Shortly after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of Dubai announced changes in visas to attract tourists, Oman has come up with changes too.
New visa cost has been slashed to 47 dhs
Travelling to Oman will be cheaper for GCC residents after reducing the price from OMR 20(191 dhs) to OMR 5(47 dhs). The visa fees of 20 Omani Riyals was increased last year by thrice the amount, making it more expensive to travel the neighbouring country. Not only the fees has been slashed, but the length of stay has also increased from 10 days to a month.
Visa application can be completed online
Last July, Oman launched the e-visa service, making it simpler to obtain a visa by just filling up individual details on the form, attaching a photograph and passport document followed by payment on the safe Global Payment Getaway. Once granted, the visa is sent right to your mail. Plus, New Zealand nationals can obtain the tourist visa for free. Here’s the website to apply: www.evisa.rop.gov.om
UAE’s tourist visa has been made free for first 48 hours
Recently at a UAE Cabinet meeting this month, Sheikh Mohammed announced groundbreaking rules to promote tourism, especially for transit tourists. According to statistics by Dubai Airports, 70% of passengers at Dubai International Airport are transit passengers. The three days-long tourist visa, which used to cost 150 dhs, has been slashed to 50 dhs, which means transit tourists can travel for free during the first two days of the visa.
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