Planning a trip from Dubai to Oman by road? Based on my many trips from UAE to Oman by road I put together this extensive guide that will help you prepare for a road trip from Dubai to Oman by car.
Nonetheless, there is some important information that you need which I share in this post: UAE-Oman border crossings and procedures, required documents to drive through UAE Oman border by rental car and private car, including car insurance (orange card), driving times and distance from Dubai to Oman (and from other emirates in the UAE) and last but not least, how to get Oman visit visa both as a tourist in Dubai (UAE) and as a UAE resident.
This guide covers absolutely everything you need to know before you go traveling from Dubai to Oman by car. Also read this post, if you are going from Abu Dhabi to Oman, or from another Emirate.
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Dubai to Oman by road requirements: everything you need to know in 2023
UAE to Oman by car: a quick checklist
- A car- if you are looking to rent one, then I recommend checking Discovercars and Rentalcars car search aggregators for the best car rental rates in the UAE.
- Car registration card (Mulkiya), car insurance in Oman-orange card, driver’s license.
- International Driving Permit might be required when renting a car in UAE as a tourist.
- NOC certificate for a rental car or if you are driving a borrowed car.
- Oman tourist visa (obtained online or at the border, subject to nationality).
- You need a passport to enter Oman from UAE by road.
- For UAE visitors going to Oman: your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the visa issue date.
- For UAE expats going from Dubai to Oman: UAE residency should be valid for at least 3 months and passport for at least 6 months after the visa issue date.
- Advisable Travel Insurance. I always take out one on my trips to Oman to have peace of mind.
Is a road trip from Dubai to Oman by car worth it?
Traveling to Oman by road from Dubai (or Abu Dhabi, or any other Emirate) is the best way to visit the Sultanate. Roads in UAE and Oman are in excellent condition and driving from Dubai to Muscat or elsewhere in Oman is a breeze.
Whether you are a UAE resident or visiting Dubai as a tourist, you can easily go on a road trip not only to Muscat, but also visit nearby Musandam, head on a long drive to Salalah, or just about anywhere else in Oman from any Emirate in the UAE either for a weekend or longer.
Although the distance from Dubai to Muscat by road (the most popular Dubai-Oman route) is almost 500 kilometers and takes 5 hours to drive, do not get discouraged. The drive is long but pleasant: along the way, you will be blessed with the otherworldly landscapes of the Hajar mountains, the beautiful Gulf of Oman coastline, and rolling desert dunes. Moreover, petrol in UAE and Oman is cheap making it yet another great reason to go on a road trip to Oman from the UAE.
If you are already in the Sultanate of Oman, and wondering if you should rent a car in Oman and drive, then you will find my guide to Renting a car and driving in Oman useful.
Dubai to Oman by Road: driving your own car from UAE to Oman
Can I take my car from Dubai to Oman?
Yes, as a UAE resident, you can drive your own car from Dubai to Oman.
What documents do I need to drive my car from UAE to Oman?
To drive your car from UAE to Oman you need the following car documents:
- Driver’s license
- Car registration card (mulkiya)
- Orange card – car insurance policy for driving in Oman
How to get an orange card for Oman?
When driving your car from UAE to Oman, make sure to obtain a so-called orange card from your insurance company. This card serves as a car insurance policy that covers your car while driving in Oman. It is always required when traveling in the GAIF (General Arab Insurance Federation) countries (which includes Oman).
If you purchased a car insurance policy that already covers Oman territory (many bigger insurance providers include Oman), you will get an orange card free of charge. Otherwise, you can request your car insurance provider to include coverage for the Sultanate of Oman and issue an orange card for an additional fee.
Important! Make sure to contact your car insurance company and request to issue an orange car a few days before your trip.
Good to know: Whenever I request an orange card for my Dubai to Muscat trips, I usually receive it the next day via email from my insurance company. However, in some cases, you might have to collect it in person and it takes a couple of days for the insurance company to issue an orange card. Therefore, the best is to call your insurance company and ask for all the details about the orange card processing times and costs (if any).
