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Well this has been talked about for months, but finally the tourist visa fees have been amended.

There are three types of tourist visa now -

24 hour Cruise - free
10 day tourist - RO 5
30 day tourist - unchanged at RO 20

Which I think is something that will genuinely help promote tourism for people. For example, if I was flying to Thailand from Europe (Oman Air flies to... UK, France & Germany (and probably others, I dont know) a very affordable (right now) way to get there is to fly with Oman Air via Muscat. With the fee now only being RO 5, suddenly Muscat becomes a lot more attractive for a day or two stop-over on the way to or from a far eastern vacation - as an example.

There's a big difference between $52 and $13!

More soon.

le fin.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's great but they could've reduced the 30 day visa to 15rials...

Anonymous said...

Great news, but they're still hitting the '2 week' tourists, they should have made it 5 OMR for 15 days.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, 30 days traveller deserves attention too !

Anonymous said...

Great news! Someone told me the change was initiated by cruise operators. It seems that 24h cruise passengers were being charged the full OMR20 to come ashore for a few hours. The government have realised that Omani tradesmen (particularly Muttrah Souk I would have thought) were losing potential income as tourists were simply staying on the boat having been put off by the massive visa fee.

muscatbea said...

I agree the 30 days visa should have been reduced, after all, the tourists are here for those 30days spending money here...

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