Country Guide: Oman

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Updated: November 22, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / telex release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory
  • Oman residence visa stamp (on the passport)

 

Specific Information

  • Do not include alcohol in the shipment.
  • Used household goods are duty-free if owned for a minimum of 6 months; Customs allows multiple entries regardless of air, sea road shipments. 
  • The approximate time frames for Customs clearance are as follows:
    • Sea; full container loads (FCL)              5 – 7 business days
    • Sea; less-than-container loads (LCL)     7 – 9 business days
    • Air shipments                                       2 – 3 business days
  • The approximate time frames for customs clearance during Ramadan are as follows:
    • Sea; full container loads  (FCL)             8 – 9 business days
    • Sea; less than container loads  (LCL)    9 – 10 business days
    • Air shipments                                       3 – 4 working days
  • All wood crates must be heat treated with clear visible ISPM marking.
  • Oman has now introduced an e-service called Bayan.
    • All owners of the goods need to register their names in Customs and get a unique ID that will be used by the clearance company to college DO and clear the effects.
    • Destination agents can provide elaborate details. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original bill of lading
  • Statistical report, if applicable
  • Proof of Insurance

 

Specific Information

  • While importing a new or used motor vehicle, motorcycle, trailer, the owner of the goods must ensure the vehicle meets local standards, be left-hand drive, and not older than 7 years.
  • All vehicles are subject to a minimum 5%.
  • The owner of the goods’ agent must apply for permission from Ministry of Commerce for the import of the vehicle; once obtained, the owner of the goods must to obtain insurance at least 24 hours prior to vehicle arrival in Muscat.
    • These documents along with an authorization letter and a no objection certificate (NOC) from the employer must be filed with Customs.
  • Once clearance is complete, Customs will issue a green form the owner of the goods will need to submit it with the Royal Oman Police for the registration of the vehicle.
  • The writer’s office will not be involved with the vehicle’s registration process.
  • For imports from a GCC country, vehicles are allowed duty-free entry if the vehicle is registered in the country of origin and is not older than 2 years prior to import.
    • A statistical report from Customs from the country of origin must show that duty has been paid on a previous shipment.
    • The original statistical report must be filed with Customs in Oman.
  • Permission is not required by the Ministry of Commerce for vehicle imports from GCC countries. 

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Animal Health

 

Specific Information

  • The import permit forms may be obtained from the Ministry through a local sponsor and must be submitted with a copy of the pet's rabies vaccination record and health certificate.
  • Vaccination against rabies is required no less than one month and no more than six months before the travel date.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • DVDs, videos and CDs are subject to release after censorship clearance from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture; it takes approximately 3-4 weeks for the release and additional charges may apply. 

Prohibited Items

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Swords or spears
  • Animal hides, skins, and ivory products
  • Drugs (medicine or prescription drugs are allowed in reasonable quantities and are subject to inspection / analysis)
  • Political or religious literature or statues that might be deemed offensive to the Omani government or the Islamic faith
  • Pornographic books, magazines, and films
  • Products of Israeli origin or items on the Israeli blacklist
  • Nude pictures or paintings
  • Walkie-talkie systems / remote or cordless telephones
  • Airplanes and helicopters

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/oman.html

http://oman.usembassy.gov

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.