Oman is an Arab country in Western Asia; it is also known as the Sultanate of Oman. Earlier, the country was not counted very high on the tourist or business destination list. However, over the last couple of decades, Oman has not only emerged as a growing business hub but also a popular tourist destination.
However, before you visit Oman either for business or tourism, you should know a few things. Oman is an Islamic nation while Omani Rial is its currency. Moreover, while English speakers are found easily in the country, the most popular language is Arabic while Baluchi and Urdu are also spoken.
Oman is home to many endangered species including nine types of mammals and at least five indigenous birds. Housing many rarely found animals such as Leopard, Hyena, Oryx and Ibex and birds like Vulture, Falcons, Arabian Partridge and Sunbirds, Oman is a treasure trove if you want to find animals in their natural habitat. Oman is a hot spot for tourists who are interested in watching whales with chances of catching a glimpse of whales such as Pygmy Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Arabian Humpback Whale.
The largest cities in Oman are Muscat, Seeb, Salalah, Bawshar, Sohar, Suwayq, Ibri, Saham, Barka and Rustaq. The local male residents in Oman prefer to wear the national dress, i.e. Dishdasha. The men in Oman carry a Khanjar with them during the festivals, khanjar is the national dagger of Oman. As far as women are concerned, in some places they wear a burqa, some wear hijab, and some wear the abaya. It depends on their preferences. People in Oman are the fan of non-vegetarian dishes, they hardly eat vegetarian dishes, but Omani Halwa is considered to be a symbol of Omani hospitality.
The Gulf Cooperation Council is a council of countries namely Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. GCC was established in the year 1981 to promote economic, security, cultural and social cooperation between the six states. GCC holds a summit everywhere to discuss regional affairs. This agreement allows GCC residents to travel in these countries without any obligation to seek a visa from a consular post.
The Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC has six main branches that are:
GCC residents and companions travelling with GCC citizens need to apply for a visa online. The will be sent to the registered email address of the applicant once the application is approved and the payment . The applicant will have to show eVisa at the Oman airport, and he/she will get the stamp on his/her passport. This visa is valid for 30 days if the applicant is a GCC resident. The visa can if the applicant wants to continue his/her stay. The entry permit for companions travelling with GCC resident is valid for 60 days.
The applicant will not be allowed to enter Oman in the following cases:
The applicant needs to apply for the Oman Visa at the official website of Oman Embassy. The applicant firstly needs to fill the online application form which is available on the official website of Oman Embassy.
The applicant needs to follow all the instructions and fill up the correct information. The form asks for personal details like name, age, gender, address, and contact details. Other than the personal information, there are fields like the purpose of visit, type of visa, the documents that will be submitted and many more. The applicant must make sure he/she fills up all the mandatory details; otherwise, the form can be rejected.
After filling up the application form the next step is to choose a payment method for the fees. Only Demand Drafts and Bank cheques are accepted for offline payment. For online payment, a credit card with a visa or master card is accepted. The cost may vary based on the type of visa and the number of travellers.
Once the payment is accepted the applicant will receive an email with the application code. Within 1 to 3 days the applicant will receive the confirmation letter through a mail. The applicant needs to attach a printout of the confirmation letter with the other documents that are to be submitted to the authorities. The applicant needs to show the print out of the Visa at the airport, after checking all the details the applicant’s passport will be stamped.
There are websites which provide you with the eVisa. Just make sure that the site is registered with the Government of Oman. It is advisable to apply for eVisa through the official website of the Oman Embassy: www.omanvisagov.com. The website helps individual and legal entities to complete the necessary paperwork for short term stay in Oman.
The most important point is the applicant can apply for eVisa only if he/she meets all the requirements. The applicant is required to fill the application form that is available on the official website. The applicant must fill all the details. After the application is filled, the applicant needs to make the payment. The applicant will receive a mail with the eVisa. The applicant is required to provide the print out of eVisa to the concerned person.
There are Omani Embassy in India. The Omani embassy is the official representative of Oman in India. Omani Embassy is a mediator between the Government of Oman and India. The applicant can apply online, and the process is explained above in brief. After filling up the form, the applicant needs to submit the required documents. The applicant can visit or contact the Omani Embassy in India near your location. The applicant can visit the Omani Embassy in India during office hours. The office hour is 9.30 AM to 4.00 PM.
