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Updated January 2023

Following an official statement released towards the beginning of June 2022, the third round of political consultations on the Schengen visa waiver was held between the Sultanate of Oman and the European Union.

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The main motive behind this meeting was to discuss measures to help Oman in achieving visa-free travel to the EU.

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Visa-free entry to Oman for GCC travellers

As stated by the authorities, the new rule is applicable across all commercial professions at any time, regardless of a traveller’s point of departure.

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Furthermore, residents are not required to arrive directly from their country of residence to enjoy this benefit. The rule will be applicable and they will be permitted entry at any time and from any destination they arrive from.

However, to be eligible for entry into Oman, the GCC traveller’s residence visa must be valid for a period of no less than three (3) months.

Schengen visa waiver

According to some official reports, the third round of political consultations on the Schengen visa waiver was held between the Foreign Ministry of Oman and the European External Action Service of the European Union towards the beginning of June 2022.

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows individuals to travel to any Schengen Area country for stays of up to 90 days within a period of six (6) months for tourism or business purposes. Moreover, the visa-free Schengen zone is mainly popular amongst citizens of Oman who wish to enter the area for business, leisure, and education purposes.

The Foreign Ministry of Oman stated that the two nations discussed measures that aim to help Oman in achieving visa-free travel to the EU. Additionally, the session also covered bilateral relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the European Union and methods to improve and develop them to serve the common interests of both sides.

Headed by Sheikh Khalifa Alharthy, Diplomatic Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry from Oman, and Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General and Political Director of the EEAS from the EU, the two parties also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

 

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