Ministry of Tourism issues guidelines for visitors

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism in Oman has issued guidelines for a safe and enjoyable visit by both domestic and international tourists during the upcoming holiday season.

Respect local codes of behavior and traditions of dress. Men and women should cover knees and shoulders.

Respect Oman’s peace and tranquility. Keep noise to minimum.

Ask permission before photographing people or entering private Property.

Help keep Oman beautiful. Dispose of litter and waste properly.

Ensure your guide has valid tour guide license issued by the Ministry of Tourism.

Village Visits: Protect wildlife and plants. Please do not pick fruits or vegetables as villagers depend on these for their livelihoods.
Do not contaminate any water source. Villagers depend on traditional water systems for drinking and agriculture.

Keep to designated paths when exploring villages and surrounding areas.

Park in designated areas to ensure villagers are not inconvenienced.

Always camp on high ground and avoid wadis which are susceptible to flash flooding.

Desert Excursion: Enter desert areas only with a fully qualified tour guide.

Carry a GPS and ensure all necessary safety equipment and procedures are in place.

It is recommended you travel in groups with more than one vehicle.

Off Road Travel: Use only 4WD vehicles for off-road travel. Please do not travel off road alone. Carry spare tyres and plentiful supplies of food, water
and fuel.

Notify others of your plans and expected time of return.

Use only licensed tourism boats to ensure compliance with safety requirements .A life vest should be available for each passenger.

Trekking: Make sure you are fully aware of the length and difficulty of a trail before setting off. Ensure you have sturdy shoes and adequate
supplies of food and water.

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