You’re subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

Omani law applies to you even if you’re transiting and don’t leave the airport.

You may be detained and fined if you drink alcohol in public.

If you come to the attention of the local authorities, they may require you to take a blood test, particularly if they suspect you have used drugs or alcohol. If you refuse, you could be arrested for your failure to comply.

Behaviour that may be considered offensive or antisocial, but not criminal, in Australia could break Omani law. See ‘Other laws’ below.

If you’re arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can’t get you out of trouble or out of jail.

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The Embassy of Australia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is accredited to Oman. The Embassy in Riyadh doesn’t have direct access to Omani Government institutions such as police stations, jails and hospitals. The Australian Government must formally seek access via the Omani Embassy in Riyadh. This can cause delays if you need consular help.

Drugs

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Possessing even a small amount of drugs can result in lengthy jail terms and heavy fines. These laws also apply if you’re transiting through Oman. 

Police may detain you if you are accompanied by a person who is involved in drug cases, including trafficking, possessing or using drugs. You may remain in detention until investigations are concluded for all parties.

If you come to the attention of the local authorities, they may require you to take a blood test, particularly if they suspect you have used drugs or alcohol. If you refuse, you could be arrested for your failure to comply.

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Other laws

If you’re involved in legal matters, get professional legal advice. This especially includes family law regarding divorce, child custody and child support. 

Know your rights and responsibilities.

Authorities may not let you leave Oman if you:

  • are involved in business or labour disputes
  • have unpaid debts
  • have legal proceedings underway

Serious offences, such as murder, may attract the death penalty.

The following activities are illegal:

  • same-sex sexual acts or having sex outside marriage
  • using aggressive, obscene or abusive language or gestures in public, including on social media
  • insulting Oman, Islam, the royal family, the local government and its policies or local officials
  • taking photos near, or at, government buildings or other sensitive infrastructure, including oilfields
  • possessing pornographic material
  • wearing military or similar clothing and accessories
  • using or importing e-cigarettes or vape products

Always ask people for permission if you want to take their photo. 

LGBTQIA+ information

Same-sex relationships are illegal and may lead to severe punishment, including prison and fines.

Cross-dressing is also illegal.

If you’re transgender or intersex, or your gender on your passport doesn’t match your appearance, you may:

  • be questioned at immigration
  • be denied entry into Oman

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