The new Oman eVisa is now available! If you have ever obtained an Omani tourist visa-on-arrival you will applaud this new service to cut your immigration time. Update March, 2018 – Visa-on-arrival is basically eliminated for all nationals at all ports of entry. All tourists must use the eVisa system. Visit my latest post on Oman’s visa policy, further updates, and more details.
I had a look at the website and put in a few nationalities to see what specific services are available for different nationalities. My goal was to see who this will benefit.
Basically the Oman eVisa service is only helpful for citizens of group 1 countries wishing to enter on a tourist visa. All other nations and visa types will have to continue using the standard system.
|For a complete guide to getting into Oman, visit my constantly updated Oman - Get In guide here. On this page I tell you about all the dos and dont's when coming to the sultanate, whether it's by airplane, car, or boat. I even give you my tips to go along with all the important visa information. Check it out.|
Between Christmas and New Year’s this year, I went to collect the lovely Lady M at the airport. She was due to arrive at 7:35 am, on an Oman Air flight from London. It took about two hours for her and her friend to exit customs. What was the hold up?
Within the span of 15 minutes, from 7:20-7:35 am, eight flights are scheduled to land, including three from Europe; Zurich, Paris, and London. With no Oman eVisa at the time, visa-on-arrival was the preferred option for most tourists, and the queue was long and slow. Purchasing the visa at the counter was the bottleneck, not the actual immigration process with the officer.
From my analyzation of the arrivals schedule at Muscat International Airport, there are two periods which see a large number of arrivals to our quaint airport; 7:20-7:35 am with 8 flights and 12:40-1255 pm with 9 flights.
Lady M is visiting again soon, and was planning to try and get a tourist visa at the Omani Embassy in London to avoid the long queue again. But now, with the new Oman eVisa there is no need.
Oh, I almost forgot. Check out the new eVisa system here.