Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, you are advised to remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

Most visits to Oman are trouble-free.

You should maintain a high level of security awareness and take care in public places and on the roads. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

We are aware that the Oman border authorities have been advising individuals of a change in their requirements for travellers wishing to cross the border into Yemen (against The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice).However, the FCO advise against all travel to Yemen. If you’re planning to travel via Oman to Yemen against FCO advice, you should check requirements with your nearest Oman Embassy before finalising any travel plans.

Reports have been received that some travellers are being redirected to other border crossing points when trying to use the Hatta crossing to cross the UAE/Oman border. If you’re planning to travel by road across the UAE/Oman border, you may wish to consider taking an alternative route and allow extra time for your journey.

Terrorist attacks in Oman can’t be ruled out.

Piracy remains a threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.