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Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling to Oman

Whether you need to apply for a tourist visa to visit Oman depends on your nationality and the duration of your stay. The citizens of 103 countries are authorized to visit Oman for 14 days without a visa. To see if your country is on the list, check the official visa website (evisa.rop.gov.om). If your trip exceeds 14 days, or if you're not a citizen of these countries, you need to apply online to receive your tourist visa before arrival. The Single-Entry Tourist Visa (26B) has a 30 days duration and costs 20 OMR (about 52 USD).

Oman is one of the safest countries to visit. According to the World Economic Forum, Oman is the 4th safest country in the world! It has a low crime rate, and terrorism is non-existent there. The Sultanate of Oman has a prosperous economy and plays a mediator role in the region, having good relations with its neighbors.

The best moment to visit Oman is between the end of fall and the beginning of spring. The high season is indeed between October and April when the temperatures are the most pleasant. It is recommended to avoid traveling to Oman during the summer (June, July, and August) due to hot temperatures. It is true everywhere except for the south of Oman, in the Dhofar region. Due to the monsoon, the best time to visit Salalah is between June and September.

The ideal minimum stay in Oman is one week, which is enough time to visit Muscat and the surroundings during a round trip. It's possible to stay less time, but we still recommend a minimum of 5 days. For travelers with more time, two weeks to 20 days are enough to visit Muscat, Salalah, and the Musandam Peninsula.

Oman is a tolerant country but also traditional, and it is advised to follow some specific dress code to avoid offending locals. Women should wear loose clothing, covering arms and legs. Outside mosque, it's not necessary to cover your hair with a scarf. Even if shorts are tolerated for men, prefer pants as much as possible. Men will also avoid physical contact with women, such as shaking hands and any demonstration of affection in public.

Traveling to Iran

All visitors need a tourist visa to enter Iran, which is valid for 30 days and can be extended twice. To apply for a visa, you need to get an authorization code ("visa grant notice") that can be delivered quickly and hassle-free through travel agencies such as 1stQuest. With this authorization, you can then collect your visa at an Iranian embassy or on arrival at the airport if you are among the nationalities who can pretend to visa on arrival (VOA).

Iran has stopped stamping the passports of foreign visitors a few years ago. Your travel visa is delivered on a separate sheet of paper, and no trace from your trip to Iran is visible in your passport. So, you can travel to the U.S. after a trip to Iran without any concern.

Iran is a safe country to travel to, and travelers quoted by the Lonely Planet describe it as the "safest country I have ever been to," often safer than Europe. Indeed, the crime rate is low in Iran, and people are willing to help, especially foreigners who are precious guests to Iranians.

American citizens (as well as British and Canadians) can visit Iran but must be accompanied by a guide during their whole trip. They cannot travel independently and need to go through a travel agency to arrange their trip. However, the general feeling of Iranians toward Americans is extremely positive. Iranians usually view the U.S. as a great country, where many of them have relatives, and they don`t mix politics and people in their judgment.

Iran is a four-seasons country, and each time of the year is a different opportunity to visit a specific region. For the main cities, located mainly in Iran`s central plateau, the best time to visit is during Spring and Fall. It is advised to avoid the central desert during summer. South of Iran is not recommended between June and August, as temperatures are very warm.

Traveling during COVID-19

Iran

Travel to Iran during COVID-19

LAST UPDATE: April 14th, 2021

Since summer 2020, Iran has banned foreign visitors` entry to fight the spread of Covid-19. Currently, no tourist visas are delivered to enter Iran, and authorities have not announced yet when visas will be reissued.

Iran

Travel to Oman during COVID-19

LAST UPDATE: April 14th, 2021

Due to Covid 19, Oman has banned entry of visitors from April 8th 2021. Previously, a one week quarantine was mandatory on arrival. Authorities have not announced yet when tourists will be allowed to enter the country again and under which conditions.