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Preparing for Your Trip to Oman

 

Before visiting Oman, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)

 

To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it.

Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

 

If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations. Long-term travelers, such as those who plan to work or study abroad, may also need additional vaccinations as required by their employer or school.

Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Oman, the government requires travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Oman, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

 

Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get.

 

Health in Oman

 

There are no serious health risks in Oman. All the main cities in the country are equipped with modern hospitals and well-stocked pharmacies. Tap water is safe to drink, while even the country’s cheapest cafés maintain good standards of food hygiene. One possible health concern is the heat. Summer temperatures regularly climb into the forty-degree Celsius range, making sunburn, heatstroke and acute dehydration a real possibility, especially if combined with excessive alcohol consumption. Stay in the shade, and drink lots of water.

 

Malaria

 

Drugs to Prevent Malaria (Antimalarial drugs)

Malaria risk area in Oman: Limited risk in remote areas of Musandam Province. Risk is very limited; therefore, prophylaxis is not recommended.

Because the risk of malaria in Oman is so limited, taking an antimalarial drug is not recommended. However, travelers should protect themselves from mosquito bites .

Items to Bring With You

 

Medicines you may need:

 

 

  • The prescription medicines you take every day. Make sure you have enough to last during your trip. Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to follow security guidelines, if the medicines are liquids.
  • Antimalarial drugs, if traveling to a malaria-risk area in Oman and prescribed by your doctor.
  • Medicine for diarrhea, usually over-the-counter

 

Be Careful about Food and Water

Diseases from food and water are the leading cause of illness in travelers. Follow these tips for safe eating and drinking:

 

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles.  Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.  If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.
  • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Make sure food is fully cooked.
  • Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

 

Sun

 

With the fabulous weather in Oman it lends itself to the outdoors and therefore spending a lot of time in the sun.

 

  • While outside, wear light-colour, lightweight, and heat reflecting clothing, which covers as much as possible. Cotton and linen are good choices. Wear a cap hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that have side shields and block 92-97% of visible light.
  • Wear sunscreen every day to prevent skin damage. Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+, and re-apply regularly.

 

 

 

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