Oman, a country falling in the region of the Arabian Peninsula known as the Rub’ al-Khali occupies the southern coast at the confluence of the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.
The north coast of Oman lies between sea and inland mountains. Also, serves as a port and commercial centre commands a view of the Gulf of Oman. The diverse climatic country holds a warm and humid coast contrasting to its hot and dry interiors. Aflaj, an ancient water channel system that provides irrigation to this rather low precipitated and vegetated land is one of the country’s 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The country that depends mostly on petroleum exports, agriculture, fishing, and overseas trading, started exporting petroleum to the world in 1967, now has its three-fourths part of its government income from the oil revenues.
Types Of Visas Offered
The country offers four significant categories of visas according to the kind of one’s visit.
1. Resident Sponsored Visa
Resident sponsored visa is sub-categorized based on the purpose of visit again.
a. Oman Visas for work purpose
These Visas are for sponsored work purposes.
Type 1- Employment Visa
Oman issues these visas to workers with commercial, government, individual or foreign embassy sponsors. Employment visa is further of various types- 1A, 1B, 1C, 1J, 1D, 1O, 1E, 1F, 1K, 1H, 1I, 1M, 1N, 1G, 1P, 1Q, and 1R.
Type 2- Employment Visa with Endorsee
Oman issues these visas to sponsored a worker with the endorsee. 2A- Employment Companion Visa.
Type 9- Housemaid Visa
Oman issues these visas to a female domestic worker with an individual, individual diplomat, government or commercial sponsor. Housemaid Visas are further of many types- 9D, 9M, 9F, 9K, 9L, 9J, 9G, 9H, 9N, 9O, 9P, 9E, and 9Q.
Type 15- Investor Visa
Oman issues these visas to investors working with a local sponsor. 15A- for one year; 15B- two years on a limit of no limit renewals with the same quota; 15C- for one year; 15D- for two years.
Type 24- Short Work Visa
Oman issues these visas to commercially sponsored workers’ residency in Oman for a short time. 24A- for 4 months; 24B- for 6 months; 24C- for 9 months.
b. Oman Visas for Family Purpose
These Visa types are available for sponsored family purposes.
Type 3- Family Joining Visa
Oman issues these visas to a relative of an Omani citizen or a foreign resident or GCC national. Family joining visas are further of four types based on the kind of resident one is visiting- 3A, 3B, 3C, and 3D.
Type 14- Relative Joining Visa
Oman issues these visas to a spouse (under 21 years of age) or a newborn or a child of a resident. Relative joining visas are of further four types- 14A, 14B, 14C, and 14D.
Type 19- Citizen’s Wife Visa
Oman issues these visas(19A) to the foreign wife of an Omani citizen.
Type 34- Property Owner Joiner’s Visa
Oman issues these visas(34A) to first-degree family members to accompany the foreign owner of a housing unit.
c. Visa for Study Purpose
Type 16- Student Visa
Student visas are further of four types- 16A, 16B, 16C, and 16D. Oman issues these to students based on the duration of their studies in Oman.
2. Resident Unsponsored Visa
These Visas are available to Unsponsored residential (housing) purposes.
Type 33- Property Owner Visa
The country issues Property owner visa(33A) to a foreign owner of a housing unit in an approved tourist complex in Oman.
3. Visit Sponsored Visa
These are the seven subcategories available for a sponsored visit purpose.
a. Oman Visas for Business Purpose
Type 5- Business Visit Visa
Oman issues a Business visit visa (5A) to a professional or business person sponsored by a local sponsor.
Type 10- Businessman Visa
The country issues Businessman visa (10A) to a business person or a professional with a local sponsor.
b. Oman Visas for Tourism Purpose
Type 6- Tourist Visa
Tourist visas are further of two types- 6A and 6B. Oman issues these visas to a tourist sponsored by a local sponsor based on the duration of their visit.
Type 32- Cruise Ship Passenger or Crew Visa
Oman issues Cruise Ship Passenger or Crew Visas to a passenger or a crew member based on the duration of their visit in the following types- 32A, 32B, and 32C.
c. Oman Visas for Work Purpose
Type 7- Official Visit Visa
Oman issues these visas to a person sponsored by the Oman government based on the criterion of the fee. 7A and 7B are the types of this subcategory offered.