Getting Oman car insurance policy at the UAE-Oman border
If you are already heading from UAE to Oman by road and forgot to obtain the orange card, do not worry. You can get a car insurance policy covering driving in Oman at the border. According to the latest information I have, it costs 105 AED for 5 days which is the minimum number of days you can purchase insurance at the border.
IMPORTANT: Orange card purchased at the UAE-Oman border only covers damages caused by the Insured to a Third Party in a foreign GAIF member country (including Oman in this case). That means damages done to your car will not be covered.
Can I use a UAE license to drive in Oman?
If you are a UAE resident, you can use your UAE driving license to drive in Oman.
Dubai to Oman by Road: can I drive borrowed or leased car from UAE to Oman?
If you want to drive to Oman in a vehicle that is not in your name, below are the two most common scenarios and what to do to successfully cross the border.
Can I drive my friend’s, spouse’s, or company’s car from UAE to Oman?
Yes, you can drive someone else’s car as long as you have the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owner, along with car registration documents, and, of course, insurance covering the territory of Oman (orange card).
NOC for the car to Oman format
If you are borrowing a car from a friend, spouse, or your work car, you can ask them to write down a free-style format NOC letter. It has to state the owner’s name, EID, or passport number and that they have no objection to you (make sure to include your name) taking/using the car from UAE to Oman. You can also attach a photocopy of the car owner’s ID along with the letter.
What if my car is still on mortgage, can I drive it to Oman?
I drove my leased car from Dubai to Oman through the Hatta-Al Wajajah border without any issues. Nobody asked me any questions related to the lease. Neither did I contact the bank to ask if I need any special permission to drive across the border between UAE and Oman.
In general, according to my research, you are allowed to cross the Hatta-Al Wajajah UAE-Oman border with your car which is still on a loan.
I would recommend contacting your bank to see if you can get a No Objection Certificate from them to have complete peace of mind.
Good to know: many people reported (and I second them from my experience) that the easiest UAE-Oman border to cross with borrowed car is Hatta-Al Wajajah. Folks at this border are laid back and they never even ask for the NOC even when you are driving somebody else’s car. Meanwhile, other Oman-UAE borders are stricter and they most likely request NOC.
Dubai to Oman by Road: Can I take a rental car from Dubai to Oman?
Yes, you can take a rental car from UAE to Oman. Nonetheless, before renting a car in Dubai (or elsewhere in UAE), make sure to check that the specific agency allows you to take the car across the UAE-Oman border. For example, with Discovercars or Rentalcars, before making a reservation, you can always check if taking a car to Oman is permitted by the rental company.
On Discovercars website you can click on Rental Conditions->Cross Border policy to see if driving a car through the border is allowed.
UAE Car rental companies that allow taking rental cars to Oman
To help you save some time, I found out that the following car rental agencies permit border crossing from Dubai to Oman: Aurostrad, Dollar, Avis, SIXT. All can be booked through Discovercars and Rentalcars (it is cheaper to book through car search aggregators than directly through the company).
Dubai to Oman by road: required documents to drive a rental car from UAE to Oman
To drive a rental car from UAE to Oman you need the following car documents:
- Driver’s license (the driver must be the same person who rented the car)
- Car registration card (mulkiya)
- NOC certificate provided by the insurance company
- Car insurance policy for driving in Oman provided by car rental company
NOC: written permission to take UAE rental car to Oman
If you plan to go to Oman from UAE in a rental car, one of the most important documents you have to obtain is a No Objection Certificate (NOC) that you will request from your rental company.
Whether you booked a car through Discovercars or Rentalcars, or directly with a company, make sure to contact the agency directly at least 2-4 days ahead of your trip (depending on the company). The rental company will request your driver’s license and passport copy in order to process the required documents (NOC and also additional car insurance which I talk about in the next paragraph).
Good to know: UAE-based rental companies specify that not all their vehicles can be taken to Oman from UAE. Therefore, you might change your booked vehicle in case it does not fall under the permitted vehicles category.
