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Oman launches eVisa service

Oman has launched an eVisa service in a bid to boost tourism in the country. Tourists wanting to visit Oman can now apply online for visas at

This aims to increase arrivals from key markets such as China, Russia and the US and to drive the demand for experiential travel. The first phase of the rollout includes non-sponsored tourist visas for 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions.

Salim Adi Al Mamari, director general of tourism promotion at the Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said: “The sultanate’s announcement of the eVisa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the coming years as this provides not only tourists but also investors, businessmen, researchers and students easier access to visa processing.

“Last year, the number of tourist arrivals reached three million and it is expected to increase to more than 4 million by 2020.”