Oman eases visa rules

The government has eased visa rules for national of 65 countries during the Muscat Festival.

Citizens of these countries, which includes India, can get visit visas on arrival at airport or land border-posts, the Oman Daily Observer reported.

The new visa regulations came into force on January 5.

The present tourist visa, transit visa and business visa have been combined into one type of visa called visit visa. This two-week visa costs RO7 and can be extended for a two weeks more for an additional fee of RO7.

Expatriate residents of fellow Gulf states will be granted a multi-entry one-month visa during the Muscat Festival. The visa costs RO3 and is available to all regardless of sex, age and occupation. Festival organisers expect 1.5 million visitors, mainly from the Gulf states, to visit Oman during the festival.

The 38-day Muscat Festival ends on February 14.