Short-term tourist visas for Indian travellers to Oman launched

MUSCAT: Indian travellers to Oman can avail a new short-term tourist visa at RO 5 equivalent to IRS 945 for a period of 10 days.
Indians who hold a valid visa to any one of these countries — United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Schengen states can avail the Oman visa through an e-visa process by simply logging on to https://evisa.rop.gov.om/ and make the RO 5 payment on checkout, whereas other Indian travellers can get a sponsored visa by paying RO 5 plus processing fee through their tour operators.
This is in addition to the existing e-visa for Oman which is available at RO 20 with a validity of one month. The amendments include dividing tourist visas into three sections: 10 days, one month and one year.
Since 2014, Oman has witnessed over 31 per cent growth in Indian arrivals. In 2017 alone, Oman received 321,161 Indian visitors, showcasing growth of over seven per cent in just one year.
Oman Air, the national carrier, is connected via direct flights with major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Kochi, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Calicut and Trivandrum. Besides, Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and IndiGo are also well connected from various cities of India.
The Ministry of Tourism conducted the first leg of the multi-city roadshow in New Delhi on Monday.
The event witnessed around 50 key members of Delhi’s travel trade in a bid to bridge connections between local travel agents and destination management companies, hotels and attraction operators in Oman.
Officials from the Ministry of Tourism, led by Maitha bint Saif al Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), along with representative partners from the tourism industry and Oman Air were present at the roadshow.
Maitha said, “The objective of the roadshow is to highlight the various facets of Oman as a destination and to create awareness about the new segments and offerings that the country has to offer. We see India as a promising potential market and has witnessed significant growth over a period of time. The Indian traveller is in a rapid state of evolution and is looking to be engaged in many ways. We recognise and acknowledge the demand we see from India and other potential markets. Hence, as part of the Sultanate’s National Tourism Strategy 2040, the Ministry of Tourism seeks to introduce the sector’s latest developments, services, projects and facilities of the tourism industry, such as opening the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport and launching the Electronic Visa. It also aims to promote the Sultanate’s unique cultural heritage, the pristine environment and terrain diversification that will allow tourists to experience the destination.”