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Oman visa on arrival for US/UK citizens still?

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Old Jun 19, 19, 3:49 am
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Oman visa on arrival for US/UK citizens still?

This internet is very unclear on this. Some sources say you can still get visa on arrival if arriving by air, others say you need to apply online in advance. Can anyone here put this to rest for me. We are 1 US citizen and 1 UK citizen. Thanks!
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Old Jun 19, 19, 3:59 am
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There is no more visa on arrival

You need to apply for an e-visa online through Royal Oman Police
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Old Jun 19, 19, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by ajeleonard View Post
There is no more visa on arrival

You need to apply for an e-visa online through Royal Oman Police
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Old Jun 19, 19, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
This internet is very unclear on this. Some sources say you can still get visa on arrival if arriving by air, others say you need to apply online in advance. Can anyone here put this to rest for me. We are 1 US citizen and 1 UK citizen. Thanks!
Yes, you can obtain a visa on arrival, but it costs 1 Omani rial more than the e-visa.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31095271-post29.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTo...vernorate.html
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Old Jun 20, 19, 7:21 am
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Yes, you can obtain a visa on arrival, but it costs 1 Omani rial more than the e-visa.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31095271-post29.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTo...vernorate.html
are you sure? Some info indicates they discontinued VOA.
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Well, if you don't want to believe random tripadvisor posts, you don't have to.
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Old Jun 21, 19, 7:04 pm
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
are you sure? Some info indicates they discontinued VOA.
You asked. If you prefer to go with the first, misleading, reply; fine.




I can categorically inform you that on my last visit, a month back, the VOA desks were doing brisk business.

Of course things can change from one day to the next. So advice based on my last visit could be misleading

The US and Canadian governments' advice from their embassies in situ could be wrong.


IATA and TIMATIC could be wrong

United States of America (USA) - Oman (OMN) 22 Jun 2019
  • Visa may be obtained on arrival in Oman. Maximum stay of 30 days.









You could look at the US Gov travel site yourself:
https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...ages/Oman.html

U.S. citizens should apply for tourist visas in advance via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa website. Tourist visas (including 2-year multiple entry visitor visas) are also available upon arrival at airports and land crossings



Or the Canadian government's advise:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/oman

Canadians must have a visa to visit Oman. You can obtain and pay for a visa upon arrival at Muscat International Airport. You can also obtain a visa on-line. Obtaining your visa before arriving would allow you to avoid delays.
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Old Jun 22, 19, 1:02 am
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Just trying to be sure. I'd prefer on arrival. Want to make sure I don't show up for my flight and get IDB'd because no e-visa. Thx.
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Note that the USA government's information regarding entry into foreign countries is neither authoritative nor binding. The same is true for the UK, which sets the standards for entry into the UK only.
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I traveled to Oman this past January. I attempted an e-visa, but after sending 3 versions of a photo (meeting 'passport quality'), I gave up as every time a message came back as the photo not being acceptable. I just ate the cost of the failed e-visa and obtained a VOA. It was very fast noting that it was 2 AM in Muscat. (USC BTW)
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I traveled to Oman this past January. I attempted an e-visa, but after sending 3 versions of a photo (meeting 'passport quality'), I gave up as every time a message came back as the photo not being acceptable. I just ate the cost of the failed e-visa and obtained a VOA. It was very fast noting that it was 2 AM in Muscat. (USC BTW)
sounds like pending some information that VOA is indeed off the table, that it's the way to go.
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Old Jun 23, 19, 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK View Post
You asked. If you prefer to go with the first, misleading, reply; fine.




I can categorically inform you that on my last visit, a month back, the VOA desks were doing brisk business.

Of course things can change from one day to the next. So advice based on my last visit could be misleading

The US and Canadian governments' advice from their embassies in situ could be wrong.


IATA and TIMATIC could be wrong

United States of America (USA) - Oman (OMN) 22 Jun 2019
  • Visa may be obtained on arrival in Oman. Maximum stay of 30 days.









You could look at the US Gov travel site yourself:
https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...ages/Oman.html

U.S. citizens should apply for tourist visas in advance via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa website. Tourist visas (including 2-year multiple entry visitor visas) are also available upon arrival at airports and land crossings



Or the Canadian government's advise:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/oman

Canadians must have a visa to visit Oman. You can obtain and pay for a visa upon arrival at Muscat International Airport. You can also obtain a visa on-line. Obtaining your visa before arriving would allow you to avoid delays.
If there has been any practical interruption in VOA at MCT this year, it’s news to me — at least when it comes to US and Canadian citizens coming to Oman for sub-10 day tourist stays. And the evisa process this year for such tourists has messed up more people whom I know to have visited MCT after flying into MCT than VOA. VOA at MCT is simple and generally fast enough even during the busier hours of the day that I wouldn’t waste my time doing the evisa when VOA is working just fine for the purpose of the trip.

We have used the Omani VOA repeatedly this year — even before and after reports of its demise — so stories of it being dead remind me of stories about Boris Johnson being targeted by a RIRA plot using nerve agents of the sort beloved by Russia.

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Old Jun 25, 19, 8:06 am
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Originally Posted by GetSetJetSet View Post
Just trying to be sure. I'd prefer on arrival. Want to make sure I don't show up for my flight and get IDB'd because no e-visa. Thx.
The airline will not let you in the plane if you need a visa other than one issued on arrival.

Airline's tend to rely of information provided by Timatic rather than random jottings by odd folk on the internet. You might do the same.

If you are still worried, stop searching for a definitive answer. Just get a visa online. You'll be able to sleep at night and save OMR 1.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 8:18 am
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Note that the USA government's information regarding entry into foreign countries is neither authoritative nor binding. The same is true for the UK, which sets the standards for entry into the UK only.
the US government's information is just a tad more reliable and accurate than that provided by random strangers in the internet.

It's clearly not binding. I think only a nutter would expect a sovereign state to comply with the pronouncements of the US government in this area. Even in the Times of Trump
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