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Oman
Holidays in Oman

A country of opulence

Home to lost cities, Arabian palaces and a historic fort, Oman is an intriguing mix of old and new. Resplendent mosques and traditional trading towns jostle alongside large complexes and shopping malls. On the idyllic coastline, find some of the most spectacular hotels ever seen.

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Essential information for Oman

Local Time
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Language
Flag of Oman
Arabic
Currency
Omani Rial
Official currency of Oman
Flight information
7h 40m
Muscat (MCT)
Direct flight
Flight schedule
Oman Air flights to Muscat depart daily from London Heathrow.
For even more flexibility, call us for options to fly with KLM via Amsterdam, Etihad via Abu Dhabi or Qatar Airways via Doha.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. British citizens require a visa, which can be obtained from the Oman embassy, or these can be purchased locally on arrival. Please note that Oman will suspend the visa on arrival facility as of March 21st 2018.  An eVisa will be mandatory and must be obtained in advance.  

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

When is Ramadan?

Ramadan is estimated to be from 23rd April-23rd May 2020 (followed by Eid in July). Ramadan is a festival like no other, and visiting during this period offers a fascinating insight into Emirati culture and religious traditions.

Highlights of Oman

Spectacular scenery, an enchanting culture and luxurious retreats make for a magical holiday in Oman. Here are its best attractions.

  • See the towering minarets of The Grand Mosque in Oman’s capital city of Muscat.
  • Explore Nizwa Fort, one of the oldest forts in Oman, built in the 17th Century.
  • Visit Bahla Fort, an impressive fortified settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Take a 4x4 safari jeep ride through the Wahiba Sands and camp under the stars.
  • See majestic turtles on Turtle Beach during egg-laying season in June and July.
  • Take a 4x4 ride through the dramatic scenery of Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon.
  • Swim in the shimmering emerald green water of Wadi Shab, the ‘ravine between cliffs’.
  • Stay in a luxurious Omani-style room with the Hajar Mountains as your backdrop at Six Senses Zighy Bay.
  • Relax with a Chedi Jade Massage or Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage at The Chedi Muscat spa.
  • Buy opulent gold jewellery, pottery and traditional Arabic lanterns at the Muttrah Souk
  • Feb: See dhows sail across the Gulf waters for Oman’s annual boat Race.
  • Feb: The Muscat Festival takes place to celebrate Omani culture.
  • Nov: See fireworks fill the skies for Oman’s National Day.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Stay tuned for the latest updates


Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Let’s talk


If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

We'll be in touch soon


To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

I returned early from holiday and have further questions?


You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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