Getting a Tourist Visa for Oman

This post is part of a series of guides on how we secured visas for our travels outside Bahrain and the Philippines. The first one is Getting a Tourist Visa for Qatar, while the second is on Getting a Tourist / Visit / 96 hour Visa for the UAE

Third on this series is how we secured our visas for our amazing trip to Oman during Eid Al Adha holiday in October 2012.🙂

Oman Tourist VOA, Oct 2012

Oman Tourist VOA, Oct 2012

Among all the GCC countries we’ve been, I would say Oman tops the list for no-fuss visas especially for us GCC Residents. Wagi as in!

These websites are most helpful during my research. Check out Royal Oman Police website as well as Oman Airports Management Company.

Their embassy here in Bahrain is also impressive. They were very clear and prompt to answer to email inquiries. Shukran!

The Royal Oman Police website provides extensive information on Types of Visas, procedures on how to secure the visa, documentary requirements and applicable fees.

Actually the process almost similar with UAE & Qatar (anyhow, same same GCC lah), the main difference / advantage I noticed is that for us GCC residents, the fee is lower at OMR 5/- only for 4 weeks stay and accepts all, if not most, Resident Permit Professions to be entitled to Visa -On-Arrival (VOA). Yay!🙂

Below information were copied (yes, copied) from the OAMC website for Visa on Arrival:

Visa on Arrivals
Entry Visa Payment:

Arriving passengers who are eligible for Visa on Arrival are able to make visa payments at the Travelex Foreign Exchange bureau located in the immigration arrivals hall, payments can be accepted in most currencies or by credit card, an automatic receipt will be issued to the traveller this receipt is then presented at the immigration desk, this reduces the time and queues for processing.

Passengers with entry visas deposited at the airport, should collect their visa from the Oman Air Visa Collection Counter.

Types of Visa on Arrivals
Visa Type Fee Visa Validity Passport Validity Visa Extension Eligibility Overstay Fine
10 Days R.O. 5 10 Days Not less than 6 months 10 Days R.O. 5 – 1 Countries from List A R.O. 10 per day
More than 10 Days R.O. 20 1 month Not less than 6 months 1 month R.O. 20 – 1 Countries from List A R.O 10 per day
Multiple Entry 2 R.O. 50 1 Year 3 Not less than 1 year Not applicable Countries from List A R.O. 10 per day
Notes:

  1. One time Visa Extension allowed from the ROP visa information counter at Muscat International Airport only from 07:30-13:00 SAT-WED excluding Public Holidays or available from the Directorate General of Passport & Residency HQ, Seeb Opposite Muscat International Airport during their working hours.
  2. Only applicable to Businessmen visiting Oman regularly with sufficient documents.
  3. This type of visa allows its holder to stay in Oman for 21 days maximum on each visit.
Joint Tourist Visa Facility with the Emirate of Dubai and Qatar:

Nationals set out in List A arriving from the Emirate of Dubai or from Qatar to Oman bearing a tourist entrance visa or a stamp from either country are not required to obtain a separate visa for Oman provided they travel directly from Dubai or from Doha to Oman.

Visa Type Fee Visa Validity Eligibility
Dubai Visa Free Dubai visa validity not less than 21 days. Passengers from Countries as per List A, passengers must arrive and depart from/to Dubai.
Qatar Visa Free Qatar visa validity not less than 30 days. Passengers from Countries as per List A, passengers must arrive and depart from/to Doha. Qatar visa must state allowed to visit Oman.
Entry Visa for Foreigners Residing in the G.C.C. Countries:

This is issued to residents of any GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Countries, passengers must arrive directly from any GCC county. Restrictions apply to non-degree related professions e.g. (labourers, carpenters) it is also granted to members of their families as long as they enter together.

To view the list or professions eligible for Visa on Arrival visit ROP website

Visa Type Fee Oman Visa Validity Resident Visa Validity Visa Extension Documents Overstay Fine
GCC Resident R.O. 5 28 Days Not less than 6 months from Expiry Date 1 week – R.O. 5 1 Passport, Resident/Labour Card R.O 10 per day
  1. Visa Extension From the ROP, visa information counter at Muscat International Airport only from 07:30-13:00 SAT-WED excluding Public Holidays or available from the Directorate General of Passport & Residency HQ, Seeb Opposite Muscat International Airport during their working hours.
Additional Information

  1. All visitors must hold onward or return air tickets.
  2. Residents expatriate employees with valid employment visas leaving the Sultanate of Oman for a stay abroad exceeding 180 days from the day of departure, their visas will automatically be cancelled.
  3. Warning: Passengers will be returned to point of origin on the same carrier at own expense and a fine up to R.O. 200 will be imposed on the carrier if they arrive with improper or missing documentation or who are not eligible for visa on arrival.
Countries – List A:

European Countries

Andorra

Czech Rep

Greece Liechtenstein Monaco San Marino Turkey
Austria Denmark Hungary Lithuania Netherlands Slovakia United Kingdom
Belgium Estonia Iceland Luxembourg Norway Slovenia Vatican
Bulgaria Finland Italy Macedonia Poland Spain
Croatia France Ireland Malta Portugal Sweden
Cyprus Germany Latvia Moldova Romania Switzerland
Central & South American Countries
Argentina French Guiana
Bolivia Paraguay
Brazil Suriname
Chile Uruguay
Colombia Venezuela
Ecuador
Other Countries
Australia Lebanon South Korea
Brunei Dar al-Salam Malaysia Taiwan
Canada New Zealand Thailand
Hong Kong Seychelles United States of America
Indonesia Singapore
Japan South Africa
For more information on visa regulations to Oman please call Royal Oman Police, Passports and Residency section at Muscat International Airport on +968-24518746

Of course, if you are not entitled to VOA, then you have to go through similar procedure to secure a sponsored visa.

From the ROP website:

Issuing this type of visa Department of Passports and Residence, or one of its branches in region areas at the request of a local sponsor, (one of the tourist companies or offices or hotels licensed for the same) and in the following manner:

  • Submission of electronic visa application form local sponsor, under the responsibility of (one of the tourist companies or offices or hotels licensed for tourism).
  • Enclose a letter from the sponsor a foreigner sponsorship application guarantor or approved by the sponsor or the authorized signature and sealed with the seal of the institution.
  • Enclose copy of valid commercial registration and chamber of commerce certificate and a copy of signature authorization.
  • Enclose copy of the foreigner passport and should be valid not less than six months.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm.

Hence to verify if you may be entitled to VOA, search for and contact the nearest Oman Embassy near you.

Call and ask for the proper email to send your inquiry for VOA with your supporting documents attachments (passport copy, CPR / Iqama / National ID, foreign Resident Permit if any, et al).

Oman was such a sweet, sweet nature escape and the the three days we spent there definitely was not enough. I am so looking forward when we can return to trek the mount ains, swim in wadis, or even just gaze and appreciate all of nature’s breathtaking beauty.

Go and experience Oman.🙂

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