Animals and Illness Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Asia, like avian influenza and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)Cases of locally-acquired Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) have been reported in this country.
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Medical services and facilitiesCOVID-19 - TestingContact local health authorities, or the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to find out where you can get a COVID-19 test. Modern medical care is available in main cities but could be inadequate in remote areas. Immediate cash payment is often required. Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays. Travel health and safetyKeep in Mind... The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss your options. Measles Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.
The death penalty could apply. Respect restrictions concerning the consumption of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol outside licensed hotels. Public intoxication is an offence. Alcohol, drugs and travelCannabis and international travelPrescription drugsPrescription or over-the-counter drugs that are legal in Canada, such as those containing codeine, may be restricted in Oman. Possession of such drugs could lead to a jail sentence. Carry your original prescription and keep prescription medications in their original container. DrivingYou should carry an international driving permit. More about the International Driving PermitDrivers involved in an accident must move their vehicles to the side of the road to reduce congestion.
Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from tick bites and avoid animals, particularly livestock. There is no vaccine available for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever. Dengue In this country, risk of dengue is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites. Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal. The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year.
If you must visit a farm or market, make sure you practise good hygiene and wash your hands before and after contact with animals. There is currently no licensed vaccine to protect against MERS. Person-to-Person Infections Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres. You must abide by local laws. Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad. DrugsPenalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines.
Useful linksTravel advice for Qatar – Government of CanadaFIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Government of CanadaWorld Cup Qatar 2022 - FIFAHayya Qatar 2022Border with YemenAvoid approaching the Yemeni border due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Crossing the Yemen–Oman border can be difficult and very dangerous. Houthi militias and other forces operating in Yemen do not normally engage in cross-border exercises. However, you should be extremely cautious near the border due to the potential spillover of violence.
MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Some people infected with MERS-CoV experience no symptoms, while others may experience mild flu-like or more severe pneumonia-like symptoms. About one-third of reported cases have resulted in death. Eat and drink safely, and avoid close contact with animals, especially camels.
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The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region. Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset. Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Such a stamp would indicate the traveler has been in Israel. Restricted zonesSome areas of the country are considered of strategic importance and cannot be visited without authorization from Omani authorities. Yellow feverLearn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section). Children and travelLearn about travel with children. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. Routine Vaccines Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination. Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Useful linksForeign Representatives in CanadaCanadian passportsThe Omani authorities may deny you entry if your passport shows an X in the “sex” field or if it includes an observation to that effect. VisasCanadians need a visa to visit Oman. Tourism visa: RequiredBusiness visa: RequiredStudent visa: RequiredYou can obtain and pay for a visa upon arrival at Muscat International Airport. You can also apply for an e-visa before you travel through the Royal Oman Police portal. EmploymentOmani employers must obtain a work visa and a single-entry for you, either before or after you arrive. Omani employers often insist on retaining foreign employees’ passports as a condition of employment. This practice is illegal.
You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance to change your travel plans. Useful linksTravel restrictions and health requirements - United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA)Foreign Representatives in CanadaEvery country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements. We have obtained the information on this page from Omani authorities.