Getting Started

Getting Started in Oman

Our mission at the U.S. Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy is to foster the economic relationship between the U.S. and Oman. We are dedicated to supporting U.S. companies seeking to export to, or invest in the Sultanate of Oman.

Country Commercial Guide

Our Country Commercial Guide (CCG) (951 KB) is your starting point to accessing the Omani Market. The CCG presents a comprehensive look at Oman’s commercial environment using economic, political, and market analysis. The Country Commercial Guide includes chapters on selling U.S. products and services, leading sectors for U.S. exports and investments, and trade regulations and standards.

The guide also features advice on investment climate, trade and project financing, business travel, contacts, market research, and trade events. CCGs were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community. CCGs are prepared annually at U.S. embassies through the combined efforts of several U.S. government agencies.

The Oman American Business Center

The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is here to support you in establishing economic ties to Oman. Their mission is to foster the development of economic activity between the United States of America and the Sultanate of Oman. You can reach the OABC at https://oabc.org/ 

U.S. Commercial Service Assistance for U.S. Companies

For U.S. firms interested in exporting to Oman, we offer business counseling, export promotion services, and a wealth of information on opportunities and companies in the Omani market.

Read the sections below for information on particular services we provide to U.S. companies seeking to do business with Oman. You can also always email us at muscatcommercial@state.gov for any specific questions or concerns.

The International Company Profile is one of our fee-based services providing a comprehensive background check on Omani companies, reporting on its owners, sales, business activities, and its suitability as a business partner for U.S. companies. We use trade and bank references (when available) when issuing an opinion and making recommendations. We typically deliver this report within thirty working days from the date of payment.

Costs and Fees:

  • $700 USD: Small Business*
  • $1,200 USD: Medium Business*
  • $2,000 USD: Large Business*

*Note: Small Business as per SBA’s size standards. Medium Business, Less than $1B in revenue. Large Business, More than $1B in revenue

*Note: A Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) is defined as a firm with five hundred or fewer employees or self-certified as a small business under U.S. Small Business Administration regulations. A large company is defined as a firm with more than five hundred employees. Subsidiaries will be classified based on the size of the parent company.

International Partner Search is offered to U.S. companies interested in identifying prospective agents/distributors for their products in Oman. We will work with you to understand what you would like to accomplish in terms of business, and would then call upon our contacts to try to find good prospective matches for you to consider as partners. This is a popular service with U.S. companies wanting to test this market for the level of interest for their products/services. Turn-around time is usually thirty work days from the date of payment.

Costs and Fees:

  • $750 USD: Small Business*
  • $1,400 USD: Medium Business*
  • $2,800 USD: Large Business*

*Note: Small Business as per SBA’s size standards. Medium Business, Less than $1B in revenue. Large Business, More than $1B in revenue

This service provides representatives of U.S. firms who plan to visit Oman pre-screened and pre-qualified potential contacts such as agents, distributors, sales representatives, or strategic business partners. The Gold Key Service (GKS) is typically focused on potential clients, though in the case of Oman, these are often government-based.  Lead time for GKS is typically six weeks (after company profile/brochures are received) and includes hotel and transportation logistics for the visit. Costs for the stay would have to be borne by the U.S. firms.

Cost and Fees:

    • $950 + $350 per day for more than 5 meetings: Small Business*
    • $2,300 + $1,00 per day for more than 5 meetings: Medium Business*
    • $3,400 + $1,200 per day for more than 5 meetings: Large Business*

    *Note: Small Business as per SBA’s size standards. Medium Business, Less than $1B in revenue. Large Business, More than $1B in revenue

This service provides a contact list of companies operating in the field. This will not be a vetted list of partners. Turnaround time is two weeks from the date of payment.

Costs and Fees:

$250 USD: Flat fee for all companies. The report is delivered a full two weeks from the date of payment.

The Single Company Promotion (SCP) is designed to introduce new-to-market U.S. companies to the Omani market and to raise the profile of U.S. products and services in Oman. We will work with U.S. companies and/or their authorized Omani representatives to develop professional, effective promotional events or other strategic activities, such as technical seminars and product/service launch events, designed to connect the U.S. company with targeted Omani audience.

Fees and delivery times are determined by a Scope of Work designed to meet the U.S. company’s specific objectives, and may vary depending on local conditions and the availability of physical facilities and staff resources. We require a minimum of 8 weeks to plan a SCP. For more specific details about our fees for Single Company Promotion, please contact us at muscatcommercial@state.gov.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advocacy Center helps to ensure that sales of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance when competing abroad. In short, we are your advocates. In pursuing foreign business opportunities, we encourage you and your company to contact us early and often.

To request an advocacy service, please complete and return the Advocacy Questionnaire to:

  • The Advocacy Center
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
    Room 3814-A
    Washington, DC 20230

You can also reach them via the following:

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Oman. Please review our 2016 Investment Climate Statement, which provides an overview of Oman’s investment regime.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Oman, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Oman, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy. If you are active in Oman, let us know by sending us an e-mail to muscatcommercial@state.gov.
  • Add us to your mailing lists; we are always happy to stay informed.
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues you might be facing. You can reach us at muscatcommercial@state.gov.

Working in Oman

In this section you will find valuable information on how to ensure you have all the appropriate documentation to visit Oman, or to do business and engage in commercial activities in the Sultanate.

Tourist Visa

See the government of Oman’s website for visa information.

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport valid for at least six months
  • Visa

Penalties for expired passports or visas include fines and/or imprisonment.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for tourist visas in advance via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa website.

Tourist visas are also available upon arrival at airports and land crossings. Tourist visas are not issued at Mazoonah and Sarfait (Oman-Yemen land borders).

The current list of visa types and a schedule of fees are available at the Royal Oman Police website. Have proof of adequate funds and an onward/return ticket.

For more details, you can visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Oman.html

Business Activities on a Visa

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Muscat does not arrange visas for visiting businesspersons.

Other categories of short-term visit/business/work contract visas are available, but these must be arranged in advance through an Omani sponsor.

The Investor Visa

Self-sponsorship through an Investors Visa is available for a minimum RO 250,000 (US$650,000) capital investment, and provides for two years of residency.

Pursuant to a free trade agreement (FTA) concluded between the US and Oman, US persons may form an entity in Oman without a local partner, provided that all the shareholders are US persons. The minimum share capital for LLCs with local or GCC ownership, or for those qualifying under the US FTA is OMR 20,000 ($52,000).

Losing Your Visa

The loss or theft of a passport can result in considerable delay to the traveler because Omani law requires the traveler to report the loss or theft to the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and to try to recover the passport by placing an advertisement in local newspapers.

For further information on obtaining a visa to visit Oman, visit the Royal Oman Police website, or contact the Embassy of Oman in Washington D.C. at (202) 387-1980 for the most current business-visa information.