What You Need to Know Before Moving to Oman

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Sarah Peddie

Planning to move and work abroad can be a tricky business. There are many things that you need to sort out before arriving at your dream destination. 

But, no need to worry as we have put together some helpful information you need to know before you make your move to another country and start your new career overseas.

Article 7 - What You Need to Know Before Moving to Oman 

1 - Visa and Medical License

Visa

To get permission to work in Oman, you must go through the visa sponsorship system. To qualify for this you must be a foreign national between the ages of 21-60 and have a job offer from a company in Oman. Your future employer then becomes your visa sponsor. 

Your employer will then need to request a labour clearance from the Ministry of Manpower. The HR department will let you know which documents they require for this part of the application process.

In addition to the labour clearance, you will also require other paperwork for the employment visa application:

A valid passport
Several passport sized photographs
Health certificate from an approved foreign clinic and attested by the Ministry of Health

The National ID Card

Once you have arrived in Oman, expats are required to have a national ID card.

You have to apply for this in person at the Directorate General of Civil States of the Royal Omani Police. You will need your passport, a medical certificate, a completed application form, work permit, labour clearance and a letter from your employer. 

Medical Licensing

The Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) oversee the certification. Qualified foreign healthcare professionals must undergo the Prometric exam and get documents verified from DataFlow. 

2 - Education

Expat children could face a big culture shock when it comes to going to study and learn in Omani schools. There may be a language barrier for children who don’t speak the native language of Arabic.

Luckily for expats, there are many private international schools in Oman and especially in Muscat. A few of these schools offer support for non-native speakers. However, these schools have very high tuition fees so make sure they are within your budget.

3 - Healthcare 

All Omani citizens have access to universal healthcare. The same cannot be said for expats. Foreign residents only benefit from Oman’s public healthcare system in the form of subsidised rather than free care.

All emergency rooms in public hospitals admit medical emergencies regardless of someone’s nationality. Any non-urgent treatment has to be paid for immediately and by cash as well.

Having a private health insurance plan is absolutely essential for expats.

4 - Climate 

When moving to Oman, you should prepare yourself for an extreme climate. On the coastal plain, the temperatures can range from 22 to 25ºC in winter and reach 40°C in the summer months between June and September. The heat is a lot more humid along the coast than it is dry.

Temperatures van drastically differ between night and day due to the desert climate. It gets worse the further inland you go. 

Whilst most of Oman has a desert climate, the south of the country is very tropical and is influenced by the monsoon. Due to the heavy downpours, the south is very green and beautiful which attracts a lot of tourists. 

5 - Accommodation

Employers in Oman often provide their expat employees with accommodation or they include a housing allowance as part of their employment package. However, if you do not get help from your employer then there are many online property portals to choose from. You can also go to a local real estate agent for a better understanding of the Oman property market. 

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