Naina Shahani 20 Feb 2018 AT 10:39 AM

Oman has changed its rules for tourist visas

Here's how it affects you
Naina Shahani 20 Feb 2018 AT 10:39 AM
Oman has changed its rules for tourist visas
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An aerial view of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Oman the beloved tourist hub that most of us flock to for a nice, relaxing weekend away has just changed its tourist visa rules...

From March 21, all travel buffs looking to explore the nation that it known for its white sandy beaches and picturesque mountains will have to apply for their visa online. 

That's right, no more visa on arrival for us spontaneous folk... 

The announcement, made via Twitter, states that those who require a tourist or express visa will be able to fill in their applications on the Royal Oman Police eVisa website.

If you've yet to explore the nation, here's three places that should definitely be on your bucket list...

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The main mosque of Oman is made of Indian sandstone and welcomes non-Muslim visitors too. Highlights of the mosque include its hand-woven prayer mat which took a whopping four years to create. The 14-metre tall chandelier, the largest in the world, is also a sight to behold.

Royal Opera House
Oman boasts an impressive opera house that is home to a programme that includes opera, jazz, classical music and even ballet. The 30-minute guided tour should give you some good insight into its stunning wood-paneled interiors, gold-gilded balconies and other intriguing design elements.

The mountainous Omani peninsula will do wonders for your Instagram feed. And, if jumping off a dhow into turquoise waters isn’t your thing, there are plenty other activities to make the trip worthwhile. Popular options include fishing and dolphin spotting – nice.

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If you're looking for a place to stay, we recommend the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. It's a five-star resort that's located at the very top of the Al Hajar Mountain (Green Mountain) in Oman. And, it boasts everything from wall climbing and guided tours to mouthwatering food and excellent service. 

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