Car insurance policy for Oman
To drive to Oman from the UAE you will also have to purchase an additional car insurance policy for Oman. This policy must be issued by your car hire in UAE company. Any other car insurance that you have purchased elsewhere will not be valid. Note, that you cannot obtain Oman car insurance at the border when you are driving a rental car.
The cost of a car insurance policy for Oman is combined with NOC issuance cost and varies across the companies.
As a reference, I found on the Avis website, that cost of the NOC certificate and additional insurance is combined:
- 1 to 3 days- 450 AED, and 100 AED for an additional day
- 7 days – 750 AED, and 100 AED for an additional day
- 1 month- 1500 AED, and 100 AED for an additional day
You will receive your NOC certificate and insurance upon collection of the rental car. Keep this with you to show at the border if requested.
Extra costs for taking your rental car in UAE to Oman
Also note that all rentals in UAE and Oman have a mileage cap of around 200-250 km/day (calculated as a total for your rental period). Exceeding the allowance means you have to pay extra of around 1 AED per kilometre. Oman is around 4 times bigger than UAE, and it is very easy to finish the millage allowance when driving from Dubai to Oman.
Is an international license valid in UAE and Oman?
If you are a tourist visiting the UAE and are also planning to drive to Oman, you have to have a driving license issued in your country of residence, matching the residency stated on your passport.
Do I need International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in UAE and Oman as a tourist?
When driving in UAE and Oman as a tourist you may be required to have International Driving Permit (IDP). However, nationals of some countries are exempt from this requirement if their Passport and driving license is issued from the same country.
This applies to the following countries: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, Austria, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Romania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Serbia, Lithuania, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, People’s Republic of China, South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
Nationals from all other countries and those whose passports and Driving licenses are not from the same country must hold an international driving license accompanied by their original driving license.
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Driving from UAE & Dubai to Oman routes and UAE-Oman border crossings
UAE and Oman share several borders. The route you will take depends on where in Oman you are going to and which UAE emirate you are driving from/to.
Important: there are specific borders that are open for everybody: tourists, GCC residents, and GCC citizens. While some of the UAE Oman borders are open to GCC citizens and Omani nationals only but not to UAE expats and tourists.
Below is a list of the UAE-Oman border posts open for tourists, GCC residents, and GCC citizens:
- Hatta-Al Wajajah Border Crossing in Hatta;
- Mezyad-Hafeet border crossing in Al Ain;
- Khatam Al Shiklah in Al Ain;
- Al Dhara Border Post-Musandam (Westside coastal Khasab road);
- Dibba checkpoint – Musandam East coast (north of Fujeirah Emirate);
- Khatmat Malaha Border Post in Kalba (Eastern Sharjah, Gulf of Oman side).
Following is detailed information and recommendations on which UAE-Oman border to take based on your location in UAE and destination in Oman.
Hatta – Al Wajajah Border Crossing
Hatta Al-Wajajah border is one of the most popular crossings for travelers from Dubai to Muscat by road. It is also the closest to Dubai UAE-Oman border that is open to everyone including UAE expats and tourists. The time spent to cross this border is usually around 30 min to 1 hour depending on how busy it is. People tend to travel more during public holidays and weekends, thus allow extra time for crossing this popular UAE Oman border.
Cross Hatta-Al Wajajah border if:
- You are driving from Dubai to Muscat or to the Eastern part of Oman. It is 140 KM from Dubai to the border and takes approximately 1 HR 40 MIN to drive from downtown Dubai to the Hatta Al Wajajah border.
- Hatta-Al Wajajah is also the closest border to cross if you are driving from other emirates except for Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. That being said, when driving from Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain to the East of Oman Mainland, the closest border is Hatta-Al Wajajah.
You can also take this border if you want to drive from Dubai to Salalah along the coast, but it will be a much longer route than through the border in Al Ain.
Important! When driving from Dubai to Hatta Al Wajajah, take Sharjah-Kalba road E102 followed by the new Hatta road (there is no need to reach Shawka). DO NOT get confused if you are coming via E44 through Al Madam. This route will bring you to a border near Al Madam in Sharjah. Currently, it is closed (or only open for GCC citizens).
