The list of countries whose citizens require a visa for Oman is relatively small and includes: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya (for stays of up to 30 days), Mauritania*, Nigeria (Boko Haram section)*, Pakistan (for stays of up to 30 days), Somalia*, Sudan and Yemen. (*Stays of up to one month).
If the visitor holds a visa for another GCC country, can he/she use this visa to enter Oman?
A valid residence permit issued by the UAE or Bahrain is equivalent to an Omani visa. Other GCC members may grant visas on the same terms. A visa issued by any other country is valid for three months, provided that the visitor is not resuming residence in his/her country of origin after having stayed abroad for more than one year.
If an Omani national holds a residence permit issued by another GCC member state, does he/she need an Omani entry visa?
Yes, but residency permits issued by the UAE and Bahrain are equivalent to an Omani visa. Residency permits from other GCC member states may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Ministry of National Economy. An Omani resident permit authorizes its holder to transfer his/her sponsorship to any new employer without applying for a visa or work permit.
Do I need a visa to travel to Oman?
eVisa is an electronic travel authorization that allows citizens from visa-exempt countries to enter Oman. In order to get this document you only need to follow a few easy steps.
First one would be to fill out the application with details such as your name(s), surname, email address, date of birth or passport details.
The second one is to attach the required documents. They may vary depending on the nationality that is noted on your passport, however, every eligible applicant is compelled to provide a copy of the biodata page from the passport and photograph of oneself.
Finally, you have to select the most convenient way of payment and await your eVisa to come within 3 working days.
Which nationalities can apply for an eVisa?
The majority of nationalities eligible to submit their application for an eVisa to Oman for single entry authorization allowing one to stay in the country for 10 or 30 days (depending on the planned length of your stay) and multiple approvals which enable them to stay in the country for a maximum period of 30 days each time are the citizens of the European Union.
To the same group citizens of countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, China and many others have been included.
Citizens of the United States of America have been authorized (apart from the above-mentioned eVisas) to apply for an authorization valid for 10 years allowing them to stay in Oman for a maximum period of 6 months each time just based on their passports biodata page copy and a photograph.
If your nationality has not been mentioned in the main list there might be no reason for your concern.
Oman Royal Police has provided a solution to enable citizens from 24 additional countries to apply for electronic travel authorization and exempt them from the obligation of getting a regular visa at the embassy or consulate.
Apart from their passport biodata page and a recent photograph, they have to provide a copy of a valid Schengen visa or a scan of a visa from Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States that has been granted to them and remains valid.
An authentic residence permit from one of the abovementioned countries will be sufficient in such a case as well.
GCC visa holders are most certainly included in the visa exemption. A holder of the above-mentioned can acquire an eVisa to Oman that will enable your stay in the country of 28 days.
It is a single entry authorization, valid for 1 month after the approval date. To be eligible for the Royal Oman Police eVisa as a GCC visa holder it has to meet one additional requirement- the occupation noted on it has to be on the approved by Oman Royal Police list.
The Omani government has been moving towards making the eVisa process approachable and available for anyone who wishes to enter the country.
The hospitality and overall welcoming attitude of the nation towards its visitors have its mark even in the visa policy system.