VISITORS TO OMAN NOW NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA IN ADVANCE
November 11, 2019
If you’re heading to Oman, then take note of these new visa rules.
The Royal Oman Police announced that the visa on arrival is now “an exception to the rule and eVisas should be used wherever possible”. All visitors to Oman must apply for an eVisa before traveling.
#ROP kindly requests all visitors requiring visas traveling to #Oman to obtain their eVisas online before travel. This will facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts. Visa on arrival are now an exception to the rule and eVisas should be used wherever possible
— شرطة عُمان السلطانية (@RoyalOmanPolice) October 25, 2019
The application requires you to apply online, upload a copy of your passport and passport photos, and pay OMR5 (Dh50). Once the required documents have been uploaded, expect at least 4 days for the visa to be processed. The online applications must be done via https://evisa.rop.gov.om/.
According to authorities, the e-visa will help regularise the process and reduce the long queues, especially during long weekends. The announcement also stated “If you are a GCC resident, you can travel using visa type 29A (GCC resident tourist visa) if you’re the main traveller with an approved profession, or visa type 29B if you’re the companion of the main traveller. If you don’t have a residency in the GCC, then you’ll have to apply for the Dubai/Oman joint visa through one of the Oman embassy offices or via travel agencies and can enter through the airport or through the Hatta border. The visa duration has to be valid for at least 21 days,” adding “The joint visa with Dubai is free, provided the traveller is coming to Oman directly from Dubai. Both of these visas are obtainable by paper application and not online.”
Citizens from 71 countries can apply for eVisas, while others must apply through the embassy. However, citizens of the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait or Saudi Arabia you do not need a visa.