Almost every international aircraft lands at Muscat (Seeb) International Airport (MCT). Salalah also has a limited number of regional international flights (SLL). Obtaining a visa on arrival in Salalah may be problematic due to the airport’s tiny size and immigration officers’ lack of change for bigger bills.
Several airlines provide scheduled flights, including Oman Air, Emirates, Gulf Air, Etihad, British Airways, Kuwait Airways, Saudi Arabian Airways, and KLM. Swiss International, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Air India, Air France, and Thai Airways International are among the airlines that fly internationally. The most common connections are via Dubai (DXB).
Airlines such as Air India, Indian, and Jet Airways provide direct flights from a number of Indian locations.
Cruise ships dock at Muscat’s port, although there are no regular passenger services to Oman. More cruise ships (usually smaller ones) are making port calls, which is progressively altering the situation.
There are many border crossings between the UAE and Oman, some of which are mentioned below:
- Hatta border at Wadi Hatta and Al-Wajajah (As of December 2015 this crossing can only be used by GCC Nationals)
- Wadi Jizzi between Sohar and Buraimi,
- Jebel Hafret leading to Ibri and Nizwa,
- Khatmat Milahah from Fujairah
- from Ras al Khaimah emirate to Bukha/Musadam
- from Fujeirah emirate to Dibba/Musadam.
- Al Ain (Abu Dhabi) 3 border posts, 1 Khatam Al Shukla (Khattm Al Shiklah) street border post (serving expatriates)
Driving directions and border crossing from Abu Dhabi to Muscat – There are three border posts in Al Ain for Abu Dhabi residents crossing into Oman: Buraimi Border post (reserved exclusively for GCC Nationals), Hilli Border post (also exclusively for GCC Nationals), and Khatam Al Shukla street border post (serving expatriates, you will not find any traffic signal in the city indicating the direction of the border).
The roads are good, and crossing the border is simple. Don’t forget to carry some cash with you since you’ll need it to pay for the visa to enter Oman and to fill your vehicle, as it seems that many gas stations don’t accept credit cards. If you’re driving a car into Oman from the UAE, you’ll need to provide proof that the vehicle is insured in Oman at the border. While leaving the UAE by vehicle, there is an AED35 departure fee, and when leaving Oman by road, there is an OMR2 charge.
Weekends and public holidays are particularly crowded at the different UAE-Oman crossings, as residents and tourists travel into Oman for tourism and visa runs. Taking the train throughout the week (Sunday to Thursday) can help you escape the throng.
Also, double-check that your passport has the appropriate entrance and departure stamps. Although it should go without saying, some border officers will overlook a step in the process, causing administrative headaches afterwards. Furthermore, traveling from Oman to the UAE is frequently a tumultuous process, making it simpler than one would think to miss the crucial stamp.
Crossing from Oman to Yemen is far more difficult, and individuals with a sense of adventure should familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures that govern that border. In earlier years, a regulation prohibited single female travelers from leaving Oman for Yemen. Furthermore, keep in mind that Yemen’s easternmost regions are very distant.
While there is an unmarked boundary between Oman and Saudi Arabia, it is a dangerous passage since it passes through most (if not all) of the Empty Quarter and has no permanent roadways.
In the United Arab Emirates, there is a frequent bus service between Muscat and Dubai. Private carriers as well as the state-owned Oman National Transport Company (ONTC) operate, and the trip (which typically takes 4 to 5 hours) is fairly pleasant due to the good roads.
The Dubai to Muscat and Dubai to Salalah routes are operated by ONTC. At 07.15 and in the afternoon, the bus to Muscat leaves from Al Rigga Road in Deira, Dubai. The bus to Salalah leaves from the same bus terminal at 15:00. Tickets to Muscat may be purchased at Al Manhal stationery at the bus stop for AED55 one way (Dec 2010). The bus stop is difficult to locate; it is near to the Caravan restaurant and the Dnata building, and cab drivers are aware of its location. The Salalah bus is the best way to go to Nizwa. Prepare for the bus trip by dressing warmly and preparing for border clearance, which includes a luggage check! You do not need to pay for an Oman visa if you enter the UAE via Dubai; just show your stamp at the border check.