Oman relaxes visa rules

Oman has reportedly relaxed rules on multiple entry visas for some countries in a bid to boost its economy and its tourism industry.

People visiting from 38 countries can now stay for three months instead of three weeks.

It is hoped the extension will encourage investors and tourists to get to know Oman better and spend more time and money there.

Inbound tourism to Oman in 2015 generated US$651.9 million (OR250.9 million), almost double the figure a decade ago, according to statistics from the government web portal.

Tourists and investors faced fines for over-staying their visa duration under the old system, which allowed 21-day visits on a first trip under the multiple entry visa.

Some 38 countries’ citizens are eligible for the new visa, including, the UK, most of central Europe, Ireland and parts of eastern Europe. India, Bangladesh and the Philippines citizens can apply for the extended visa, but require a sponsor in Oman.

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