The official currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). Find out more about this currency and the countryʼs payment methods to prepare for your trip and ensure you do not encounter any problems at your destination. However, the Oman visa can easily be paid for in euros.
The currency of the country: the Omani Rial (OMR)
The official currency of Oman is the Omani Rial. Together with the Bahraini Dinar and the Kuwaiti Dinar, it is one of the most valuable currencies in the world. One rial is divided into 1000 baisas and is currently equivalent to £1,87. There are coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisas. There are also half rial notes and 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 rial notes.
Exchanging or withdrawing pounds
In addition to being able to exchange money at the airport, Oman has a large number of exchange offices and banks where you can exchange pounds for rials. As it is a high value currency, you should calculate a budget and exchange the currency accordingly. Exchange offices generally offer better exchange rates than banks.
Travellers wishing to withdraw money in Oman will find numerous cash machines throughout the country. If you are considering withdrawing money in Oman, you should first check that your bank has not blocked the use of bank cards outside Europe for security reasons. So activate this option first and inquire about the exchange rates to assess whether it is more advantageous to pay by bank card or to withdraw cash. To avoid commissions, it may be wise to take a free prepaid card.
Payment methods in Oman
Although Oman is certainly an expensive country compared to other regions and accommodation is not exactly cheap, you can find cheap options to eat for around £3 per person. For your information, the daily budget per person for a mid-range hotel stay and car rental is around £140 and can rise to £340 for a more luxurious hotel stay.
It can be useful to carry cash for taxi rides and smaller daily purchases, but it is also very common in Oman to pay by credit card. Therefore, most major credit cards (such as Visa and MasterCard) are accepted in almost all hotels and eating and drinking establishments. American Express is also generally accepted, but some hotels and restaurants charge a 5% surcharge for its use. Please note that a passport is sometimes required for multiple transactions with a debit card. Always carry your passport with you.
In general, tipping is not customary in Oman, with the exception of luxury hotels and restaurants. In these restaurants, it is recommended leaving 10% of the total value, and in hotels to give 1 rial to bellboys. Tipping is also optional in taxis and cleaning services.
Paying the Oman visa cost
To travel to Oman, you need a visa. Since the beginning of 2018, it is no longer possible to arrange this visa on arrival, so the Oman visa must be applied for online. The tourist visa comes in three variants: single entry for a stay of up to 10 days, single entry for a stay of up to 30 days, and multiple entry for several stays of up to 30 days each for one year from the date of approval. The cost of the Oman visa varies depending on the type of visa you choose.
On this website, you can apply for your visa for Oman by filling in the appropriate digital application form. After paying the fee for your chosen tourist visa, which can be safely paid in pounds without transaction fees, your application will be processed. After your application has been approved - this happens within 1 week on average - you will receive your visa by email. You should print out the visa and present it together with your passport upon arrival in Oman.