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Oman announced the exemption of 103 country nationals from entry visas to the Sultanate for a period of ten days and mandated mandated certain specific controls and conditions. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Muscat: Oman announced the exemption of 103 country nationals from entry visas to the Sultanate for a period of ten days and mandated certain specific controls and conditions. This includes the presence of a prior and confirmed hotel reservation, health insurance and a return travel ticket for tourists wishing to visit the Sultanate.

The Royal Oman Police shared the names of those countries whose nationals are allowed to enter the Sultanate without a visa, complying to the mandatory conditions in this regard. Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Andorra, Italy, Bulgaria, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Georgia, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Belgium, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Cyprus, Ukraine, Spain, Czech Republic, Vatican, Austria, Ireland, Britain, Poland, Slovakia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Netherlands from European region feature in the list of countries exempt from entry visa for a period ten days.

From South America, citizens of countries including Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Sirnam , Argentina, Brazil and Chile are exempt from visa for entering Oman for a period of ten days.

Landmark decision

Other countries included in this landmark decision are Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Russia, People’s Republic of China, Seychelles, USA, Brunei Darussalam, Turkey, Korea, South New Zealand, Iran, Ghana, French Australia Indonesia, Taiwan, Canada, Malaysia, Macau Island, Singapore, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Morocco, India, Armenia, Panama, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkmenistan, Honduras, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Laos, Albania, Bhutan, Peru, Maldives, Salvador, Vietnam, Cuba, and Mexico.

The names of Arab Countries added to this list include Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritania. Citizens of GCC countries have been in the list of permissible countries for a long time.

Last week Oman gave the green signal to resume issuance of visit visas, through Destination Management Companies and hotels, subject to all COVID-19 compliant requirements as mandated by the Omani authorities.