Already getting excited for your trip to Oman? Vast landscapes, beautiful desert roads, endless Wadi’s, amazing hiking trails and a stunning coastline is waiting for you. Don’t forget to stay connected, it makes traveling to Oman much easier. This is your complete guide for buying a sim card for Oman on arrival at Muscat Airport.
Find in this blog where to go, the prices, my recommendation and even a vlog so you have an idea what it looks like when you arrive at Muscat International Airport. You can also find a guide for buying a prepaid sim card in Oman in case you are not arriving on Muscat Airport.
For me Oman was listed as country no. 121 on my journey to visit every country in the world. Everywhere I go I created YouTube videos and write detailed articles about buying a local prepaid sim card: Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Italy, Milan, Spain, Madrid, USA, Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many more.
Why buying a sim card for Oman
First of all because it is the best way to save on high roaming costs. Overseas data plans are very expensive compared to local prepaid sim cards. Also most overseas data plans limit your data speed, that is why Traveltomtom recommends getting a local prepaid sim card in Oman.
This way you will get the fastest data speed and many GB data allowance for much less dollars.
Traveling with a working data connection on your phone is simply much more convenient. Think about ordering a taxi through an app (there is no Uber or Careem in Oman, but OTaxi works just fine), getting directions from Google Maps, emergencies, etc. Especially since Oman is so vast and road trips are a popular way to travel around the country it is very much recommend to not just rely on WiFi.
Also keep in mind that public WiFi is an unsecured connection, the use of a VPN in these cases is recommended.
The downside of a local prepaid sim card is that you will have to swap sim cards, which is not preferable for some people, but there are 2 solutions for this problem: get yourself an e-sim card for Oman or a portable WiFi device.
Traveltomtom is not the biggest fan of pocket WiFi devices, read a complete review of a portable travel WiFi device in the link.
Traveltomtom recommends using an Omantel sim card for your trip to Oman. They have the most extensive 4G/5G network in Oman and one of the best prepaid sim card deals. For $13 you get 8 GB data for 1 week.
We do NOT recommend international sim cards for traveling to multiple countries. These global sim cards with worldwide coverage are incredibly expensive. How I know? Check the link above and find a comparison and review of all the international sim cards.
Buying a sim card for Oman online
If you want to arrange a sim card for Oman before your trip you can check out the following. On the Simoptions website you can directly order one of the below sim cards for your trip to Oman:
- $19.90 USD = 6 GB for 10 days
- $49.90 USD = 5 GB for 14 days
These international sim cards work in Oman and are automatically activated from its first use and will be send to your home address. You just put them in your phone and it works instantly. For more info click on the link above.
E- sim card for Oman
A new and very easy way to stay connected are e-sim cards. You will receive a code and instructions on how to enter it on your mobile and you are connected just like a physical sim card. You can order one of the following Oman e-sim cards directly from the Airalo website:
- $9 USD = 1 GB data for 7 days
- $18 USD = 3 GB data for 30 days
- $27 USD = 5 GB data for 30 days
For more info click on the link above.
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Sim card stores at Muscat Airport
It is a pretty small but modern international airport and very easy to navigate. There is only one terminal and arrival hall where international visitors arrive. As of January 2022 there are 3 mobile phone stores in the arrival hall that are impossible to miss: Ooredoo, Renna Mobile and Omantel.
All these stores sell prepaid sim cards for Oman for visitors. There is now also Vodafone in Oman as per January 2022. However, they are completely new and operate on their own network. Therefore we would NOT recommend it yet as the network is just launched and very limited. There is also no Vodafone store at Muscat International Airport yet.
All the sim card stores at the airport are open 24 hours and you can pay with international credit cards so there is no need to get Oman Rials before buying a sim card. A copy of your passport is mandatory for registering a new Oman prepaid sim card.
Prices Oman sim cards Muscat Airport
This is a so called MVNO, which means that Renna Mobile operates on the network of Omantel. I asked the friendly guy why he would recommend Renna Mobile over Omantel and he mentioned that the Oman sim card deals for smaller packages are cheaper. All packages are valid for 30 days, see the photo above.
