E-visas to replace visas on arrival
28 Feb 18
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Beginning March 21, all tourist and express visa applications must be submitted online through the e-visa portal, the Royal Oman Police have announced. Although the police agency has confirmed that privileged nationals may continue to use visas on arrival, visa issuance procedures may change when the new Muscat International Airport opens March 21 and the online e-visa system will become the primary application method.
What does the change mean? International travelers, including expatriates in the region who make visa runs to Oman, should plan on applying online before travel and not relying on visas on arrival. Companies will need to register and activate a company account on the e-visa system.
- Implementation time frame: March 21.
- Visas/permits affected: Tourist, multiple-entry visas, and express visas; e-visas.
- Who is affected: Individuals and companies applying for e-visas.
- Impact on processing times: Applicants should apply online ahead of travel and print out the e-visa.
- Business impact: Companies should register an account and factor in additional time to apply and receive approval online.
Background: The e-visa program, which was introduced in 2017, requires users to fill out an online application, pay the government fee and upload supporting documents.
BAL Analysis: Travelers who rely on tourist or express visas should be aware that they will need to apply for an e-visa before travel starting March 21. Privileged nationals are also reminded that visa procedures are likely to change starting March 21.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Oman. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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