Visa Oman & India

Oman visa regulations coming from U.A.E.

An Omani visa is to be obtained at the border. Three weeks are free of costs and the fourth week should be free at the airport, ask a few days before expiring your 3 weeks visa. I believe a month visa costs about €30

Visa can be renewed over and over again, at any big cities, is what’s being told me. Check this information before you head off to Salalah!

I took the Hatta border. Very straight forwarded and quick.

I found it hard to find maps of Oman in The Netherlands, or in Denmark but luckily they have quiet good maps at the tourist office at the border, for free.

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Obtaining Indian visa in Oman

Apparently it is now possible to get a 4 month visa upon arrival at any Indian airport. Check this though…

To get a 6 months visa in Muscat you must be a citizen of Oman.

Go to the BLS International Indian Passport and Visa Service center to obtain for a visa: Wattaya, Al Makhtabi building, first floor http://www.blsindia-oman.com The exact spot is in Wattaya where the streets Maydan Al Fath and Al Nahdah Street come together. It is between Ruwi and Sultan Qaboos before you enter Muscat coming from U.A.E.

Before you go: all visa application forms need to be filled out online and printed out of the filled in form must be submitted along with necessary documents at BLS Center.
• 1 photo
• copy’s of first 5 pages of passport
• print out application form

Pick up of visa is between the very convenient timings of 6.30 PM and 7.30 PM, however, I’d asked for a more normal timing and that was fine. Call for yourself: 24566080, 24566050, 24566131, 24816556.

It takes a full week to deliver your visa.

The address of the Indian embassy, which you don’t need to go to, but just in (my) case: Jamiat Dowal Al Arabiya Street (right at the ocean), Al Khuwair, Diplomatic Area, 24684500. Open from 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM

Okay, when you are a cyclist trying to go through the whole of India, you need a 6 months visa. Unless you book a flight from Muscat to a city close to the Bangladesh or Nepal border. Six months visa are only given when you apply in your home country, even though -on request of the visa lady- I added a letter which explained that I am traveling on a bicycle and not being able to obtain in my home country for a visa, I got a 4 month visa only.

My mistake may have been that I asked for a double entry (which I don’t need) ánd 6 months, which perhaps was a bit much for being a non citizen of Oman, not applying in my home country. I need a 6 months visa desperately! So I went back and got a non-appointed appointment with Susan at the embassy. This hard working, extreme busy lady is housed in office number 109 and she really helped me: I got a 6 months visa after I explained my situation. I paid twice however, because the visa had to applied for two times. The second visa I got the next day and paid €96 in total for… a 6 months multiple entry visa.

Be aware though, when you have a multiple or double entree visa, you must have a two month gap between each visit in and out of India! This is not the case on a single entree visa.

4 months double entry visa: about €60

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