- 2 OMR = 1 GB data + 25 minutes - $5.2
- 3 OMR = 3 GB data - $7.8
- 9 OMR = 8 GB data + 25 minutes - $23.4
- 16 OMR = 22 GB data + 350 minutes - $41.6
Renna Mobile does NOT offer an Oman e-sim card, only physical sim cards.
Originally a Qatar company but the second biggest mobile internet operator in Oman. They offer a wide range of prepaid sim card deals at Muscat Airport:
- 2.00 OMR = 1 GB data + 500 MB social media + 50 minutes valid for 1 week - $5.2
- 5.25 OMR = 4 GB data + 50 minutes + 50 sms valid for 10 days - $13.7
- 10.5 OMR = 10 GB data + 50 minutes + 50 sms valid for 15 days - $27.3
- 5.00 OMR = 7 GB data + 1 GB social media + 50 minutes valid for 1 week - $13
- 9.00 OMR = 8 GB data + 2 GB social media + 250 minutes valid for 4 weeks - $23.4
- 18.0 OMR = 30 GB data + 600 local minutes valid for 4 weeks - $46.8
In some of the above prepaid packages from Ooredoo there are international minutes included however, these are only to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Ooredoo offers e-sim cards for its prepaid costumers for an extra fee of 1 OMR ($2.6).
At Omantel Muscat Airport they offer all the prepaid sim card deals as offered on their website plus one tourist package for 1 week:
- 5.00 OMR = 7 GB data + 1 GB social media + 50 minutes valid for 1 week - $13
The exact same package as Ooredoo, also with flex minutes to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. they also offer the following prepaid sim card deals for tourists:
- 4 OMR = 2 GB data + 500 MB social media + 50 flex minutes - $10.4
- 6 OMR = 3 GB data + 1.5 GB social media + 100 flex minutes - $15.6
- 8 OMR = 8 GB data + 2 GB social media + 250 flex minutes - $20.8
- 12 OMR = 15 GB data + 300 flex minutes - $31.2
- 18 OMR = 30 GB data + 600 flex minutes - $46.8
If you want an e-sim card for Oman instead of a physical Omantel sim card then they charge 2.1 OMR ($5.5) extra.
Best Oman sim card at Muscat Airport
When looking for the cheapest prepaid sim card for Oman then the Ooredoo package for 2 OMR ($5.2) with 1 GB data + 500 MB social media is the best deal you can find at Muscat Airport.
However, this is the bare minimum and 1 GB of data runs out very fast. Since most people travel to Oman for 1 week only there is a great deal available. Both, Ooredoo and Omantel offer the exact same package for 5 OMR ($13) with 7 GB data + 1 GB social media.
Renna Mobile only offers packages for 1 month and they are more expensive than Ooredoo and Omantel. If you want a lot of GB’s then buy an Omantel sim card as they are the cheapest for the biggest data packages.
Since prices are more or less the same for Ooredoo and Omantel it comes down to who has the best 4G/5G network in Oman and that is Omantel. Therefore Traveltomtom regards Omantel as the best prepaid Oman sim card at Muscat Airport.
For more info about the best 4G/5G mobile network in Oman I recommend you to take a look at my extensive article for buying a sim card in Oman in 2022.
My experiences buying a sim card at Muscat Airport
Doing my researching for this article I went to check the prices at all the stores and asked the guys why they would recommend their sim cards. At Renna Mobile and especially at Omantel they were very nice and patiently answering my questions.
This in huge contrast to the arrogant guys at Ooredoo, who clearly had no interest in helping me whatsoever. Therefore alone I would already not recommend Ooredoo, but that is a personal experience/opinion.
At Omantel, the guy was super friendly and set it all up for me within a couple minutes, even offered me water and explained me how to take a bus instead of an expensive taxi. When I put the Omantel sim card in my phone it instantly worked and I enjoyed a data connection straight away.
Enjoy your trip to Oman!