Oman Travel Tips Health
1: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required
from travellers arriving within six days from infected areas.
2: Typhoid may occur in rural areas.
3: A limited malaria risk, predominantly in the malignant
falciparum form, exists throughout the year in the whole country except
at altitudes above 2000m and in desert areas. Chloroquine resistance has
Food & drink: All water outside the capital area should
be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking,
brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise
sterilised. Bottled water is available and is advised throughout Oman.
Food bought in the main supermarkets can be regarded as safe. Outside
the capital area, milk may be unpasteurised and if so, should be boiled.
Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised, but make sure that
it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products which are likely
to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish,
preferably served hot. Salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk.
Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Other risks: Hepatitis
A and B occur.
Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival
should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
For more information, consult the Health appendix.
Health care: Oman has
an extensive public health service (free to Omani nationals), with approximately
46 hospitals, 86 health centres and 65 preventative health centres. However,
costs are high for foreigners and health insurance is essential.
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