Indians constituted the top five nationalities who visited the Sultanate of Oman this year.
Besides 907,000 GCC nationals, 369,000 Indians visited Oman at the end of July this year, followed by 92,000 Germans, 81,000 Chinese and 71,000 Yemenis visited the Sultanate this year.
Indian nationals also formed the major chunk of passengers using Muscat International Airport with 105,419 departures and 63,575 arrivals.
Indian nationals visiting the Sultanate of Oman can avail of 14-day short-stay visas and even one-month sponsored visas easily through registered travel agents or online.
Some applicants can apply for an unsponsored visa if they have a valid residence permit or visa from Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, the USA, a Schengen country, or a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residency card.
In July, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism launched a roadshow in India for 170 travel agents. According to Asma al Hajri, Deputy Director-General of Tourism Promotions, Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, there has been a significant increase in Indian visitors to Oman, reaching a 126-per cent rise in April compared to the same month last year.
Oman anticipates welcoming over 500,000 Indian tourists this year, demonstrating the growing appeal of the country as a tourist hotspot.
The roadshow showcased a variety of engaging visitor experiences, including exhilarating off-road excursions, trips to ancient forts and castles, and the opportunity to immerse in genuine Omani rural life.
Attendees were enthralled by the captivating story of the land of frankincense, offering a glimpse into the nation’s rich history. The presentation also highlighted the mesmerising splendour of Khareef (monsoon) season when the entire city turns lush green.