As of March 2018, Oman visas on arrival are no longer available, not even in Muscat. The Royal Oman Police announced that visas on arrival for all eligible nationalities have been replaced with the electronic visa. However, that is good news for everyone because you are no longer required to stand in line at the arrival terminal. All you have to do is apply online by employing the services provided by iVisa. The visa application process is entirely online, and you can get your document in as little as 12 hours.
What are the requirements for an Oman electronic visa?
The first requirement is that you qualify for an e-visa. Otherwise, you need to go to the nearest embassy and apply there. But if you are eligible, you can enjoy the electronic system. iVisa does not ask much of you, and your efforts are minimal. Even so, here is what you need to provide:
Passport – all applicants need to have a valid passport that remains valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Oman. Otherwise, you risk having your application denied.
A passport scan – the information page is the most important
A digital photo of yourself – make sure that it is taken in the last 6 months.
E-mail address – when you apply with iVisa, you will receive the visa via e-mail, so make sure that you introduce a valid and correct e-mail address.
Means of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment such as credit/debit cards, Paypal, Alipay, or WeChat.
Valid visa or residence permit – some nationalities require a valid visa or a residence permit issued by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, or Australia. These nationalities would not be able to apply for an Oman e-visa otherwise. Make sure that you find out if this is the case for you as well.
Oman e-visa – processing time and fees
iVisa gives you the opportunity to choose from three processing times, and the cost differs for all of them. However, another factor that has an impact on your visa cost is the visa type and nationality. Let’s start with a single-entry, 30-day visa. You can choose from the following:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 72 hours, and the price is $82.
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 48 hours, and the fee is $132.
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your Oman e-visa in just 12 hours, but you will be charged $162.
If you want multiple entries, you need to pay $160, $210, or $240 respectively. If you have a GCC residence permit, then the prices go down to $43, $93, or $123 respectively.
The application form
iVisa designed a reasonably simple application form. There are three steps you need to complete. The first one expects you to fill in your personal information, as well as to choose a processing time and visa type. The second consists of revision and payment, while the third is reserved for additional documents upload. Once you are done, just submit your application and wait. The visa will arrive within the timeframe you selected via e-mail.
While you are no longer able to get an Oman visa once you arrive in Muscat, you have the chance to apply online for an Oman e-visa. After all, if you used to be eligible for a visa on arrival, you are eligible for an e-visa too. iVisa can help you get it so that you do not have to go through too much trouble.