VISA & IMMIGRATION

Immigration & Issue of Visas

International visitors to Oman need valid passports and most of them a visa for the duration of their stay, except for GCC citizens who hold valid national IDs-issued by the government. Some nationals and residents from GCC countries may benefit from the ‘Visa on Arrival’ facilitation wherever applicable..

All international visitors to Oman (other than Gulf Cooperation Council Nationals) require visas for the duration of their stay. Immigration and visa issue is under the control of the Royal Oman Police. Passengers are requested to check with their nearest Omani embassy or with their airline for visa requirements.
To obtain a visa, all passengers must have a passport valid for more than 6 months.
For further information about visas for Oman, please click on the following link: https://evisa.rop.gov.om/en/web/guest/voa/-/VisaWizardportlet/Start-again

Royal Oman Police Visa Immigration Contact
Passenger wishing to discuss visa and immigration issues relevant to the airport should contact the Royal Oman Police on: +968 2336 8858 or +968 2336 0510.

Eligible passengers wishing to apply for a visa online prior to departure should apply via the following link: https://evisa.rop.gov.om/en/voa

Passengers are required to keep the reference number of their online visa application when travelling to Salalah. Upon arriving, they should proceed directly to one of the immigration counters and present their passport as well as their reference number to the immigration officer.

Certain nationalities are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival. Please check with your airline or Royal Oman Police if you are eligible: https://evisa.rop.gov.om/en/voa
Upon arrival, passengers should follow the following process:

  • Go to the new office to pay the visa fee, you can pay with cash. Foreign currency can be used, the remaining amount will be given in Omani Rial.
  • After payment, take your bill and passport and then go to the immigration office.

Passengers not eligible for a visa on arrival, will need to get one prior to travelling. This can be done either through your nearest Omani Embassy, http://om.embassyinformation.com or can be arranged via a sponsor in Oman. Please make sure you allow enough time for visa issuance before your departure date.

Obtaining a visa through a sponsor in Oman:

Passengers travelling for employment, business, or joining family residing in Oman, can obtain a visa through a sponsor in Oman. The sponsor is required to obtain the visa in advance and should deposit the visa at the Visa Deposit counter located in the arrival hall, next to the baggage enquiry counter close to the canteen at Salalah Airport.

Visas obtained through a sponsor in Oman should be deposited for arriving passengers at the visa deposit office at the arrival hall. This should be done at least 24 hours prior to arrival. The visa deposit counter is located in the arrival meet and greet area, next to the baggage enquiry counter close to canteen at Salalah Airport.

Days Timing
Sunday-Thursday
9 AM - 1 PM
2 PM – 5 PM
Saturday
8 AM - 1 PM
2 PM- 4 PM

Passengers entering Oman on a pre-arranged employment visa should ensure that they have a clear copy of the visa with them for to show upon arrival. To clear immigration process, passengers should follow the following procedure:
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  • Passengers who have a clear copy of their visa should proceed directly to ‘Visa Collection Counter’ which is located close to the immigration counter.
  • Upon completion of IRIS screening and finger printing, proceed to the immigration counter where your passport will be stamped with your visa.

 

Passenger who do not have a copy of their employment visa, can collect the original visa deposit slip from the Visa Collection Counter in the immigration hall.

Airline advice for passengers travelling from India or Pakistan to Salalah with a new visa

For passengers travelling from Pakistan or India to Salalah with a new visa, it is necessary to receive an “OK To Board” notification from the office where the ticket was issued prior to travelling. Visa requirements to obtain the “OK To Board” notification are:
a) Original Visa Deposit slip
b) Photocopy of visa

Separate immigration counters are available for residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Immigration counter from number 1 to 4 can be used by GCC nationals.

Dedicated diplomatic counters are marked from counter 1 to 4.

For employers requiring to cancel visas for exiting employees, there are few steps to be followed:

a) Airline Check-in;
Proceed to the airline check-in desk and perform the check-in
b) Visa Cancellation Process;
Upon completion of Check-in operation,
• Proceed to the visa cancellation office which is located on the right side of the Out Of Gauge baggage counter in the departure hall.
• The Visa Officer will process with the visa cancellation.
• The passengers will then be directed to the departure section.

c) Payment of fines for expired visa (visa cancellation);

For passengers exiting the country with expired visas, it is necessary to pay first all late payment fines. These fines can be paid at the Ministry of Manpower Office at the check-in hall.