Although there are a lot of unmarried, live-in partners in Oman, it is important to know that it is considered unlawful in the country
28 November 2019| Last updated on 31 August 2022
If you or your significant other is moving to Oman and you are planning on living together, it is important to know that the Sultanate has strict rules regarding unmarried couples living together.
As Oman is a predominantly Muslim country in the Middle East, it is illegal for unmarried couples and those of the opposite sex to live together in Oman.
While there are expat and local couples who live together as well as opposite genders sharing a house who have not had any problems with the authorities, this is extremely risky if the Oman authorities come to investigate complaints from the neighbours or someone else. The unmarried residents will no doubt face legal actions for breaking the law.*
If you wish to cohabit with your partner while in Oman, here is what you must know.
Who are allowed to live together in Oman?
As per the Omani law, those of the opposite sex can only live together if they are relatives with strong familial ties (children, siblings, cousins, in-laws) or are legally married to each other.
The Oman authorities only recognise a certified marriage, not civil partnerships. It is highly recommended to possess a valid marriage certificate while in Oman so that you have proof - this will help avoid any trouble with the police.
It's worth noting that if you are already married and you are living with someone of the opposite gender who is not your spouse or relative, this can be considered adultery in Oman and you will face stronger legal repercussions if you are caught.
What are the penalties for living unmarried in Oman?
Any single resident living with another unmarried expat or local in Oman will face eviction from their home if they are caught by the local authorities. You will likely face jail time as well as deportation.
What to do if you wish to live with your partner in Oman
It is best to abide by the local laws and avoid living together with your boyfriend or girlfriend while in Oman. Unmarried couples who plan to move together in Oman are advised to get married and obtain a valid marriage certificate before coming to the Sultanate.