Are you thinking of taking a trip to Oman? If treks on camels, camping in the vast desert, and driving safaris appeal to you, then Oman is the perfect holiday destination for you. Oman gives you a true Arabic experience with plantations of frankincense, souks representing long-gone worlds, modern cities, luxury hotels, and beautiful beaches. There is something for everyone who visits Oman.

Oman is different from its neighbouring countries because of its complex history of interaction with the rest of the world. Omani traders ruled the Arabian sea, going to ports of Muscat and Salahat, the Portuguese empire in Africa and establishing trading outposts as far as Mozambique and Zanzibar. They aligned with the British after slavery was abolished. This resulted in a conservative yet open Islamic society that is modern Oman. It is considered to be the most welcoming of all Arabic countries, and tourists feel at home there.

Before you plan a trip to Oman, you should know about their visa requirements so that you are fully prepared.

Which Countries Require a Visa For Oman?

Any trip to Oman from another country requires applying for and obtaining a visa. Only six countries in the world are exempt from having to get a visa to enter Oman. Five of these countries are from the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC:

  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Qatar
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Bahrain
  5. Kuwait
  6. And finally a non GCC country, New Zealand.

The people from GCC can stay in Oman indefinitely, while people from New Zealand can stay up to three months. The only requirement for these tourists from these countries is a passport.

The same rule of ‘no visa required’ also applies to people who have official and diplomatic passports from Russia and South Korea. These nationalities can also stay for up to three months in Oman. The rule also applies to people from a few other countries, who, if they have a valid visa or an entrance stamp of the Emirate of Dubai, can stay for another 21 days in Oman.

Countries that Require a Visa

People from all other countries, apart from the ones just mentioned, need a valid visa to be able to visit Oman. You need to apply for an Oman visa, and you will get your Oman e-visa within 3-4 working days, provided that you meet all their eligibility requirements. The process of applying for an e-visa is done online. You do not need to go to a visa office in person. The visa requirements are quite simple. You will need to provide some information as well as some supporting documents to apply for an Oman visa. People from all countries, including Europe, Canada, UK, US, and Australia need a visa for entry to Oman.

Documents Required

You can apply on arrival (if applicable from your country) at the nearest Oman consulate or embassy, or online on the Internet using the Royal Oman Police website. The documents that you need to apply for a visa to Oman are:

  • Passport: All visa applicants must have a passport that is valid for another six months from the day of arrival in Oman.
  • Passport Scan: The scanned copies of the information pages of your passport will be required.
  • Photo: A digital photo taken before no more than six months is required.
  • E-mail Address: You will get all communication about the visa through your email only, so make sure that you have a valid and correct email ID.
  • Valid Visa or a Residence Permit: Certain countries need a valid visa or residence permit that has been issued by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

An application form also needs to be filled in, and once you submit your application, your visa will arrive in a PDF format through email. You must take a printout of this email and carry it with you when you go to Oman.

Types of Visa

Here are a few types of visa you can apply for:

  • The single-entry e-Visa (aka 26B Tourist Visit Visa) is valid for 30 days, starting from the date of arrival in Oman. This e-Visa must be used in the six months following its approval. In case it is not used in this period, the travel document becomes invalid.
  • The multi-entry (aka 36B Visit) e-Visa is valid for one year, starting from the date of the first arrival in Oman. It allows multi-entries with a maximum of one month stay for each of them. It also has to be first used within the six months after its initial approval.

Entry with Children

Single parents or any adult travelling with a child or children may be asked to show documentary evidence of parental responsibility while entering Oman and leaving it. If children under the age of 18 are travelling alone, a consent letter is needed from one of the parents and a photocopy of the father’s passport. Children need to apply for a visa in advance.

Conditional Visa

There is also one other specific visa requirement that does not apply to everyone; that is the conditional visa. The citizens of following countries need to possess a valid residence permit or visa issued by the Schengen area, UK, USA, Japan, Australia or Canada:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Otherwise, they may not be eligible to apply for an Oman e-visa, and they would need to go to the nearest embassy to do so.

As you can see, Oman visa rules are not so strict, and the application process is quite fast and straightforward. As long as you have all the necessary documents in place, you can get a visa and visit the beautiful country of Oman without much visa related hassle.

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