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Oman exempts several countries including USA and UK from visa requirements

In a step to rev up its tourism sector and diversify its economy, Oman has announced visa-free entry for tourists from over 100 countries.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has published a list of eligible countries, including Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, China, France and the United States of America,, among others.

Travellers from these countries can stay up to 14 days without a visa, but if they wish to extend their stay, they must apply online for an e-visa for OMR20, the equivalent of 52 dollars, valid for one month.



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Tourism at the dawn of a post-oil future

This decision is part of wider efforts by the Sultanate to enhance its tourism sector, with a 348 percent increase in tourists in 2022 compared to the previous year. At the end of January 2023, revenue of 3-5 star hotels in Oman had risen by 50.8%.

The move is a positive sign for Oman’s economy, which has been seeking to diversify its revenue streams. A recent report projects revenue in the Travel & Tourism market to reach US$471.30m in 2023, with an annual growth rate of 7.20% and a projected market volume of US$622.50m by 2027. The Hotels segment is expected to generate the most revenue, with a projected market volume of US$197.10m in 2023.

With 86% of total revenue projected to come from online sales by 2027, Oman’s decision to offer visa-free entry for tourists is expected to drive more visitors to the country and promote its culture.