Discover America 2017 highlights

The U.S. Embassy proudly supported “Discover America” promotions from October 29 to November 12, 2017. The annual “Discover America” campaign aims to promote U.S. products and trade with Oman. On October 29, Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie Hallett inaugurated the two-week campaign at an “American Food Night” reception at Oman Avenues Mall sponsored by the ...
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EduTraC Oman 2017

Visit us at EduTraC 2017! Are you interested in studying in the United States? Come speak with representatives from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. colleges and universities during EduTraC Oman. The annual higher education, training, and career expo is taking place October 29-31 from 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 20:00 at the Oman Convention ...
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Warning – Be advised of unauthorized entities using U.S. Embassy Muscat’s name and logo in a solicitation scam

WARNING  – The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of a potential scam involving individuals purporting to represent the Embassy by soliciting purchase orders for solar generators.  This appears to be an attempt to target businesses for payments of false contracts.  If your business receives a tender request from a  “Michelle Collins, Embassy of the United States” or from ...
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PRESS RELEASE: Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the United States

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA // MUSCAT, OMAN Original PDF Press Release (305 KB) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the United States The U.S. Embassy in Muscat stands ready to assist visitors applying for visas to the United States. All visitors who are not U.S. citizens or green card holders ...
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Want to Study in the United States?

It is April, and that means the Global Higher Education Exhibition (GHEDEX) is underway here in Muscat. This year, more U.S. Universities than ever before (24) have gathered at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center to encourage young people to study in the United States. We want you to come meet them. And remember, it’s never ...
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Ambassador Sievers Outlines Business Opportunities in Oman

National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) Press Release on NUSACC Expert Roundtable Series U.S.-Oman Ties Remain as Strong as Ever Ambassador Sievers Washington, DC – This week, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) hosted the Honorable Marc Sievers, U.S. Ambassador to Oman, as part of NUSACC’s Expert Roundtable Series. He was joined by Her Excellency Hunaina Al-Mughairy, Oman’s Ambassador to the ...
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Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States Release Date: March 21, 2017 Office of Public Affairs Contact: 202-282-8010 Overview: Change to international travel carry-on items Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland ...
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Happy International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, U.S. Embassy Muscat pledges its commitment to supporting women’s leadership, equality & economic empowerment. Members of our community also wrote down their individual pledges for gender parity, and we will post a photo featuring their statements every day for the rest of Women’s History Month.
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Press Release: SelectUSA Investment Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2017 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit — Call for Applications The 2017 SelectUSA Summit will take place June 18-20, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, in the Washington, D.C. area. Participants are expected to pay for all costs. The two-and-a-half day program will include plenary ...
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Ambassador Meets with H.H. Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said

Ambassador Sievers was pleased to meet with His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Oman’s Council of Ministers. The Ambassador and His Highness discussed the close bilateral relationship between the United States and the Sultanate of Oman, and their continued cooperation on a number of regional challenges.
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Press Release: Omanis Still Need Visa

Original Press Release PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2017 Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the U.S. The U.S. Embassy is aware of misinformation circulating on social media, claiming that President Trump signed an executive order that Omanis can visit the U.S. without a visa.  This information is false; Omanis still need a visa to travel ...
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U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement Survey

Your opinion matters! If you have any experience with business in Oman and are interested in helping expand Oman’s international trade, we need your feedback. Please take this brief survey (only ten questions, in English or Arabic) and help all take advantage of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement. We look forward to hearing from you. ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

From Share America Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ...
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Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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Helping Oman Serve Children with Autism

Laying a Foundation From January 8 – 12, physicians and experts from the National Autism Center at the May Institute in Boston visited Oman. The visit from Dr. Ralph Sperry, and his colleagues Dr. Cynthia Anderson, and Dr. Ryan Martin, was a follow up to Dr. Sperry’s initial visit in October of 2016 . The National Autism Center is assisting Oman ...
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Ambassador Attends Camel Beauty Contest

On January 7, 2017, the Third Annual Camel Beauty Contest in Hamrah Al Durou’ (near Ibri), in Al Dhariah, held its closing awards ceremony. U.S. Ambassador attended the event, it being his first ever Camel Beauty Contest in Oman. The Ambassador joined the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Said Al ...
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Press Release: Omanis Still Need Visa

Original Press Release PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the U.S. The U.S. Embassy is aware of misinformation circulating on social media, claiming that Oman is included in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This information is false; Oman does not currently participate in the VWP. For information on the 38 ...
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New International Religious Freedom Report

Want to know about the state of Religious Freedom around the globe? The State Department has just published the International Religious Freedom Report for 2015 . The Report begins its discussion of Religious Freedom around the world with a powerful story: Executive Summary from the Religious Freedom Report: March 19 began as an ordinary day for 27-year old Farkhunda Malikzada. Farkhunda lived in ...
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Education USA Advising Now at U.S. Embassy

As of Sunday, August 7, 2016, all Education USA (EdUSA) advising services in Oman have moved to the U.S. Embassy in Muscat! We will be providing individual advising (by appointment only), scheduled group advising sessions, and pre-departure orientations. We want to help you get your education in the United States. Make Your Education USA Appointment Today Scheduling is easy! You ...
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Kerry Announces TIP Report

“If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates National Day at Grand Hyatt

