Obtaining Tourist Visa for Oman

December 2020:

Oman is now issuing tourism visas via hotels and agencies, and although airports and land borders are open, no visa on arrival is available.

Currently there is a requirement for a pre-flight PCR test, plus one on arrival (payable).  Arrivals must quarantine in their hotel room for up to 14 days.  They can be released early subject to a negative result from a PCR test (payable) on day 8 of their confinement.

We anticipate that things might change with regard to quarantine requirement soon.

There has been mention in the local press that free visa on arrival visas will be available to many nationalities, though it might be some time til this actually happens.

Saudi Arabia is currently not issuing tourist visas nor admitting them at their land or air borders.  The rate of infection is now very low in Saudi and we expect that they may reopen to tourists quite soon.

Sultanate of Oman

Nationals of the following countries can apply for an e-visa, up to 29 days before their date of travel.  if you do not hold a passport from one of the countries on the list below, you will need to arrange a visa through an agency.

Currently those on list 1 are able to obtain a visa upon arrival – at land borders there is no difference in price however at Muscat Airport they cost 1 OMR on top of the visa price.  Annual muti-entry visas can only be applied for online.

If you do not need an agency to apply on your behalf, you should use the official Royal Oman Police (ROP) website here.

We recommend you apply for an e-visa as this streamlines your arrival into the sultanate.  Marina has written an easy to follow guide which can be found here.  You will also find a list of “list one”countries on the blogpost.

Visa on arrival cost

10 day visit visa 5 Omani Rials (OMR)

30 day visit visa for 20 OMR

Annual multi-entry visa for 50 OMR

In addition, GCC based expats holding an approved profession can also obtain a 28 day single entry Foreign GCC Resident Visa for 5 OMR.


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

There is only one type of visa issued for tourism, and it is an annual multi-entry visa which allows you to stay up to a total of 90 days.

Nationalities eligible for a tourism visa are

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marion, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, United States.

If your country is not on this list, we are sorry you will not be able to enter Saudi for tourism purposes at this time.

Apply for your visa online here

Cost of visa – 440 Saudi Arabia Riyals (SAR), around $117



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