Tip: once you are in Oman, and heading to Muscat from Hatta border, set your navigation to take you to the newly built highway which runs in the hinterlands of Oman. This is a much nicer and slightly faster route than the one that runs along the coast (you don’t actually see the coast).
Mezyad-Hafeet border crossing in Al Ain
Located in Al Ain, the Garden City of UAE, Mezyad-Hafeet border crossing is convenient if you are driving from the capital Abu Dhabi, or if you are headed to Nizwa, Jebel Shams, Jebel Akhdar, or Salalah.
Cross the Mezyad-Hafeet border if:
- You are driving from Abu Dhabi to Mainland Oman. It is 190km and around 2 hrs drive from Abu Dhabi to the Mezyad-Hafeet border crossing in Al Ain.
- You are driving from Dubai to Nizwa, Jebel Shams, and Salalah in Southern Oman. The Meyzad-Hafeet border is 160km and 2 hours drive from Dubai Downtown.
- You are driving from other Emirates (Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain) to Nizwa, Jebel Shams, and Salalah in Southern Oman.
Tip: if you are doing a road trip to Oman that starts in Muscat but finishes in Nizwa, you can use Mezyad-Hafeet border to come back to UAE.
Check this Dubai to Salalah road trip planner if you are thinking of driving to Salalah.
Khatam Al Shiklah border in Al Ain
This is the other UAE-Oman border in Al Ain which is mainly used by trucks. However, regular cars can also use it as an alternative to Mezyad-Hafeet. It takes a similar amount of time to get to this border as to the Mezyad border.
I have used this border before and it was very quiet with barely any cars.
Note: the distance between Khatam Al Shiklah control posts on UAE and Oman sides is around 30km. Thus, don’t get confused, it’s a long drive in no man’s land.
Al Dhara Border Post-Musandam (Westside coastal Khasab road)
Use this Al Dhara Border Crossing if you are driving to Khasab in the Musandam Peninsula on the west side.
Located at the Northern tip of Ras al Khaimah emirate, the Al Dhara border crossing connects UAE to Oman’s exclave Musandam Governorate, Westside.
It takes 2 hours to reach the Musandam Al Dhara border from Dubai and 3.5 hours from Abu Dhabi.
Planning on going from Dubai to Musandam, Oman? Here is my detailed Musandam Travel Guide which includes border procedures and the best things to do in Musandam for a day, two, or more.
Dibba checkpoint – Musandam East coast (north of Fujairah Emirate)
Use the Dibba checkpoint crossing if you are going to the East side of Musandam, Oman.
Dibba border is essentially a military checkpoint rather than an official border crossing. There is no official checkpoint on the Oman side, only on the UAE side. Also, there are two checkpoints next to each other- one for GCC citizens only, and the other for tourists and GCC residents.
If you are visiting the Musandam Peninsula from the Dibba side, you can use a tour operator or stay at Six Senses Ziggy Bay Resort, or Dibba Resort to be able to cross this checkpoint visa-free. Tour operators or hotels will arrange an entry permit for you if you have a booking with them.
However, if you are planning to go on hiking in Wadi Khub al Shamzi, or mountain biking in that area, you can still use an Oman visit visa to cross the Dibba checkpoint.
Just before the lockdown back in 2020, we crossed the Dibba checkpoint with an Oman visit visa for GCC residents when we were going hiking on the East side of Musandam, Oman. We did not know about permits being arranged by tour operators. Also, the officers at the border did not question us. We explained that we are going for a hike and they let us through.
To plan your visit from Dubai to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Find out The best things to do in Muscat: 1-3 days itinerary.
Khatmat Malaha Border Post in Kalba (Eastern Sharjah, Gulf of Oman side)
Use this border crossing: if you are driving from Fujeirah or Kalba (a town that belongs to Sharjah Emirate on the East side of UAE).
Attention! Information about this border crossing is not very clear. According to my research, it looks like it is open to GCC residents. However, some people reported that they could not cross the Khatmat Malaha border with a rental car even when they have NOC and insurance. You will be directed to the Hatta border.
