Thursday, February 16, 2012

Short-term visit visa Fee to Oman reduced

Visa fee for short-term visitors to Oman has been reduced while the free visa period has been extended from 24 to 48 hours for cruise passengers and crew. In a decision expected to boost tourism, Oman has slashed the fees for short-term visit visas from 20 Omani riyals (Dh190.10) to 5 riyals (Dh47.50).

Visas for a stay of more than 48 hours and less than 10 days are classified as short-term visas.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has also extended the free visa period for cruise passengers and crew from 24 to 48 hours.

However, for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents, the short-term visa costing five riyals will be valid for four weeks and can be extended by a week. The visit visa for GCC residents will be issued by all ports, including airports and border posts, and Omani embassies.

Shaikh Abdul Malek Bin Abdullah Al Khalili, Minister of Tourism, said in a statement that the amendments to the visa rules coincide with the celebrations of Muscat — Capital of Arab Tourism 2012.