The Embassy of Sultanate of Oman,
Chandra Gupt Marg,
New Delhi – 110021
Contact details- 011 2688 5622, 011 2688 5623.
The applicant is eligible only if he/she meets the requirements. The basic requirements are:
If the applicant is minor, he/ she must attach his/her birth certificate with other documents. The applicant has to submit a copy of his parent's (father and mother) passport with their consent letter. The consent letter must be notarized.
Tourist Visa is granted to the applicants who visit Oman for tourism purpose.
Employment Visa is issued to the employee who is appointed or sponsored by the Oman Company. This allows the applicant to stay in Oman and work for the Oman Company.
In this Visa, the applicant is required to provide a marriage certificate. The visa is for the applicants whose partner is a citizen of Oman.
Student Resident Visa is for the students who go to Oman for study purpose. This allows the applicant to stay in Oman for 2 to 3 years.
Investor Residence Visa is for the investors who are interested or wants to invest his/her funds in Oman. The investor can stay in Oman for six months.
Express Visa is a visa that is granted to a foreigner for business, festival and other purposes. A resident of Oman must sponsor the foreigner. The visa is issued only on a condition that a resident of Oman takes the responsibility of the foreigner. This visa allows the foreigner to stay in Oman for three weeks.
This Visa is also granted to the resident of Oman who wants to sponsor his/her friend or relative.
This Visa is granted to the foreigners on the request of an Omani Organization. It is also a business visa.
The resident of Oman sponsors artist Visa to the artists who visit Oman to perform on the events in Oman.
Truck driver Visa is given to the truck drivers visit or pass by Oman for trading purpose.
Scientific Visa is granted to the applicants who visit Oman for research purpose.
Ship passenger & crew visa is a visa that is given to the passenger who needs to halt in Oman to reach his/her final destination. This visa is not granted to the people who wish to stay in Oman for business, tourism or medical purpose. This Visa is valid for less than 24 hours.
Visa on arrival is also known as VOA. Visa on arrival is a visa that is issued to the applicant after the applicant reaches the destination. There is no need to issue your visa beforehand. Visa on arrival might sound like an easy process, but sometimes it can be a lengthy process. As people have started using VOA more frequently, people have to wait for their turn.
Oman used to implement VOA, but recently Oman has asked the tourists to apply for Visa on Arrival before one week from the travel date.
Oman visa cost is on the basis of the type of visa. Please, not that the amount mentioned in the list is the approximate amount. The amount may decrease as well as increase.&
|SR.NO.||TYPE OF VISA||Fees in Omani Riyals (approx.)||In rupees (approx.)|
|1.||Tourist Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|2.||Employment Visa or Oman work visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|3.||Family joining & family residence visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|4.||Student Resident Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|5.||Investor Residence Visa or Oman Business visa||-||-|
|6.||Empress Visa||30 Omani Riyals||Rs 5,600|
|7.||Friend,Relative Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|8.||Official visit Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|9.||Artist Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|10.||Truck Driver Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|11.||Scientific Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|12.||Ship Passenger & Crew Visa||20 Omani Riyals||Rs 3,400|
|13.||GCC Residence Visa||05 Omani Riyals||Rs 9,22|
Omani Visa is processed only after the application form is filled with proper details and full payment is made. The processing time depends on the urgency of the visa. The processing time varies from website to website.
It is advised to apply for a visa before one month from the travel date. So that it does not delay or cancel your trip.
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The applicant can apply for a tourist visa online through the official website of the Oman Embassy. If the applicant wants he/she can visit the Oman Embassy in India. The embassy will assist you with the application form and other details.
Oman Business Visa is granted to the applicant who visits Oman for business purpose or business-related work.
Yes, Indians can apply for Oman Visa online through the Official website of the Oman Embassy, or they can visit the Oman Embassy in India for further assistance.
GCC is the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Gulf Cooperation Council is the council formed to carry the cultural affairs between the five states namely Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United States of Emirates.
The applicants who are travelling to GCC countries are entitled to this Visa.
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