Oman Launches e-Visa Service
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Gulf Times -- Oman has launched a new e-Visa service with the aim of boosting the Sultanate’s tourism sector in the coming years. Tourists planning to visit Oman can apply online for visas by submitting their applications on www.evisa.rop.gov.om, according to a press statement. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions.
Through the e-Visa system, visitors can get their visa applications processed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Oman. Tourists will only need to fill up the form online and attach the necessary documents as well as pay for the application by credit card through a Global Payment Gateway that is officially certified by Oman, the statement explains. All applicants will receive notifications through the e-mails provided.
“The Sultanate’s announcement of the e-Visa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the coming years as this provides not only tourists but also investors, businessmen, researchers and students easier access to visa processing. Last year, the number of tourist arrivals reached 3mn and it is expected to increase to more than 4mn by 2020,” Salim Adi al-Mamari, Director-General of Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Tourism in Oman, said.
The e-Visa system will also allow Oman to receive more tourists from key markets, such as China, Russia and the US and drive the demand for experiential travel to the Sultanate, the statement adds.