Visa Requirements for Oman

Mar 29, 2015 | | Say something

Traveling to Oman and the Visa Requirements

Oman is a ruggedly beautiful and geographically diverse country. Covered with a gravel desert and mountain ranges, and bordered by the coasts of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. A popular international tourist destination, this gem of the Arabian Desert offers everything from local culture to posh hotels for its visitors. With its breathtaking wadis, white sand beaches, and spectacular mountain views, it’s no wonder that so many people flock to Oman every year. But, as with any international destination, there are requirements for travel that visitors must adhere to in order to plan a trip to Oman.

In order to travel to Oman, you must have both a passport from your country of origin and a visa from the Omani government. Omani embassies and consulates can issue multiple-entry tourist and/or business visas that are valid for up to two years. Immigration officials at the port of entry will determine the length of the visitor’s stay. U.S. citizens can obtain a thirty-day visa by presenting a valid passport upon their arrival at all sea, air, and land entry points, as long as the passport is not within six months of its expiration date. It’s also a good idea to have adequate funds and proof of a return or onward ticket with you.

You can extend your stay for an additional thirty days by paying a fee of six Rials Omani (equivalent to about sixteen US Dollars). You should pay that fee to the Directorate General of Passports and Residence or at its branches at the offices of the Royal Omani Police. You can also arrange other types of short-term visits, but you’ll have to find an Omani sponsor to help you to make these arrangements. You should also be aware that Oman has strict laws about letting people with HIV into the country.

The Omani government prohibits pornography and firearms. Visitors are limited to carrying two bottles of alcohol. Any items that are not in conformity to these laws or to standards of cultural appropriateness are subject to confiscation, including CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiocassettes. And whatever you do, don’t lose your passport. Omani law requires you to report the theft to the Royal Omani Police, and then to place an advertisement in local newspapers to try and get it back. This can significantly impact your travel plans, so it’s best to keep your passport with you at all times.

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