The current situation in the Middle East does mean that Oman currently has a higher than usual degree of political tension. Oman borders with Saudi Arabia and Yemen, both of which are at each other's throats. The Omani border with Yemen is the subject of "Reconsider your travel" by numerous government travel advisories due to the ongoing conflict in the country. Omani authorities won't allow you to enter Yemen unless you are officially authorized to do so.
Be aware of when large-scale gatherings and demonstrations are about to occur and avoid them. Most protests have been peaceful, but where they occur near the UAE border they have been known to turn violent and protestors have been killed. Due to its traditional non-interventionist attitude to foreign policy, Oman has been playing a diplomatic role amongst the Gulf States as war ravages Yemen, largely driven by Saudi Arabia. Staying neutral has also ensured stability in the country despite the high-security presence.
Terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Daesh affiliated groups, and others do operate in the Arabian Peninsula and have been involved in attacks on several Gulf countries including neighboring Yemen. While the likelihood of a terror attack happening in Oman is lower than other Gulf states, the possibility still exists. Attacks are likely indiscriminate and may not necessarily target foreign interests or touristy locations.
Always monitor government travel advisories, news reports, and official warnings. Be aware of your surroundings as you always would anywhere you travel.
Oman is a wealthy country with a strictly religious, moral and legal code which means that crime of any type is severely punished, and the deterrent seems to work. Most Omanis are relaxed and polite people, so crime is not in their nature. However, some travelers have been the target of petty crimes and there have been reports of assaults at night.
Nonetheless, take the usual precautions to protect your valuables, be aware of your surroundings and women should take extra care when traveling alone, especially when out at night.
The Sultanate of Oman is an absolute monarchy, meaning the Sultan has the final say. Being an Islamic country, sharia law has helped found and shape Oman's legal system.
As you would in any Islamic country, dress with modesty and respect the local traditions. This is particularly important during the time of Ramadan and other religious observances.
There is zero tolerance for drugs in Oman whether it's possession or trafficking, severe penalties apply including the death penalty. Even having a small amount for personal use can see you spending at least a year in jail.
Like other countries, Oman doesn't take too kindly to people photographing government and military buildings plus airports. Be a good nomad and always ask people before photographing them.
Flying a recreational drone is illegal in Oman with a minimum penalty of three years in jail if you disobey the law. Omani authorities have had to restrict drone operations due to several incidents involving recreational drones flying too close to airport infrastructure and plane flight paths.
It's an offense to insult or make offensive remarks about the Omani royal family, the government and its officials.
Homosexuality is illegal in Oman and punishable with a stint in jail of up to three years, and sometimes the death penalty.
Offensive behavior and language in public and also on social media is prohibited. Even flipping the bird at someone while driving may get you in trouble. Also, public displays of affection are a no-no too.
The legal drinking age in Oman is 21. It's an offense to be publicly drunk or consume alcohol in public.
You may have read that it's an offense for a couple to share a room whether you are unmarried or just friends of the opposite sex. Yes, that's true BUT it's also an offense for Omani authorities to ask about the marital status of a couple.
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Health risks are low due to the country being as well run as it is.