Most international travelers need a visa or eVisa to travel to Oman. Here's how to get the electronic travel authorization for Oman quickly and easily.
Most international travelers who are not citizens of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, or the United Arab Emirates require a visa or eVisa for travel to Oman longer than 14 days.
Traveling to Oman has been drastically simplified by introducing the eVisa with its low-cost, fast, and non-bureaucratic application process. Obtaining a digital entry permit is possible for nationals of over 70 countries.
Travel to Oman has been greatly simplified with the introduction of the fast and unbureaucratic eVisa. Obtaining the digital travel authorization is possible for the nationals of over 70 countries (called G1 countries) and entitles them to stay up to 30 days at a time for tourism purposes.
To boost the economy, the Omani government has introduced further exemptions from the visa or eVisa requirement for travel to Oman: travelers from over 100 countries ("G1 Special" countries) are allowed to enter Oman for up to 14 days without first applying for an eVisa. These countries include all member states of the EU, Japan, the USA, and the United Kingdom.
The eVisa for Oman is available as an unsponsored visa with one-month validity and a sponsored visa with three months validity.
The tourist visa (26B Tourist Visit Visa) is most commonly used for a stay of up to 30 days. Only nationals from "Group-1" (G1) countries can apply for it. These include:
|eVisa Oman: eligible countries (G1-countries)|
|South Africa||South Korea||Spain||Suriname|
Nationals of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia can also apply for an eVisa for Oman, provided they are married to a person from the G-1 eVisa countries mentioned here or if they are children of one of those. In this case, the entry must be joint, and the relationship must be proven by a certificate at the border.
Other categories of tourist eVisa for Oman include the GCC Country Visa for travelers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and the Multiple-Entry Visa (25D), which is valid for five years and entitles the holder to multiple entries. This visa is available to nationals of a total of 227 countries.
eVisas issued to nationals from New Zealand have a validity of 90 days instead of 30.
In addition to the official eVisa countries, nationals of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, as well as their spouses and children, may apply for an eVisa to Oman, provided they simultaneously hold a visa or residence permit for the Schengen Area, Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
If you want to travel to Oman on an eVisa, then in addition to being a citizen of one of the G1 countries (or belonging to a group that is exempt), you must meet other requirements. These are:
During the application process for an eVisa for Oman, you will need to upload the following documents:
Both files must have a size below 512 KB and short file names without special characters.
If you plan to travel to Oman with children, you must apply for a separate eVisa for each child. As a precaution, carry a consent form in English or Arabic with you during your trip if you are a single parent or guardian traveling with children.
Both parents must sign the consent form. A passport copy of the other parent or guardian, or an international birth certificate, may also be required.
If you are traveling to Oman with an unsponsored eVisa for tourists, then the validity is 30 days. Sponsored eVisas are valid for three months. Sponsored eVisas are valid for three months.
The application process for an eVisa to Oman takes between five and ten minutes on the eVisa application page of our partner iVisa. Please have your personal data, your hotel and flight bookings, as well as your passport and passport photo ready.
After you have selected the matching eVisa there, enter your data and upload both the copy of your passport and your digital passport photo. In the subsequent overview, check the correctness of the information you have provided once again and then submit your application.
Normally, you will receive a message about the approval of your eVisa for Oman within 24 hours. However, in rare cases, it may take a few days.
Rejection of an eVisa for Oman can happen for different reasons. Among the most common ones are the lack of information and upload documents, wrong formats in the submitted files, and spelling mistakes (e.g., in the passport number).
Another possible reason: if immigration officials feel that you want to live and work in Oman or could pose a threat to the country and its people, they will reject your eVisa application.
A rejection is unlikely if the application is submitted correctly and personal eligibility is met. Nevertheless, these cases do occur, and the immigration authorities' decisions in Oman are not always transparent.
Upon an eVisa rejection, you will most likely no longer be eligible for the automatic eVisa system. If this happens, we recommend that you apply for a classic visa at the Royal Oman Police.
In the immigration area of the airport, the Omani border officials will make a final decision about the approval of your entry into the country. Have all relevant entry documents ready for this moment. These include:
Before entering Oman, check the exact import regulations. All luggage you bring with you will be screened upon arrival and may also be searched.
The importation of many foods, especially certain animal products, is prohibited. Magazines and films with "objectionable" content may also be confiscated. Medicines should only be imported with an English or Arabic language certificate.
Do you have further questions about the Oman visa? You'll find what you are looking for in our FAQ:
Your entry into Oman must happen before the expiration date indicated on your eVisa. In other words, the last day of your eVisa validity is also your last possible day of entry.
This also means that you only need to re-apply for a new eVisa if your current permit has already expired. However, keep in mind that your eVisa is tied to the validity of your passport. If you apply for a new passport, you will also need a new eVisa.
Your application for an eVisa to Oman is usually approved within 24 hours. However, in individual cases, it may take several days. Therefore, we recommend an early application, e.g., 14 days before your departure.
With an eVisa for Oman, you are not allowed to pursue professional employment there. If you plan to take up work, you must apply for a work visa with the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
During your vacation in Oman, you can extend your eVisa once for the same duration as the original permit. So if you have the eVisa 26B (Tourist Visa, Single Entry, 30 days), then you are allowed to extend it once for another 30 days.
To arrange the extension, contact the Royal Oman Police locally, for example, through the information desk at the airport.
You are allowed to stay in Oman for up to six hours without a transit visa if you have an onward ticket and are traveling on the same plane. Only if you want to leave the airport do you need an eVisa.
Rejections are rare but can occur due to a variety of reasons. If your application is rejected, you can apply for a conventional visa at the Royal Oman Police.
Omani officials will check your entry documents upon arrival. Please have your passport, hotel reservation, return or onward flight ticket, and a printout of your eVisa approval ready.
Please read the entry requirements and security advice for entering Oman. Also, be aware of import regulations prohibiting certain foods, magazines, and medicines without English or Arabic certificates.
The eVisa is tied to the duration and purpose of your intended stay. Changing your travel plans, especially from a tourist trip to a business trip or vice versa, may cause complications at the border. Make sure your eVisa matches your travel plans.
Carry documents such as an international birth certificate and a consent form signed by both parents in English or Arabic to prove your relationship when traveling with children.
Medical tourism is permitted with an eVisa. However, ensure that your stay is consistent with the duration and purpose of the eVisa and carry the appropriate medical documentation.
Overstaying your eVisa for Oman can result in penalties and complications for future travel. Always stay within the length of stay stated on your eVisa.
A return ticket is required to apply for an eVisa for Oman. Please ensure that your travel plans match the information provided during the application process.