In case you are traveling from Fujeirah to Oman as a tourist, you better head directly to Hatta- Al Wajajah border crossing.
FUN FACT: Did you know you can visit Oman from UAE without a visa or permit? Even more, you can also visit UAE inside Oman. A small territory that is an exclave of the Musandam Governorate is called Madha. This tiny piece of land belongs to Oman and is an enclave of the UAE near Khor Fakkan town on the East Coast. What is even more fascinating is that you can cross the UAE-Oman border twice, and find Nahwa in the middle of Madha. Nahwa is an enclave territory that belongs to the UAE and is surrounded by Madha from all sides. You do not need any permit or visa to enter Madha!
UAE-Oman border crossing procedures: waiting times, formalities, and exit fees
UAE-Oman border crossing procedures may appear somewhat confusing if you are travelling from Dubai to Oman by car for the first time. Hence, I share the step-by-step procedures and formalities that you have to go through at UAE Oman land borders. The bellow described procedure is exactly what you will have to do at the Hatta-Al Wajajah border. However, other UAE-Oman borders have similar steps.
UAE to Oman by car border crossing step-by-step
1. Pay UAE Exit Fee
At the first drive-through counter on the UAE side of the UAE-Oman border, you will be asked to pay the exit fee of 35 AED plus 5% VAT per person. Collect the receipt and show it at the next window together with your passports where you will get an UAE exit stamp.
You can pay in cash or by card. Nonetheless, I always recommend having cash (UAE dirhams) just in case.
Note that when leaving UAE by land through any border to Oman you must always pay 35 AED exit fee per person, and only then you can get an exit stamp on your passport.
2. Present your Oman visit visa (or obtain an Oman visa on arrival) and get entry to Oman stamp
After exiting UAE, you will have to proceed with a visa check and entry stamp to Oman. Also, your car registration documents, insurance, and NOC (if applicable) will be checked.
On the Hatta- Al Wajajah border, you have to drive for around 1 kilometer until you reach the Oman border post. Park your car and enter the building to get your Oman entry stamps there. If you already have Oman e-visas prearranged, it will save you time. Otherwise, you will have to fill in the immigration application form and make payments for the Oman visit visa on the spot.
IMPORTANT: Oman visa on arrival is subject to nationality. The good news is that an Oman visit visa might even be FREE if you meet certain criteria. Continue reading this post to find all the information about Oman visit visas for both UAE visitors and UAE residents.
Once your Oman visa is set and passports are stamped with Oman entry, you will be handed a small sheet of paper that indicates the number of passengers traveling to Oman. Keep it safe as you will have to show it when driving through the passport control gate and during a car inspection.
3. Pass Oman passport control
Once your Oman visa is sorted, proceed back to the car and drive to the passport checkpoint where you will be asked to show your passport with the Oman entry stamp.
4. Stop at the vehicle inspection point
After passing the passport control window, you will have to stop for a car inspection. The border control officer will inspect the interior and the boot of your car and if all is good, will stamp a small sheet of paper that you have earlier received at the Oman visa checkpoint. Keep it safe, as you will have to show it at the last checkpoint before entering Oman.
5. Pass the last checkpoint before entering Oman
After finishing your car inspection, you will drive a few hundred meters until you reach the last police checkpoint. Give the officer a small sheet of paper that was stamped at the car inspection place.
And that is it. Welcome to Oman!
How long does it take to cross the UAE-Oman border?
From my personal experience, with all the documents ready (printed e-visa, passports, and car documents in place), all the checking procedures, without queues (only a few vehicles at the border), it still takes almost an hour to pass Hatta-Al Wajajah border when driving from Dubai to Muscat.
It is much faster (when there is no queue) at Al-Dhara (Khasab) border when travelling to Musandam, Oman. You can expect to spend around 30 minutes on Al-Dhara border.
Good to know: Public holidays and weekends are known to be notorious when it comes to queueing at UAE-Oman borders. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours at the border during peak times.
