Min­istry of Tourism: Com­ply with non-spon­sored visa rules

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - KABEER YOUSUF MUSCAT, OCT 11

The travel-re­lated es­tab­lish­ments in Oman have been asked to com­ply with the rules vis-à-vis is­sue of non­spon­sored tourist visas for na­tion­al­i­ties of In­dia, China and Rus­sia.

The Min­istry of Tourism (MoT) and the Oman Air­port Man­age­ment Com­pany sent out a cir­cu­lar to all the travel and tourism in­sti­tu­tions ask­ing them to com­ply with pro­vi­sions re­lated to tourist visas to these na­tion­al­i­ties. The Royal Oman Po­lice (ROP) had set the con­di­tions for fa­cil­i­tat­ing vis­i­tors from these coun­tries.

All air­lines op­er­at­ing from the Muscat In­ter­na­tional Air­port have been asked to com­ply with these con­di­tions, fail­ing which the visa will be de­clared null.

Some of these con­di­tions in­clude hold­ing of a pass­port valid for at least six months. He/she should re­side in or hold en­try visa to ei­ther the US, Canada, Aus­tralia, the UK or the Schen­gen states.

Ap­pli­cant should have a re­turn ticket and con­firmed ho­tel reser­va­tion. Non-spon­sored visas will be is­sued for a pe­riod of one month for a fee RO 20. “These three coun­tries are con­sid­ered niche mar­kets for Oman tourism and we are aim­ing to at­tract peo­ple from these coun­tries,” said Salem Adi al Ma­mari, Direc­torGen­eral of Tourism Pro­mo­tion, MoT.

“The visa can be is­sued to the spouse or chil­dren of the visa­holder if they ac­com­pany him, and even if they do not have a visa from these coun­tries.” At the same time, au­thor­i­ties can pro­hibit cit­i­zens who meet the visa con­di­tions “if the pub­lic in­ter­est so re­quires”.

“Any per­son who avails of such a visa but breaches reg­u­la­tions or fails to ad­here to terms and con­di­tions will be black­listed and pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing the coun­try. They will also be com­pelled to pay fine in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of For­eign­ers’ Res­i­dence Law and Ex­ec­u­tive Reg­u­la­tions,” Al Mamry said.

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