A visa is required to enter Oman.
There were several changes in 2017 and 2018 to the visa application process which came into force with immediate effect and without prior notice.
The current status (Dec 2018) is that you must apply for the visa online, although there is still an emergency counter at the airport to issue visa to visitors upon arrival at the airport.
Therefore, until further notice, our recommendation is to apply for the visa in advance in order to avoid the risk of denied boarding on flights, to avoid waiting times on arrival, and to avoid the risk of further changes on short notice.
There are visas for OMR 5 (about EUR 12,50) with a validity of up to 10 days (not renewable) and visas for OMR 20 (about EUR 50) with a validity of up to 30 days (extendable for another 30 days for the same amount)
Application for a visa is to be made online via the website of the Royal Oman Police
Important: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after end of your intended stay.
The online application is still tricky and you need time, some computer skills, and good nerves (because the system crashes from time to time).
Here are a couple of tips:
First log in as user. Tourist visas are "non sponsered" visas. You will need a scan of your passports and passport photos (the files must not exceed 550 kb). You have to pay by credit card. The passport photos must be in good quality (a scan of the image in the passport is not because of the watermarks!) At the end of the process appears a list with the names for which you have applied for visa, in the right column are pdf - files, these please open and print before closing the window, - this is the receipt that you have paid. Unfortunately, on some computers in the middle of the process, the navigation no longer appears. In this case, try again from another device.
You will then receive two emails, one that you have requested and a little later one that the visa has been approved.
Often you can not find the attachment advertised in these messages (depending on the computer and the browser) When you retrieve the message from your smartphone, the attachment can often be opened. Or you go to the server interface of your email account and see the message there, where you can open the attachment.
Please note that as a rule on Fridays and Saturdays no processing of the online visa applications takes place!
Unfortunately, the visa can no longer be applied for at the Omani embassy.
If you have any questions or problems, contact the organizer who sold you the trip.
Please understand that we cannot provide telephone support for customers of other organizers when applying for a visa.
We gladly process the visa applications of clients who have made their travel arrangements with us.
Addresses of Omani Embassies:
Clayallee 82, 14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 - 810 0510, Fax: +49 30 - 8100 5197
Währingerstr. 2-4, 1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1-3108643 / 310 8643, Fax: +43 1 3107268
3A Chemin de Roibot, 1292 Chabésy/GE
Tel.: +41 22 - 7589660, Fax: +41 22-7589666
Entering Oman by land via the United Arab Emirates
German nationals need a valid visa to enter Oman from the United Arab Emirates. When traveling from Oman to the United Arab Emirates, it should be noted that an Omani visa is issued for single-entry and does not entitle one to re-enter Oman, but requires a new visa.
In addition, the visa requirements of the United Arab Emirates should be observed. Upon arrival in the Emirates at the airport in Dubai there are currently no fees levied for a tourist visa. But if you travel from the Emirates over land to Oman, for example, to Musandam, you will have to pay an exit fee to the Emirates plus the entry visa to Oman.
Regulations pertaining to visa are promulgated by the authorities of each country, and are subject to change without notice. It is traveler's own responsibility to fulfill the terms and conditions as required.
The import of weapons, pornography, alcohol, Israeli currency and fresh food is forbidden. Bringing in plants or flowers with roots or bulbs requires a special license.
Video cassettes, DVDs and electronic media may be retained by customs for censorship. Domestic pets must go into quarantine.
The export of antiques and historic cultural artifacts and assets, such as antique curved daggers (khanjars) and archaeological finds, as well as fossils or corals, is strictly forbidden. The current legal restrictions designed to protect national cultural and environmental assets are detailed in a list of forbidden objects which can be obtained at Seeb airport (Muscat) – please stick to these regulations and be prepared for stringent checks on leaving the country. Marine life and desert flora and fauna are strictly protected and controlled.
The customs inspectors at Seeb airport have the most up-to-date screening devices and will not damage film.