Visas on arrival are an exception to the rule, said Oman Police
10 November 2019| Last updated on 17 November 2019
Depending on the visitors' country of origin, the Oman visa fees can cost between AED 50 (US $13) and AED 500 (US $130)
Oman Police took to Twitter and announced that all visitors to Oman are advised to purchase an electronic visa in advance before travelling to the country.
From Friday, November 1, all nationalities visiting the Arab nation should secure a visa ahead of time.
“Tourists wishing to visit Oman may still obtain a visa on arrival at all the Omani border posts but are urged to rather obtain an eVisa in advance to save both time and money," the post read.
According to Oman Police, the shift to e-visas made to "facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts".
Residents of GCC countries can apply for a sponsored, unsponsored, or tourist visa, or an express travel permit. GCC residents can travel to Oman using a GCC Resident Tourist Visa, provided you are the main traveller with an approved profession, or have Visa Type 29B if you're accompanying the main traveller.
For non-GCC residents, tarvellers must apply for the Dubai and Oman Joint Visa from any one of Oman's embassies.
The Oman e-visa application can take up to four working days to be processed and completed.
Once you've received your visa, it must be valid for at least 21 days before entering Oman.
How to apply for an Oman e-visa
To get an early e-visa for Oman, applicants are required to visit the Oman government's online portal.
Applicants must upload their passport copy, a second photo, complete the application form, and pay the visa fees.
Payment for the visa fees that can cost between AED 50 to AED 500, depending on the country of origin. However, those who are arriving from Dubai or Qatar can get the Oman visa for free.
You will then be issued a 10-day unsponsored tourist electronic visa to visit Oman.
Passport must be valid for at least six months before entering the country.