Oman to grant visa on arrival to Indians who have a valid visa of US, UK, Canada, Australia, Schengen or Japan
Gulf nations are going all out to woo Indian travellers. Now, Oman has also relaxed visa rules for Indians after its neighbours like UAE and Qatar. Oman will now grant unsponsored tourist visa on arrival to Indians “who reside in or hold an entry visa to any one of these countries — US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan and Schengen States”.
“Oman visa on arrival can also be availed by the spouse (husband/wife) and children of the visa holder of any of these six mentioned countries as long as they are accompanying him/her, even if they do not hold a visa from these countries,” Oman tourism has said in a mail to travel agents. Such people will be given a visa for a period of one month for a fee of 20 Omani Rial.
However, to avail of this, visa applicants must ensure things like their passport is valid for not less than six months and that they have a confirmed hotel ticket and hotel accommodation.
While Oman has done this now, UAE, which is the single biggest destination for Indian travellers, also grants visa on arrival to Indian Nationals with a valid US Visa (minimum 6 months). Last August, Qatar had allowed Indians and nationals of 46 other countries to stay for up to 60 days there without getting a prior visa.
Indians are the biggest tourism source market for UAE. Dubai tourism recently said India had emerged as the “number one source market for Dubai’s inbound tourism.” Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority had also recently said India is “undisputedly one of the largest key markets for the tourism and travel industry.”