Oman's e-Visa gate to cut queues at airport

Muscat International Airport passenger terminal is now equipped with e-Visa gates, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT)

Oman's e-Visa gate to cut queues at airport.
Oman's e-Visa gate to cut queues at airport.

Visitors to Muscat, Oman can now skip the long immigration line and instead enter through the e-Visa gates in place at Muscat International Airport (MCT), according to the Ministry of Tourism.

The e-Visa is part of the government’s effort to digitise everything and simplify the process for visitors entering the Sultanate, MoT under-secretary Maitha al Mahrouqi said in a report by Oman Daily Observer. All prospective visitors can head to to apply and track the visa application.

“Now everything is digitised. Worldwide this process is moving towards electronic platform. It will have a positive impact on the tourism sector,” Mahrouqi added.

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However, visitors do have the choice of getting a visa on arrival but Mahrouqi said wanst to encourage tourists to choose the e-Visa option to skip the long queues at the airport.

“Now, every single tourist coming to Oman can avail of e-Visa online. Even tour operators and travel agencies can offer this facility for their clients,” she added.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) had earlier announced it would stop receiving applications for tourism and express visas at its service centres from March 21, 2018 and will instead only be received electronically.

Marouqi said with the expansion of MCT and other airports, Oman will see an expected annual growth of over 13% in tourist arrivals.

“We have many projects awaiting completion. Around 20,000 hotel rooms have been established across the country which will not only increase the number of tourist arrivals, but contribute to the national GDP,” Marouqi noted.

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