Driving back from Oman to the UAE
The procedure of returning to UAE from Oman by car is similar just in reverse. The only difference is that you do not have to pay any exit fees from Oman and the car inspection on the UAE border side is much stricter. I have driven from Muscat to Dubai with my car boot loaded with photography equipment and suitcases. The offers on the UAE side did a thorough check-up and asked many questions about what and why I was carrying.
On the way back to the UAE to Oman, you will be given a small piece of paper when crossing the Oman border (an exit stamp of some sort). Keep it safe as you will have to present it when driving through the next checkpoint on the UAE border side.
Arriving in the UAE
On the UAE side, you will again have to park your car and go to the immigration post (at the Hatta border it was a separate building for UAE residents and tourists, while GCC citizens could drive through the checkpoints.
In the arrival hall, you will have to show your passports. If you are a tourist returning back to the UAE, then your UAE visa will also be checked (refer to the Oman visa requirements section for more information).
Oman to Dubai vehicle inspection point
After UAE passport control, you will have to drive through an x-ray scan, and then stop at a dedicated checkpoint where the contents of your car will be inspected thoroughly.
Collect a stamped small piece of paper from the officer. You will have to hand it over at the last drive-through checkpoint window. And that is the last step.
Welcome back to the UAE!
UAE to Oman by road visa requirements
In this section, you will find all the necessary information about UAE to Oman by road visa requirements both for UAE visit visa holders and UAE residents.
Oman Visa for UAE residents traveling by road
Visa-free entry for UAE residents visiting Oman for less than 14 days
According to the latest news, UAE expats and GCC residents are eligible for visa-free entry from UAE to Oman by road (and by air) if they are traveling to the Sultanate for less than 14 days.*
The other great news is that the former requirement for the UAE residency to be on a list of specific professions has been removed. UAE residents of all commercial professions are now eligible to enter Oman.
IMPORTANT: the UAE residency must be valid for at least 3 months prior to arrival to the Sultanate, while the passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
*I recently traveled from Dubai to Muscat by road via the Hatta-Al Wajajah border and encountered UAE residents who still had to pay 5 OMR (50 AED) for their visit visa. Those were Sri Lankan residents to be specific. Out of curiosity, I have asked officials at the border why not all UAE residents are getting visa-free entry. The officials explained that it depends on the nationality of each visitor. Also, not everyone is entitled to a visa on arrival. For example, Nigerians who are UAE residents are still required to fill in e-visa applications online, while Sri Lankans can get a visit visa at the border. I could not find a full list of specific requirements per country, but it is certain that EU, UK, US, Australia, Canada nationals who are residents in the UAE can travel visa-free to Oman.
Oman E-visa for UAE residents staying longer than 14 days
As a UAE resident, if you are traveling to Oman from UAE by road and planning to stay for longer than 14 days in the Sultanate, then you must apply for an Oman e-visa or get one at the border if your nationality is eligible. However, Oman authorities encourage us to obtain a visit Visa online to save time at the border.
You can apply for an Oman visa online on Royal Oman Police’s official website here. Click on the “Apply for Tourist Visa” section and create an account.
Make sure to pick the correct visa type:
- As a GCC resident, in most cases, you will need to fill in the form 29A GCC Resident Visa valid for 30 days (unless you are looking to apply for a long-term multiple entry visa).
- 30-day Oman tourist visa for GCC residents costs 5 OMR (50 AED).
Dubai to Oman by road: entering Oman with the UAE visit visa (tourist)
As a tourist holding the UAE visit visa you either have to apply for an Oman e-visa or you can get it on arrival if your nationality is eligible. You may also be allowed to travel to Oman visa-free if your nationality falls under the Dubai-Oman Joint Visa countries** list (see below for more info).
Oman e-visa for tourists in the UAE
- If you are traveling to Oman from Dubai by road holding a UAE tourist visa, and fall under G1** countries list, you can get a visa on arrival for 10 days which costs 10 OMR (100 AED). If you intend to stay longer, then you should apply for a 26B visa online valid for 30 days which costs 20 OMR (200 AED).
- Travelers who do not fall under the G1 countries list must either be a spouse or a child of the G1 countries national to be able to apply online for an e-visa (choose 26F visa).
