The country of Oman is something of an enigma. It borders the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Oman has something for everyone, World Heritage listed ancient archaeological sites, deserts, beaches, islands, mountains, caves and springs, Oman proves it is a country full of contrasts.
Australians can now apply for their Oman visas online before they travel, a convenient alternative to visa-on-arrival. Australian passport holders can apply online through the Royal Oman Police website before they travel: www.evisa.rop.gov.om Applicants must register as a user prior to completing the step-by-step process which is in plain English. The different visa types are described along with pricing and permitted lengths of stay. To complete your online application, you will need a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport, as well as a digital (jpeg) passport photo. Passengers eligible for a visa on arrival at Muscat International Airport can make their visa payments at the Travelex Foreign Exchange counter located in the immigration arrivals hall. Payments are accepted in most currencies or by credit card. On payment, an automatic receipt will be issued to the traveller. This receipt is then presented at the immigration desk for the visa. A 30-day tourist visa fee is 20 Omani Rials - approximately AU$71.00 (subject to exchange rate on the day)
As a general rule, 10% of any restaurant bill is recommended. With regards to tipping guides and drivers, we suggest putting aside US$2 per person per day.