Oman police have advised that visas on arrival are now an exception to the rule…

If you’re heading to Oman for a long weekend or visa run take note: Oman Police have issued a Tweet encouraging visitors to apply for their visas before hand.

This applies to all nationalities visiting the UAE’s neighbour.

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According to the Tweet, the move to eVisas is designed to “facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts”.

Although the initial Tweet said that visas on arrival are “now an exception to the rule”, the Oman Police took to Twitter again to clarify that there has been no change to the visa process.

“Tourists wishing to visit Oman may still obtain a visa on arrival at all the Omani border posts but are urged to rather obtain an eVisa in advance to save both time and money” the statement read.

To apply for an eVisa ahead of time, travellers need to visit the online government portal, upload a passport copy, photo, pay 5 Omani Rials (Dhs50) and complete the online booking form. This will then grant you a 10-day unsponsored tourist eVisa to visit Oman.

Visas can take up to four days to be issued, according to the official website.

Tourists who enter Dubai are eligible for a free tourist visa to visit Oman, you’ll just need to have at least six months validity left on your passport.

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