Type 8- Express Visa
Oman issues these visas to a person employed in certain occupations either by a foreign embassy or a local sponsor or with no fee. Express visas are further of three types- 8A, 8B, and 8C.
Type 11- Multi-Entry Visa(Sponsored)
Oman issues these visas to a professional or a business person employed on a particular occupation sponsored either by a local sponsor or a foreign embassy. The multi-entry visa is further of three types- 11A, 11B, and 11C.
Type 13- Contractor Visit Visa
The country issues a contractor visa (13A) to a person that wants to undergo professional medical testing with an Oman government organization before taking up work with a local sponsor.
Type 17- Band Visa
The country issues Band visa (17A) to an artist to perform in the country with a local sponsor.
Type 22- Festivals Visa
Oman issues Festivals visa (22A) to a person to take part in a festival or exhibition which has the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Oman.
d. Oman Visas for Family purpose
Type 4- Family Visit Visa
Oman issues these visas to a family member or a friend of a resident of Oman. Family visit visas are further of four types- 4A, 4B, 4C, and 4D.
e. Oman Visas for Research Purpose
Type 31- Scientific Research Visa
Oman issues a scientific research visa (31A) to a person to visit Oman for approved scientific research by approving authority conducted for a local sponsor.
f. Oman Visas for Transit Purpose
Type 18- Sailor’s Transit Visa
Sailor’s transit visa (18A) allows a short entry for a crewman transiting through Oman and arriving by air and leaving by sea(or vice versa).
g. Oman Visas for Emergency Purpose
Type 30- Emergency Visa
Emergency visa (30A) allows a short visit to Oman in an emergency sponsored by a local sponsor.
4. Visit Unsponsored Visa
These are the five subcategories available for unsponsored visit purposes.
a. Oman Visas for Business Purposes
Type 25- Multi-entry Visit Visa
The multi-entry visa is further of 3 types- 25A, 25B, and 25C. Oman issues these visas to residents of either the USA or group 1 nationalities.
b. Oman Visas for Tourism Purposes
Type 20- Oman/Qatar Common Visa
Oman issues Oman/Qatar Common visas to a person who is on the list of eligible nationalities based on which of the two countries they want to visit first. 20A and 20B are the sub-types available.
Type 21- Dubai/Oman Common Visa
The country issues Dubai/Oman common visas(21A) to a person who currently has a tourist visa that they used to enter the Emirates of Dubai and then wishes to enter Oman directly from Dubai.
Type 26- Tourist Visa
Oman issues tourist visa to tourists based on different criteria in the following types- 26A, 26B, 26C, 26D, 26E, 26F, 26G, 26H, 26I, 26J, 26K, 26L, 26M, and 26N.
Type 28- GCC Citizen Companion Visa
Oman issues GCC Citizen companion visa to a person who is based in UAE, Qatar or Bahrain and is accompanied by a GCC Citizen. GCC Citizen Companion visa is of four types- 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D.
Type 29- GCC Resident Visa
The country issues GCC Resident Visa to a citizen of GCC nations and belongs in the list of approved professions.
Type 36- Visit Visa Multi-entry for one year
The country issues these visas to tourists based on different criteria- their nationality and whether or not accompanied by a partner. Visit visa multi-entry for one year is further of four types- 36A, 36B, 36F, and 36M.
c. Oman Visas for Housing Purposes
Type 38- Off The Plan Owner Visa
Oman issues Off the plan owner visa(38A) to a foreigner off-the-plan buyer of a housing unit in an approved tourist in Oman.
d. Oman Visas for Transit Purposes
Type 23- Airport Transit Visa
Oman issues Airport transit visas (23A, and 23B) to an airline passenger transiting through Oman on the way to a third country.
Type 27- Land Border Transit Visa
Oman issues this visa to a person who is either a Yemeni national or accompanying them based on either they are transiting through Oman from UAE or Yemen. Land Border transit visa is further of six types- 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D, 27E, and 27F.
e. Oman Visas for Emergency Purposes
Type 35- Patient Visa
Oman issues a 35A visa to a patient suffering from a medical problem or some other emergency.
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