Summary

Tropical Storm Mekunu, currently developing in the Arabian Sea, is forecast to reach tropical cyclone strength and make landfall in southern Oman from the evening of Friday 25 May. Increased rainfall and winds, with possible flooding and mudslides, are expected during the landfall. You should monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. In addition to local weather reports, you can also find the latest information on the storm’s progress on the Tropical Storm Risk website.

We are aware that the Oman border authorities have recently been advising individuals of a change in their requirements for travellers wishing to cross the border into Yemen (against FCO advice), including requests for a letter from the British Embassy in Muscat. We are not currently providing such a letter and have sought clarification from the Omani authorities. We understand that, at present, there is no requirement for any letters for British nationals to enter or exit Yemen through Oman. 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.

The British Embassy has received reports 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. For more information, contact Immigration directly on (Oman) +968 26849924.

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.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Oman. See Terrorism

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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel .