Hatta (Oman) Visa Run

Hatta (Oman) Visa RunGCC nationals and citizens of 32 countries (nationals of countries listed below) do not require visas prior to arrival at a UAE airport: they are eligible for a free-of-charge 30-days visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry. If you are coming to work in the UAE you will require a visa that can only be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.

If you are a national citizen of a GCC country you do not require a visa to visit the UAE. You will simply need to produce your GCC country passport upon arrival at the point of entry into the UAE. GCC Residents who are not GCC nationals but who have a high professional status such as company managers, business people, auditors, accountants, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, or employees working in the public sector, their families, drivers and personal staff sponsored by them, are eligible for a non-renewable 30-days visa upon arrival at the approved ports of entry.

List of countries whose citizens are eligible for a free-of-charge 30 days visit visa at all UAE airports or other points of entry: Australia, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of America, United Kingdom and the Vatican.
The visa is valid for 30 days, renewable once.

In January 2011, the UAE dropped Canada from the list. When a Canadian citizen goes out of UAE, he/she must wait 30 days before being eligible for a new 30-days visa.

This 30-days visa has 10 days of grace period; after 40-days, there are heavy fines and you could be asked for waiting up to 30-days before being eligible to get in again.

Your passport should have at least 6-months validity to go out and back again.

There are six border crossings from the United Arab Emirates into Oman.
* Hatta and Al Wajajah
* Hilli and Buraimi (Al Ain)
* Ibri and Nizwa
* Khatmat Milahah from Fujairah
* from Ras al Khaimah emirate to Bukha/Musandam
* from Fujeirah emirate to Dibba/Musandam.

The Hatta-Oman border is a common destination for “visa runs”; it’s a 250 km round trip from Dubai downtown: without breaks it takes under 180 minutes, per way. Hatta is a small town about 12 KMs (7.3 miles) from Oman border crossing (or 8.5 KMs from exiting Dubai border crossing). Obviously you have to be in some kind of vehicle to cross both check points.

Remember to take a pen, credit/ATM card/cash and your passport.

By Bus

These are buses operated either by travel agencies and Oman bus public transportation and they pick up passengers in Dubai. The return ticket up to Muscat is dhs100 and takes 6 hours; but to collect your new visa is enough to get out in Hatta.

For Oman National Transport Company
Daily Oman Bus Services from UAE to Oman
Route Departure Destination Days ETA
102 15:30 Dubai to Salalah Daily 07:00
201 07:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 13:40
201 15:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 21:35
201 16:30 Dubai to Muscat Daily 22:35
201 18:00 Dubai to Muscat Thu&Fri 00:00
201 06:30 Sharjah to Muscat Daily 13:40
201 15:30 Sharjah to Muscat Daily 22:35
202 15:00 Abu Dhabi to Muscat Daily 22:1

Daily Oman Bus Services from Oman to UAE
Route Departure Destination Days ETA
102 15:00 Salalah to Dubai Daily 07:00
201 06:00 Muscat to Dubai Daily 11:30
201 07:30 Muscat to Dubai Daily 22:35
201 13:30 Muscat to Dubai wed/thu 19:15
201 16:30 Muscat to Dubai Daily 22:25
201 06:00 Muscat to SharjahDaily 12:15
201 16:30 Muscat to Sharjah Daily 16:30
202 06:30 Abu Dhabi Daily 13:00

Hatta (Oman) Visa Run

By Car

If you have a rental car not from Hertz or Avis then check if your car’s insurance covers both the U.A.E. and Oman or if you need to purchase it at the Oman border, before leaving.
With some cars/rental cars you cannot cross the border or you need to have a permission from the company owner/manager.

Follow signs out of Dubai to Al Ain then past Dubai Outlet Mall you will see signs for Hatta
You will pass though a town with red dunes and lots of quad bikes/buggies, and then a roundabout at 37km.
A few km further you pass into Oman, there is no border here, just a checkpoint with no need to stop but have your passport ready in case.
For the next 20 km you are not in the UAE.

Again you pass another checkpoint, this time back to the UAE. Same procedure as before.
Continue following signs for Hatta until you pass the Hatta Fort Hotel roundabout; here head straight on following signs for Oman.

