Oman is a lovely Gulf country and very much traveled by tourists from around the world. Earlier, the country provided visa-on-arrival service, wherein travelers had to get the visa at the airport or border checkpoints. Changing the visa-on-arrival policy to e-visa policy is going to affect the UAE tourism as more people will now visit Oman due to the traveler-friendly service.
The visa-on-arrival is also available for those who want to use it as it costs lower than the e-visa service. Visa-on-arrival costs 5 Omani rials per person whereas 5 Omani rials per person are for the e-visa service. The Omani government hasn’t yet commented on how much it will cost GCC residents, who usually charge 5 Omani rials per person. This service is only valid for the tourist visa and express visa and is effective from March 21, 2018. You will have to register on the Royal Oman Police website and pay fees using a debit card. Once you receive the visa approval email, print it and pre-send to the passport office staff on arrival.
Ministry of Tourism of Oman will be meeting with tour operators from Khasab to discuss the new procedure. Arundas Haridas, operations manager, Dolphin Khasab Tours, said that many tourists will be visiting Oman for only a day for the Omani exclave. Around 30 to 40 percent who decide to come for the Omani exclave decide a night prior that they want to attend the event in Khasab. The Omani government feels that the e-visa service might reduce the burden on tour operators in Khasab.
Best places to visit in Oman are Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Sharqiya Sands, Nizwa Fort, Bait Al Zubair, Bahla Fort, and Natural History Museum of Oman. There are a lot of Indian expats living in Oman, so you’ll find some anywhere you go.