- If a traveler is not from the G1 countries list but they have a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa to one of the following countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia or Japan) they can apply for 26M type of visa (if their country is in the list of allowed nationalities).
- 26F and 26B visas cost 20 OMR (200 AED) and allow 30 days stay in Oman.
In other cases, travellers might have to obtain an Oman visit visa via the Oman embassy in their country of residence. Alternatively can use visa application services on ivisa.
IMPORTANT: Passport holders who do not qualify for a UAE visa on arrival, must have a multiple-entry UAE tourist visa. Single-entry UAE tourist visa holders will not be allowed to enter Musandam.
**G1 countries as per Royal Oman Police. Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican, Ukraine. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela. Other Countries and Regions: Australia, Brunei Dar al-Salam, Canada, French Guiana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Macao, Special Administrative Region of China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, United States, Islamic Republic of Iran, Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Kazakhstan
All passports must be valid for at least 6 months during your visit to Oman.
Dubai/Oman Common visa for tourists in the UAE
21A Dubai/Oman Common visa is a free Oman tourist visa on arrival available for UAE tourist visa holders who fall under a list of Dubai-Oman Joint Visa countries**. The requirement for this visa is that your UAE tourist visa must be valid for at least 21 days before entering Oman. You must also enter Oman through the Hatta-Al Wajajah border.
However, I am not sure how many days you can stay in Oman with the Dubai-Oman Common visa. I would guess that up to 10.
**Dubai-Oman Joint Visa Countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and Vatican City.
IMPORTANT INFO! You may find information online that you may not need a visa to travel to Oman if you are a passport holder of one of the 103 countries and regions that are exempt from entry visas for stays shorter than 14 days. This information is provided by Foreign Ministry of Oman.
I have contacted the Royal Police of Oman to clarify additional information about the above and it turned out that in order to enter visa free for 14 days you must provide valid hotel reservation, valid health insurance, and a return flight ticket. Thus, this type of visa is only applicable if you are traveling to Oman by air as opposed to driving from UAE.
Good to know: If you still have pending questions regarding visa requirements or types, you can always reach out to Royal Oman Police by email at [email protected]. I have communicated with them on several occasions and they are quite responsive.
Oman e-visa processing times
Oman e-visa processing times on average are 24 hours, but can take up to 4 working days. From my experience of applying several times, you can get an Oman visa in a few minutes, hours, or days. Therefore, apply a week before your trip to be on the safe side. It never took me longer than 5 days to receive an Oman e-visa.
What if I do not get my e-visa on time before my trip?
For UAE residents, you could still get a visit visa on the Oman border if your passport is eligible for a visa on arrival. If you are on a tourist visa in the UAE, you can get a regular Oman tourist visa on arrival. You must check beforehand if your passport is eligible for a visa on arrival.
If you want to have all the paperwork done for you, iVisa offers hassle-free Oman visa-issuing services for an additional fee.
- Renting a car and driving in Oman: everything you need to know.
- Check my Epic 7 Day Oman Road Trip Itinerary to get some inspiration and useful tips for planning your own road trip.
- Make sure to check this Dubai to Salalah road trip planner if you are thinking of driving to Salalah.
- To plan your time in the capital of Oman, find out about The best things to do in Muscat: 1-3 days itinerary.
Oman travel regulations: vaccination, PCR test requirements, health insurance
UPDATE: All Covid-19 regulations for entering Oman have been lifted from May 2022. Please refer to Oman Air website to confirm. UAE has also lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions end of 2022.
While pandemic-related regulations have been lifted, it is still strongly advisable to have travel insurance. I always obtain one when traveling. You can get very affordable travel insurance from the Safety Wing. The other insurance provider of my choice is Heymondo. You can get a 5% discount using my link.
FAQ about traveling from Dubai to Oman by road
Are there gas stations on the highway driving from Dubai to Muscat?
