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 advised that from November 2019, you now need to apply for your visa in advance.
Previously, many had been able to get a visa on arrival at the border of the UAE and Oman, however in a Tweet on their official account, Oman Police have said that visas on arrival will be an exception to the rule going forward.
This applies to all nationalities visiting the UAE’s neighbour.
#ROP kindly requests all visitors requiring visas traveling to #Oman to obtain their eVisas online before travel. This will facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts. Visa on arrival are now an exception to the rule and eVisas should be used wherever possible
— شرطة عُمان السلطانية (@RoyalOmanPolice) October 25, 2019
According to the Tweet, the move to make eVisas compulsory is designed to “facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts”.
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.