Ob­tain your Oman visa on­line

TravTalk - Middle East - - FRONT PAGE - Shehara Rizly

The Sul­tanate of Oman, with its new e-visa sys­tem, now al­lows all tourists to ap­ply for their visa on­line so that they can ex­pe­dite the ap­proval process of the visas. Salem Adi Al Ma­mari, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral—Tourism Pro­mo­tions, Oman Min­istry of Tourism, shares more de­tails with .

Please brief us about the new e-visa sys­tem. The new e-visa sys­tem, which al­lows mil­lions of tourists vis­it­ing Oman to ap­ply their visa on­line and fa­cil­i­tate travel, is set to ac­cel­er­ate the pro­cess­ing and ap­proval of visas. The Oman gov­ern­ment has put in place one of the safest and most se­cure sys­tems in the world cer­ti­fied by ISO stan­dards, to im­ple­ment the visa ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­mis­sions with Royal Oman Po­lice spe­cial­ists who are avail­able 24*7 to pro­vide sup­port. The new pol­icy co­in­cides with the open­ing of the new Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which was ex­panded and trans­formed to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors in the Sul­tanate. Any changes for GCC nationals? The new visa sys­tem is not ap­pli­ca­ble to GCC nationals as they just need their cit­i­zens’ ID or pass­port to en­ter Oman. What is the pe­riod of the gen­eral tourist visa? For gen­eral tourist visas, vis­i­tors are al­lowed to stay for a max­i­mum of 30 days. How­ever, vis­i­tors have an­other op­tion which al­lows them a shorter stay of 10 days. How will the pay­ments be made? Pay­ments can be done through the web­site af­ter the sub­mis­sions are made and ap­pli­cants are di­rected to a se­cure global pay­ment gate­way where they can use their credit cards or debit cards to pay the fees. How much will it cost? The cost of the visa varies de­pend­ing on the type of ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing done; how­ever, a gen­eral tourist visa is 20 OMR for 30 days and 5 OMR for 10 days. What is the aim of the gov­ern­ment to redo the tourist visas? It has been an on­go­ing project in line with our ef­forts to stream­line our pro­ce­dures fol­low­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion tak­ing place world­wide. With the new on­line fa­cil­ity, this ef­fi­ciently cuts the wait­ing time as vis­i­tors can now process their visas be­fore trav­el­ling. The sys­tem au­to­mates and sim­pli­fies the pro­ce­dure for all and gen­er­ates ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics on the num­ber of peo­ple vis­it­ing the Sul­tanate. It also en­hances the com­mu­ni­ca­tion between vis­i­tors and au­thor­i­ties. How many vis­i­tors are tar­geted for this ven­ture? The e-visa sys­tem was cre­ated to ac­cel­er­ate the process of get­ting a visit visa to Oman and not to target spe­cific num­bers.

The new on­line fa­cil­ity ef­fi­ciently cuts the wait­ing time for vis­i­tors, sim­pli­fies the pro­ce­dure for all and gen­er­ates ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics on the num­ber of peo­ple vis­it­ing the Sul­tanate

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