A word of warning about the gas stations after entering Oman by car from the Hatta-Al-Wajajah border. Make sure you fill-up the tank immediately at the first petrol station you see in Oman. If you miss that one, there will be another 2 or 3 petrol stations recently opened on the new highway from Dubai to Muscat. Yet don’t drive with an empty tank as the distances in between the petrol stations are over 100 kilometers. Also, bring some snacks and plenty of water. The last time I drove past the highway, petrol stations only had petrol but the food store was still under construction.
Can I buy an Oman SIM card at the border?
You cannot purchase Oman sim card at the border (it used to be available at Hatta-Al-Wajajah border before). That means, you may have to use roaming for navigation or pre-download Google Maps until you reach Muscat, or Nizwa (depends where you are heading to). Oman Sim cards are available at bigger malls and Muscat Airport.
What is driving in Oman like?
Driving in Oman is easy, yet there are a few things you may want to know before driving in Oman. Check out my post about Driving in Oman.
UAE-Oman border crossing for expats 2023
Currently, there are 6 UAE-Oman border crossing open for expats, Hatta-Alwajajah, Mezyad-Hafeet , Al Dhara (Khasab), Dibba checkpoint, Khatam al Shiklah, and Khatmat-Milaha.
How much is Oman visa for UAE residents arriving by road?
UAE residents can enter Oman visa-free if they are traveling to Oman for less than 14 days. Otherwise, visit visa to Oman costs 5 OMR (50 AED) for UAE residents willing to stay up to 30 days in Oman.
Is Oman border open for UAE residents?
Yes, UAE-Oman borders are open for UAE residents except the Hatta-Al Madam which can only be used by GCC nationals.
Do Emiratis need visa to travel to Oman?
Citizens of GCC countries (the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) do not require visas to enter Oman.
Can UAE residents travel to Oman by car?
Yes, UAE residents can travel to Oman by car.
Can I go to Oman from UAE without visa?
Yes, for 14 days you can stay in Oman without visa if you are a UAE resident or a national of the approved list of countries.
How much is the exit fee from Dubai to Oman?
UAE exit fee is 35 AED plus 5% VAT per person.
Can I drive to Oman for visa change?
You can do a visa run through Oman by road. Hatta-Al-Wajajah border is the one people usually use for visa runs.
Do I need a 4WD to go to Oman?
You will need a 4 WD in Oman if you are planning to drive steep narrow roads into the mountains or remote villages, unpaved roads, or deserts. However, roads in Oman are in excellent shape and you can still reach many highlights with a regular car.
Also, note that many rental companies will not allow you to take a 4WD for off-roading (do it at your own risk basically). This kind of defeats the purpose if you are getting 4×4 for off-roading.
However, you would still benefit from 4WD if you only plan to use the paved road to reach Jebel Akhdar or some small mountain villages located deep in the mountains. It is compulsory to drive 4WD if you want to explore this Jebel Akhdar mountain peak. There are checkpoints, and for your own safety, it is not allowed to drive 2WD to Jebel Akhdar.
Can I travel from Dubai to Oman by bus?
There is a bus from Dubai to Muscat operated by ‘Al Khanjry Transport‘. The one-way ticket costs 100 AED and the journey takes around 7-8 hours including border crossing.
Is there a train from Dubai to Oman?
Currently, there is no rain from Dubai to Oman. However, Etihad Rail has signed an agreement with Arsenale, and is building a luxury rail service running from Abu Dhabi through Liwa desert to the Omani border. Interestingly, there will be 15 luxury coaches that are currently being produced in Puglia and Sicily, Italy.
UAE – Oman Border Map
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More Oman travel guides
- Plan your Oman visit with my 1-week Oman road trip itinerary.
- Starting your Oman journey in Oman’s capital Muscat? Here are The best things to do in Muscat: itinerary for 1-3 days.
- Renting a car and driving in Oman: everything you need to know.
- Driving to Salalah? Make sure to also read my Dubai to Salalah road trip planner.
- Plan your Salalah route with my Ultimate Salalah Itinerary: the best things to do in Dhofar region, Oman.
- Plan a perfect Musandam from Dubai road trip with my detailed Musandam Travel Guide.
- Plan your visit to Wadi Shab-one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Oman.