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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Muscat (Oman), Travel to the Dhofar Region

Near East > Oman > Muscat

The United States Embassy wants to alert U.S. citizens that it has deferred all non-essential travel for U.S. Embassy employees to the Dhofar region in Oman due to threat reporting. This limitation on travel  is  effective immediately, and will remain in place until January 1, 2014, unless more threat information develops at which time a new Consular message will be transmitted. U.S. Embassy personnel based in the Dhofar area have been reminded to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid large crowds, to vary their routes and times when traveling or commuting, and to continually assess their personal security habits.

All U.S. citizens in Oman are reminded to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid large crowds, to vary their routes and times when traveling or commuting, and to continually assess their personal security habits.  Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Royal Oman Police by dialing 9999 from anywhere in Oman.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Muscat is located on Jameat A’Duwal Al Arabiya Street in the diplomatic area of Shatti al Qurum in the capital city of Muscat.  The telephone number is [968] 24-643-400 and the fax number is [968] 24-643-53. 

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. 

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App available through iTunes and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on 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).