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New: Oman eVisa

March 9, 2016

Oman eVisaThe 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. 

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.

Oman eVisa
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Still, this will be a big positive for tourism in Oman because the visa-on-arival, while simple and straight forward, was too crowded at times and delayed tourist greatly.

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.

Do you have any experiences to share regarding the Oman eVisa process in Oman or any other country? Tell me about it in the comments below:

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lady M March 18, 2016 at 0552

    Yesterday I applied for an e-visa for Oman and I am happy to report back on this process. The link above takes you straight to the correct web page (I’m always a little afraid of bogus visa sites) and you follow the instructions. It’s quite straightforward and the whole application only takes 15 minutes. At the end of the process your e-visa receipt is issued to you by email. You should then print off the receipt and take it to the passport control thus bypassing the aforementioned queue – hooray!

    A few helpful hints: 1) You need at least 6 months left on your existing passport to apply 2) You need to upload a photocopy of your passport and a recent photo so have these to hand 3) When entering your email address, if the @ doesn’t appear when you type it, try entering the ‘2 ‘ key (I think the system is based on an American keyboard)

    Time saved = 1 hour 45 minutes! Thanks D

    • Reply D. Michael March 18, 2016 at 1254

      Bloody Americans! Thanks for the update.

    • Reply John February 10, 2017 at 2055

      very useful this information. However, I didn’t need to upload a copy of my passport nor a photo. Maybe things have changed since last year.

      FYI, it’s the standard British keyboard that has the @ symbol as SHIFT+2.

      • Reply D. Michael February 10, 2017 at 2315

        Thanks for the update John!

  • Reply PR August 31, 2016 at 1807

    I am a British national and my wife is an Indian national and we live in Switzerland. I understand that she is elgible for the visa on arrival as long as she is married to me and travels with me as country 1 national. Is this correct?

    • Reply D. Michael September 2, 2016 at 2127

      PR,
      You will want to direct your question to a travel agent and/or the airline you are booked with.
      I cannot say for sure in your case, and I do not want to steer you in the wrong direction.

      Whatever the result, be sure to bring evidence with you to the airport for check-in. Oftentimes the check-in staff are not fully up to speed with the visa rules. I was checking into a flight for Muscat from Los Angeles and the Emirates staff insisted that I have a visa in my passport before I could check-in, and I could not get a visit visa on arrival with my US passport… Not true.

  • Reply John March 26, 2017 at 1153

    E-Visa application worked a treat! Excited to be re-visiting Oman later today! Keep up the good work Mr D! :)

    • Reply D. Michael March 26, 2017 at 2318

      Glad it worked out. It’s a good system. Thanks for sharing, and please inform if something has changed.

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