Oman has declared that they will exempt citizens of 103 countries, including India, from the requirement of an entry visa for a stay of up to ten days in the country in a move to promote tourism in the country. Some of the other nations on this list are Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Bhutan, Jordan, Tajikistan, Iran, and Brunei. This makes the Oman Visa Requirements for Indian citizens considerably lesser.
The decision, which was first put out on Twitter by the Royal Oman Police, and reiterated at a press conference of the Oman Supreme Committee on CoVid-19 today, states that one would need to have health insurance, a return ticket and a confirmed hotel reservation to arrive in Oman under this new exemption.
Royal Oman Police: “Among the conditions of exempting nationals of the 103 countries from getting entry visas to the Sultanate for a period of 10 days is the requirement of having health insurance, a return ticket & a confirmed hotel reservation.”#Omanvscovid19#Covid19pressConf pic.twitter.com/7Kpd4EwxpA
— عُمان تواجه كورونا (@OmanVSCovid19) December 10, 2020
In March 2019, the Oman visa on arrival was replaced entirely by the electronic visa system, which resulted in Indian citizens having to apply for an eVisa to Oman, which was only limited to those who have a valid visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen country, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, or Japan. Everyone else had to still route their visa application at the Oman Embassy.
This process was simpler than the visa process earlier on in the decade where for a work trip, I’d to send a boatload of papers and I had a visa stamped on my passport and sent back.
The new declaration is applicable immediately. This means, as long as someone is carrying the required paperwork, they can be admitted into Oman without having to acquire a visa.
If you find your way to Oman, do take the opportunity to try and stay at The Chedi, Muscat, which was the hotel I stayed at the last time I was there and was a beautiful short stay for me.
Would you put Oman on your travel list now that there is a Visa exemption in place?
Oman Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens
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