not have meters. The counters for car rental are to your right (old airport) as you exit arrival hall. We have opted to rent a Toyota Yaris for 2 days.
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.
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 (old airport), walk straight and you will see Travelex Foreign Exchange bureau counter is where you apply your visa-on-arrival. 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 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 2017, going up from 5 OMR to 20 OMR. You can apply for a tourist visa online prior to your departure. Refer here for more info regarding visas.
Update (Dec 2018) Well, there is still much confusion about Oman’s visa. We’ve read in travel blogs, as well as travel groups in FB, visa-on-arrival for Malaysian is still being practiced as mentioned in the 1st paragraph. The cost of visa is still 5 OMR for 10 days. We’ve not been to Oman since our last visit, thus cannot confirm on this matter. Since March 2018, the new airport has commenced operations and we don’t know if Travelex is still the issuing agent for VOA. Kindly do a research on visa-on-arrival.
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 (old airport). 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.
Although only few passengers getting off at Mascut, the baggage claim was terribly slow. Almost 45 minutes.