Middle East

Oman: Visa on arrival for tourists will soon be gone

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) had recently launched new electronic visa system to facilitate the passengers’ journey and to prevent unnecessary queues at the visa on arrival desk at the airport’s counter. But, at present, a temporary counter has opened at the New Muscat International Airport terminal for tourists flying to Oman to get visas on arrival.

Visa on arrival counters have been set-up in case of emergencies for eligible tourists who are not aware of the new electronic visa system that was officially launched on March 21.

“We are still keeping the visa on arrival option for a short span of time for people who are flying to Oman and are not aware of the new rule. The counter will then be moved once the message is sent across. But we highly recommend to all nationalities to start applying for e-visa starting from today,” said a spokesman from Oman Airports Management Company.

“The 21st of March marks the transition day of tourist, and express visas from counters to online,” according to an official at the ROP.

Major steps have been taken in this regard since the news of e-visa broke in January, 2018.Many travel agencies in Muscat have already asked their clients to obtain an electronic visa to avoid any complication at the immigration counters.