Omanis Can Now Marry Foreigners Without Permit After Change in Law

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik on Sunday announced a decree that changes the legislation regarding Omanis marrying foreigners. Omanis can now marry non-Omanis without approval or a permit from the government.

The royal decree included seven articles with the first stipulating the cancellation of the previous law authorising the issuing of provisions regulating the marriage of Omanis to foreigners and making amendments to the legislation regulating Omani nationality.

Below is the detailed decree with the announcement amendment:

Article (1) cancels Royal Decree No. 58/93 and annuls all decisions issued in the implementation of its provisions.

Article (2) states that the provisions of this decree shall not prejudice the provisions of the Islamic Sharia or public order or any provision cited in the laws, Royal decrees or applicable systems stipulating non-marriage to a foreigner as a condition for occupying or continuing to occupy certain public jobs of significance or special nature.

Article (3) stipulates that documents proving that cases of marriage between Omanis and foreigners within the Sultanate of Oman shall be documented in accordance with the provisions of the relevant laws and Royal decrees. Foreign documents proving these cases of marriage are treated as official Omani documents after being authenticated by the competent authorities in the respective foreign country/countries, as well as the Omani Foreign Ministry.


The National

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