Oman: New short stay visa announced

According to a decree by the Royal Oman Police, tourists can now pay OMR5 to enter the Sultanate for 10 days.

The Inspector General of Police and Customs issued decision No. 129/2018, to amend some of the provisions of the Executive Regulations of the Aliens Residence Law.

Two new visa fees have been added to the list of entry visas in Article 29 of the regulation on residence law 63/96.

Welcoming this, travel agents said that this will bring in more tourists to Oman.

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He also said: “Several other countries are trying to facilitate visitation to their countries by offering electronic visas, free of charge visas, visit visas on arrival, long term visas, etc. In such a competitive environment, it is great that the visa fees were cut down to accommodate more tourists.”

Tourism in Oman grew by almost 5 per cent in 2017, according to recent figures published by the Ministry of Tourism.

With a total of 3 million and 300 thousand tourists visiting last year, the Sultanate enjoyed a strong 4.7 per cent year-on-year growth in the number of international travellers, further illustrating the success of Oman’s economic diversification strategy.

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Oman’s 20-year strategy has already begun bearing fruit and is well on track to raise visitor numbers to 5 million per annum by 2040.

In addition, the ministry aims to employ as many as 500,000 people in the tourism sector, with expected investments totalling OMR19 billion, of which only 12 per cent will be from the public sector.

 

Source Credit: Times Of Oman

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