The U.S. Embassy celebrated its 240th year of independence on the evening of May 30 at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate, Marc J. Sievers, welcomed guests to the festivities—including Omani dignitaries from government and private sectors. He passed along his best wishes for the health and prosperity for His Majesty Sultan ...
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Social Media Expertise in the Sultanate

Social Media is everywhere. Like never before, businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists live and die by their ability to navigate this form of communication. Whether in small-town America, or the bustling streets of Muscat, successful business and cultural leaders are learning how to use youtube, facebook, instagram, snapchat, and many other new forms of communication to connect ...
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The Power of Poetry

Visiting American poet Glenis Redmond inspired the audience at the Lounge with her performance and personality. The U.S. Embassy Muscat hosted Ms. Redmond on a visit to Muscat in February of 2016, in commemoration of black history month. Glenis Redmond led writing workshops and gave poetry readings at various public and private locations. Poetry of Inclusion and Inspiration Glenis ...
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U.S. and Oman Sign Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement

On January 22, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah signed a U.S.-Oman Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in Davos, Switzerland. In the new Agreement, the United States and Oman announce their intention to strengthen and broaden the scientific and technological capabilities ...
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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we can remember the women of the past. We can celebrate the women of today. And we can lay the foundation for the women of tomorrow. But most importantly, we can pledge to make a change, knowing that our world can reach its full potential only when women and girls are ...
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World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day! This year’s theme is “Water and Jobs.” Water is essential for communities to thrive and nearly all jobs depend on water. Whether it’s tourism, Industry, manufacturing or services, nothing functions without adequate clean water. Read about how water is vital in many different jobs around the world and see ...
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The United States of America and the Sultanate of Oman: More than Two Centuries of Friendship

The friendship between the United States and Oman dates back over two hundred years when the American ship the Boston Rambler sailed to the port of Muscat in 1790. The two countries signed the “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” in 183—the first bilateral accord between the U.S. and an Arab Gulf state.In 1840, the Sultan’s ...
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President’s Message for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman on the occasion of 45th National Day

Your Majesty: On behalf of the United States of America, I send warm greetings and congratulations as the Sultanate of Oman celebrates its 45th National Day November 18. This anniversary marks a milestone in the Sultanate’s continued path towards prosperity and stability, achieved through your guidance, wisdom, and steady hand.  I look forward to continuing ...
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U.S. Celebrates 35 Years of Hydrographic Cooperation with Oman

By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Manama, Bahrain (November 9, 2015) – A reception recognizing 35 years of cooperation in hydrographic surveying took place aboard the Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T AGS 64) in Muscat, Oman, on Nov. 9. Hosted by U.S. Ambassador Greta C. Holtz and U.S. Oceanographer ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Chapala

Based on information from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and local media, U.S. Embassy Muscat advises U.S. citizens that Tropical Cyclone Chapala is heading towards Oman. Landfall in Oman is expected on or about Saturday, October 31 in the southern Dhofar and al Wusta governorates. We advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling through Oman to be vigilant, monitor ...
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Delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The U.S. Embassy congratulates Boeing and Oman Air on the delivery of the first of six Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Oman. As American-made aircraft, the Boeing Dreamliners are able to enter Oman tariff free, due to the Oman-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Oman Air’s award-winning service, coupled with Boeing’s super-efficient products, provide customers with an unparalleled ...
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USA Participation in EduTraC

Seeking to contribute to Oman’s impressive higher education initiatives, EducationUSA is pleased to continue its tradition of supporting EduTraC this year and looks forward to joining the Omani government and EduTraC organizers in welcoming 16 U.S. colleges and universities to the exhibition. “We are delighted that so many Omani students are selecting America as their ...
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FTA Awareness Seminar

On September 9, the United States Embassy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and ROP Customs delivered a U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Awareness Seminar. The program was held in the OCCI’s Salalah office. Over 50 government and private sector ...
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Update: Global Technical Issues with Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s visa systems are now back online. All applicants can now schedule appointments and attend current appointments as normal. We have printed all approved applications. Visa applicants with passports at the Embassy and collection dates of June 9-28, 2015 may collect their passports from 8 am to 1 pm Sunday through Thursday ...
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Update: Global Technical Issues with Passport and Visa Systems

Consular Systems Technical Issues The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to address technical problems with our visa systems.  Some visa applicants will experience delays in receiving visas.  Others will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointments.  Passports are still being processed. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category; this is ...
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Global Technical Issues with Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens – Cyclone Ashobaa

Based on information from the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii , U.S. Embassy Muscat advises U.S. citizens that Cyclone Ashobaa is heading towards Oman.  Landfall in Oman is on or about Thursday, June 11, 2015, about 4:00 p.m. local time, and the storm is expected to come closest to Muscat on Friday, June 12. We advise U.S. citizens residing in ...
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The Holy Month of Ramadan 2015

The Islamic month of Ramadan is expected to begin this year on or about Friday, June 19, 2015. Ramadan is a month of fasting and spiritual discipline for Muslims all over the world.  It is a time of personal purification and renewal.  Muslims are required to abstain totally from food, drink, tobacco, and sensual pleasures ...
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Statement by the President on Murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated. No one in the United States ...
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Government of Oman Provides Critical Assistance to Safe Departure of U.S. Embassy Sana’a Personnel

Muscat – The White House and the United States Department of State expressed gratitude and admiration to the Government of Oman yesterday for its role in securing the temporary relocation of American diplomats departing the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Omani government ensured a ...
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Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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