Heavy rush witnessed as services began

Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) have called upon everyone to adhere to the Ministry of Health MoH guidelines against COVID-19, just as the ROP services have been reopened. Heavy rush witnessed as services began on Wednesday.

All visa, passport, emigration and traffic services offered by the Royal Oman Police (ROP), which were temporarily stopped after the COVID-19 outbreak, have resumed, according to the ROP sources.

People can avail of the ROP services from any of the centres except for the renewal of overdue visit and express visas.

Strict adherence to safety measures is a prerequisite for the people to enter the service centres, according to the ROP.

“All those who need ROP services can avail them from Wednesday. They should comply with the preventive measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health,” a top official told the Observer.

All the services at the General Directorate of Passport and Residence, including civil status, visa issuance, visa stamping, and resident card services along with GD of traffic were suspended on March 19 after several cases of the pandemic were reported in the country.

The closure of the services had affected the entry of the public to ROP facilities at traffic, passport, and residence and civil status departments. However, people were allowed to drive with expired driving license and stranded tourists were allowed to stay until the services were open.

Additionally, the ROP have kept many self-service kiosks for the renewal of vehicle registration.