The country of Oman is planning to implement new visa regulations starting from March 21. Currently, all air travellers can apply and receive a visa on arrival. But, it is now decided to allow entrance only to travellers with valid visas, which were obtained prior travelling.
To make things easier, Omani government will be, therefore, introducing e-Visas. The only two visa types that could be ordered online will be the regular tourist visa and an express visa.
The maximum stay of the single entry tourist visa is 30 days. In order to be eligible for this visa, you will need to have a valid flight ticket as a proof of your travels. You can apply for an e-Visa at any time on the Royal Oman Police website. To check for which visas you can apply for, visit this link.
After registering on the website, you need to fill in all the necessary information, attach required documents and pay a fee. You will receive the e-Visa approval email and after printing it out you only need to show it to an official at the airport.
The introduction of the new e-Visas will correlate with the opening of the new Muscat International Airport which is also scheduled for the end of the month of March.
“The ministry and its strategic partners are ready to start operations after the final approval of all systems and the completion of recent operational tests”, said Ahmed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications.
It is currently unknown how the land-based and Salalah airport entries will be processed.
The Oman Air, the national airline, and many other regional airlines announced that they will continue to expand their long-haul network as the new Muscat airport will offer more capacity and better facilities. Omani government is also expecting that larger number of tourists will travel to the country in the future.