The first process on the border is to collect your UAE exit stamp. Get it from a portacabin which is easily missed, just pull over, hop out and get the passport stamped at the window.
From here on you are in no-mans land (it’s 11km to the Oman border); continue on the road another 3km to Oman customs. If it is after dark then turn off your main headlights as you approach and pop your car trunk. They will have a quick look and hand you a small customs paper slip.

Drive another 8km along the windy road until you see a large domed building on the Oman border. Don’t drive through but follow the ‘New Visa’ sign and park in the car park in front of the border post.

Go in the front entrance and collect a Oman Visa application form from the desk on the left. The visa will cost you 20 Rials (about AED180), you can either get cash from the cash machine in the main hall or pay by Visa/Mastercard. Take the completed form, passport and customs slip to one of the counters on the right and ask for an ‘Entry and Exit’ visa.
The Oman border now offer a ‘visa run’ visa; simply tell them you are not entering Oman and wish to renew your UAE visa, the price for this is 50Dhs and they accept UAE currency.

Jump back in your car and head out the other side of the car park, turning left back to the UAE.

Alternative way to extend your visa

If you don’t want to leave Dubai then you can visit Dubai’s NR Department (DNRD) and get yourself a 30 day extension for just over £100 or you can walk into the Dubai Immigration office in Deira, pay the fee of AED700 and have your visa extended for another 30 days. It does not require a long drive to Hatta where the border is, this can only be done once. A lot of seasoned Expats do the Visa Run from Dubai to Hatta at a much reduced cost.

69 thoughts on “Hatta (Oman) Visa Run

  • August 21, 2013 at 7:28 am
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    Hello, I hear the 10 days grace period has been revoked for the Hatta visa run, you have to renew by the 30th day. Can anyone conform this? Also, is there a change in border fees? It used to be AED50.
    Many thanks.

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    • August 21, 2013 at 11:05 am
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      I’ve been there in June I didn’t get any problem with grace period.
      The fee was 50aed

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    • January 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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      Dear
      i want visa oman

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    • June 22, 2014 at 11:26 am
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      I am going to Oman tonight or in the morning, does anyone want to share the cost with me. call or txt 0556801650 ASAP, 100 DHS with pick up

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  • September 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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    Hi, can anyone confirm that the ‘visa run’ visa for 50AED is actually an option? And is it just available at Hatta or all the border crossing points? Also, do you buy it from the UAE customs or from Oman? I’m a rookie so any help would be great! Cheers

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    • September 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm
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      I’m not sure you can get the Visa Run also at other borders also, but you should.
      you get it at the immigration in Oman, but you need to get the entry stamp at the Emirati border when coming back

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  • October 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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    Hi. I am currently on father’s visa. May I know what are the rules or requirements if I will go alone to Muscat without my father since he will not be able to accompany me? I promised to visit a very close friend who is in Muscat. Will I have to get an NOC from my father in order to cross the Hatta border? Also, it’s my first time and I’m planning to ride a bus in order to go to Muscat.

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  • October 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    I’m currently on a visit visa in uae which will be expiring in few days, I’m almost completing the 60days and wish to embark on a visa run to get a new visa. Is it cool to go to oman for this purpose?

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  • October 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm
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    Hi, iam working abu dhabi, for the eid holiday we planed to go oman just for 4 days. I am working as a administrator, in this company form last 7 years., but in my stamped visa they stamped as a pipe fitter, so is it possinle to go oman, and what r the documents required for that,,, pls, advice and where i can get the visa.
    Regards,
    Sonai

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  • November 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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    Hi. Can anyone tell me is it compulsory that your omani residence should have completed 6 months before you cross to UAE by road?

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  • November 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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    Hi sir my name is munvar. Iam an Indian. My proffishan is traffic signs controller
    Residence visa in dubai. Limited contract 2 years. Can I go muscut
    Any visa eshu in Oman border

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  • November 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm
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    Iam a Indian. Iam at working in dubai residance visa. My proffishan
    Traffic controller. Just 4 days I’m plan. Muscut. Can I go. Muscut
    Any visa eshu in Oman border. Please answer

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  • December 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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    My friends visa run was rejected today…..dissapointing

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    • December 27, 2013 at 11:43 am
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      For what reason?

