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Warden Message: Muscat (Oman), Ongoing Demonstrations

Near East > Oman

U.S. Embassy Muscat released the following Warden Message on February 2, 2011:

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of ongoing demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and protests throughout the Sultanate of Oman, including a third Green March scheduled on March 4 in Muscat following Friday prayers (location unknown, but previous Green Marches took place in the Ministries District), and on-going sit-ins in front of the Majlis Al Shurah in Muscat (near the Golden Tulip Hotel and opposite Muscat International Airport in Seeb) and the governor’s residence in Salalah.  The Embassy has also received unconfirmed reports of vehicles with Omani license plates being vandalized near the border crossings in the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. Embassy also advises U.S. citizens to limit non-essential travel in Sohar, where tensions remain high despite roads reopening, and urges U.S. citizens throughout the Sultanate to review their personal plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times.  Travelers should avoid areas of planned demonstrations when known and be aware that spontaneous demonstrations can occur anywhere on short notice.  If caught unexpectedly near a demonstration, obey instructions from police and leave the area as quickly as possible.  U.S. citizens should stay current on local events. 

Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations take place in Oman from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.  

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, as well as the Country Specific Information for Oman can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Oman are encouraged to enroll in the Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.  For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".

Registration with Embassies/Consulates is available at www.travel.state.gov under “International Travel for U.S. Citizens.” U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. The Embassy’s phone number is (968) 2464-3400. This new phone number is also for after-hours emergencies.

U.S. citizens wishing to contact the Consular Section may do so via email at ConsularMuscat@state.gov or fax at (968) 2464-3535.  American Citizens Services are available by appointment from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday and between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  When visiting the embassy, please bring two forms of government-issued identification with photographs, as you will need to leave one with the security guards while inside the building.

The U.S. Embassy is located on Jameat A'Duwal Al Arabiya Street in the diplomatic area of Shatti al Qurum in the capital city of Muscat.  The Embassy is closed on Omani and American holidays.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, as well as the Worldwide Caution, can be found.