Depicted as a mysterious unknown nation for a long time, Oman is finally coming out of its shell, revealing a charming country to the world. Unlike the resource-rich neighboring United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Oman has modest oil reserves and has always managed to keep its strong identity and ancient traditions. From vast desert plains still home to nomadic tribes to beautiful mountain ranges and a pristine coastline, Oman’s natural beauty is preserved and authentic. In a region obsessed with power and vanity, Oman gives the visitor the unique chance to experience the genuine Arabian soul, away from outrageous luxury.
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
OMAN – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|The Yellow Fever Vaccine||A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.
Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Schistosomiasis||Avoid swimming in fresh water.|
|Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)||Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.|
|Malaria||Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.|
In Oman, good health care can be accessed in Muscat, the capital city. But in rural areas, medical facilities can be hard to find and the care they provide is not of satisfying quality. If you need medical assistance in Oman, you can go to the Muscat Private Hospital, which provides quality basic care and 24 hour emergency services. In the event of serious sickness or injury, it is required to be evacuated to another country.
In case of traffic related emergency in Oman, you can call an ambulance at 9999. But you should be aware that ambulance services are limited and sometimes not available in rural areas.
Pharmacies can be found in major urban areas. They are usually well stocked and sell medicines produced by major international pharmaceutical companies. But don’t forget to bring your own first aid kit and specific treatments when traveling to Oman, especially if you intend to go to remote areas.
Dial 9999 for emergency assistance.