"Omani visa requirements" Oman Transportation Tip by SalsaNikki
Oman Transportation: 47 reviews and 37 photos
This tip was correct when we wrote it (Mar 2004) but apparently it's not uncommon for the requirements to change with no warning.
Also, we checked with the Omani government website and its advice didn't match with our experience, and that is also not uncommon!
A relative in Dubai is fairly certain that the exact requirements depend on the day you go!
We flew from Dubai to Oman (we had already entered Dubai for one night - we weren't in transit).
Visitors from the EU need an Omani tourist visa which you get at the airport. However, the visa will cost you 6 Omani Rials per person, and you must have exact money in local currency.
We'd been organised and got our money - but we didn't have small denominations. There is a Travelex bureau on the arrival side of the airport, but there is also a HUGE queue.
Our advice would be get your money before travelling, and the minute you get off the plane (if in a group!) get one person to join the queue for immigration, and another to grab the little blue forms.
Fill in the forms while you stand in the VERY slow queue. It took us two hours to clear immigration.
Also, be prepared to queue again on the way out - there seems to be a lot of staring at passports and computer screens involved in leaving the country (they disappeared with our passports for thirty minutes with no explanation, only to then return and say "No problem.")
Just relax and wait it out. It's worth it!