It now allows Indians who have a valid US visa or those with a resident permit/visa to any of the Schengen countries, as well those with an entry visa to Australia, Canada, Australia, and the UK to enter the Sultanate of Oman to receive a non-sponsored tourist visa.
The Oman Airports Management Co (OAMC) said in a statement that the visa shall be granted for one month for a fee of Omani Rial 20 (Rs 3,380). The spouse and children of the visa holder would also be allowed to enter the Sultanate. The applicants, however, must also have a return ticket and confirmed hotel reservation in order to be granted the visa, it added.
“We are extremely pleased with the recent development of facilitating non-sponsored tourist visa for the citizens of India, China and Russia,” said Salim Adi Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Oman.
Well, it appears that the Indian passport is gaining more value. Malaysia has introduced an e-visa, the UAE relaxed visa rules for Indians in September, and Qatar announced visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including India, in August. No better time than now to travel, right?
What’s there to see in Oman?
Oman is known for its high mountains, silky sand dunes, preserved fortresses, and breathtaking fjords.
Why should you go?
The influential travel site Skift named Oman its number one “big, soul-satisfying place to visit” in 2015.
Top places to see:
Bahla’s Jabreen Castle – the town itself is a World Heritage Site
Sohar – the home of Sinbad, the Sailor
Salalah – the perfume capital of the Middle East, with a UNESCO-listed frankincense plantation.
The Omani Grand Canyon (Wadi Ghul)