1. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

We are travelling to Oman in a few weeks' time. I was advised by the company who put together our tour that I should apply online for the e-visa 'around a month in advance' so I did so - to be precise, a month and one day before our date of travel. The visa was issued almost immediately, but I hadn't realised that it would only be valid for entry up to 30 days after the date of issue - that is, it expires the day before we will arrive. The guy at the tour company has said that according to his team over there I should still be OK to buy a visa on arrival so it would be better to travel with this one rather than risk confusing the online process with a second application while the current one is still valid - and that in any case there's a good chance they'll let me in on this one, avoiding the need to pay twice. But everything I can find online indicates that although there was a transition period in which visas were available on arrival as well as online, that has now been discontinued. I think it's probably fairly unlikely, but not impossible, that they would refuse me entry, but I am concerned that the airline (Oman Air) might refuse to let me board without a valid visa. Has anyone travelled there recently and have either used visa on arrival or seen whether other passengers were doing so?

I've tried emailing the visa service helpdesk, but so far no replies. There is a phone number to call but I'm trying to avoid calling Oman if I can, although I may have to!

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jan-2019, at 11:37 by ToonSarah ]

2. Posted by ToddP (Full Member 122 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I strongly suggest to contact the nearest Oman Embassy. It's hard to predict and speculate on any details of the immigration department. As you said you do not want to be refused to board the plain because of some very simple and silly detail. From my experience every immigration department has very different rules when it comes to start/end date of the visa validity, extensions, etc. Personally I would not take anyones word for it unless it's an officially 'recognised' source.

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToddP

I strongly suggest to contact the nearest Oman Embassy. It's hard to predict and speculate on any details of the immigration department. As you said you do not want to be refused to board the plain because of some very simple and silly detail. From my experience every immigration department has very different rules when it comes to start/end date of the visa validity, extensions, etc. Personally I would not take anyones word for it unless it's an officially 'recognised' source.

Thanks. The embassy don't seem to be interested in helping (although I will keep trying) but I've now had reassurances in a thread on another forum from someone who got a VOA as recently as 18th Jan, so I'm feeling optimistic everything will work out.

4. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I don't suppose the Oman Embassy has a Facebook page or Twitter account? Someone once told me to contact an embassy via FB when I wasn't getting a response from email and two hours later I got my question answered. I read an article last month that said a lot of organisations are more likely to respond to social media than email, might be worth trying.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2019, at 04:19 by Teoni ]

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've now spoken to the Oman embassy in London. They can't do anything to change my visa but they did assure me that VOA is still available at Muscat Airport and will be for some time, and Oman Air will therefore have no problem if I travel without a valid visa.

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

I've now spoken to the Oman embassy in London. They can't do anything to change my visa but they did assure me that VOA is still available at Muscat Airport and will be for some time, and Oman Air will therefore have no problem if I travel without a valid visa.

I'm glad you got your answer👍 Make sure to print out a copy just in case.

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Quoting ToonSarah

I've now spoken to the Oman embassy in London. They can't do anything to change my visa but they did assure me that VOA is still available at Muscat Airport and will be for some time, and Oman Air will therefore have no problem if I travel without a valid visa.

I'm glad you got your answer👍 Make sure to print out a copy just in case.

It was a phone conversation so I can't print it But hopefully he knows what he's talking about! As long as I can get on the flight I'm confident things can be sorted at that end :)