Only Maldivian Citizens With Schengen Visa Eligible For Visa On Arrival In Oman; New Conditions Applied!

by Deeplata Garde
Only Maldivian Citizens With Schengen Visa Eligible For Visa On Arrival In Oman; New Conditions Applied!

Oman’s immigration authorities have recently tightened the conditions for visa exemptions extended to citizens of the Maldives. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malaysia has confirmed this development. Formerly, Oman was one of 13 countries where Maldivian citizens enjoyed visa exemption privileges. However, an incident involving a Maldivian family detained for 12 hours at an Omani airport has prompted revisions to visa regulations.

Oman Introduces Stricter Conditions for Maldives On-Arrival Visas

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Under the new rules, Maldivians can now avail of a 14-day visa exemption, provided they possess a valid Schengen Visa or visas from select countries or hold citizenship in those countries. Additionally, individuals from the Maldives must provide evidence of a confirmed hotel reservation, return tickets, and valid health insurance.

The stricter visa conditions have raised concerns among Maldivian officials who are striving to persuade the Omani government to ease the rules and potentially reinstate on-arrival visa exemptions without conditions.

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Tourism Strategies And Growth

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In a bid to boost the tourism sector, the Omani government previously opened its doors by introducing visa-free entry for citizens from 103 countries a few months ago. This move resulted in a substantial 348 percent increase in tourists in 2022 compared to 2021, with 2.9 million tourists arriving in Oman, as reported by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Furthermore, hotel data revealed a notable rise in the occupancy rate, soaring by 31.3 percent to reach 53.7 percent, compared to 40.9 percent during the corresponding period in 2022. The number of guests in 3-5 star hotels also witnessed a substantial increase.

Visa-free entry was extended to numerous countries. Here’s the list of countries:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Brazil
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canada
  8. China
  9. Colombia
  10. Croatia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Georgia
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Indonesia
  22. Ireland
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Malaysia
  27. Malta
  28. Monaco
  29. Netherlands
  30. New Zealand
  31. Norway
  32. Paraguay
  33. Poland
  34. Portugal
  35. Romania
  36. Russia
  37. Serbia
  38. Singapore
  39. Slovakia
  40. Slovenia
  41. South Africa
  42. South Korea
  43. Spain
  44. Sweden
  45.  Switzerland
  46. Taiwan
  47. Thailand
  48. Turkey
  49. Ukraine
  50. United Kingdom
  51. United States of America
  52. Uruguay
  53. Venezuela

So here’s the list of 53 countries that are exempted from visas to arrive in Oman as per the tourism board and ministry.

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