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  • December 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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    A quick note to say this approach may not work for all nationalities. I hold an Indian passport and needed to exit and reenter the country to be eligible for a residence permit( I was on a tourist visa). I attempted to do so via a trip by road to Oman. At the UAE border, I was told that I could not cross over to Oman without a valid visa. Finally managed exit and reenter by flying self and kids to Oman and back. I transited through the country and therefore did not need a visa.

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  • January 3, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    Hello, i just wanted to Know that There is Still a grâce period at hatta for visa run? Any ideas?

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  • January 22, 2014 at 4:32 am
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    I just want to ask if it still possible to to go oman to change visa , am holding tourist visa now

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    • February 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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      Hi Iyn,

      What is your Nationality?

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  • February 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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    Hi There,

    If any one needs to go to Hatta/Oman for visa extension or change.

    Please do call me at my mob.# 055-6534134.

    Thank you.

    Muhammed

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  • February 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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    Sir; I would like to ask if my friend from oman who is working as Laboratory Technician in University of Nizwa, Oman can cross the border to go the UAE without any visit visa?
    Can she be eligible to cross the border? what other requirements she has to bring?

    thanks , hope to hear from you soon.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    Please let us help answer some of your questions.

    The grace period still applies. The day of your stamp is counted as day 1 so please count your days carefully to avoid a 200AED fine.

    Only 34 nationalities are granted automatic Dubai visit visa on arrival. The rest must apply in advance and typically travel between the countries by air. The full list is on our website Questions page along with other useful info.

    Indians, Philipinos and Pakistanis for example cannot enter and exit without a visa applied for and granted in advance.

    The fee for Oman visit visa is 5Rials = 50AED. Its been this amount for around 2 years or so now.

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    • December 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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      Hi there, I’m an Australian flight attendant working for a jet based out of Singapore. I want to live in Dubai in my friend apartment and I will be leaving the country in and out every 21 days on the plane.
      Is there a limit that I’m allowed to leave and re enter?
      Thank you so much.

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  • March 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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    i am indian i want go oman 3rd april i want know i can get visa on oman border or not or i need before visa

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  • March 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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    i have workpermit UAE VISA i want go for one day oman

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  • March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm
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    Just want to make sure, does the 30 days tourist visa issued by Emirates also have an additional 10 days grace? Which means 40 days in total?

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  • April 1, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    Hi,

    Do you have to choice to stay in Oman for a couple of days at least, though you have your new visa already?

    Thanks.

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  • April 10, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    Hi

    I have a employment visa in my hand need to exit dubai to oman.

    Is it possible to go by road

    if yes please contact me I cant find contact details on your website.

    Thanks & Regards
    Raymond
    00971 50 7557307

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  • June 8, 2014 at 8:53 am
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    Hi,

    I need to book bus ticket for Dubai to Salalah, Where i can book my tickets

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  • June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    Last day i went to do a visa run for my friend, but they said we gotta get Oman visa from Embassy to get the exit stamp. They don’t let to go to the Oman Visa centre! Said the rule has changed, its mandatory to carry the Oman visa before exit!!!

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  • July 2, 2014 at 10:58 am
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    Hi,i am indian, My Parents holds a UAE visit visa,can we go to Oman, by road?
    anyone tell me.

    Thanks

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    • July 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm
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      Hi

      I am a Indian National, holding Oman residence visa ( Employment) staying at Oman since last ten years. My Labour card profession is”SHORTHAND TECHNICIAN” .Could anybody inform me, is it possible to get visa at Dubai border to travel to Dubai for me and my family.

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    • July 12, 2014 at 6:22 am
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      While parents on visit visa, you can not travel to Oman without getting visa prior to travel. Family of GCC residents can travel with the parents only not alone.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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    Iam indian, on visit visa, now i have pink visa with me, i need to exit UAE. Sir can i go to Oman by road for exit my tourist visa??Can you please advice me

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    • September 20, 2015 at 4:56 am
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      Hi i saw ur previous comment abt visa run to oman on pink slip, i am intrested in doing same can u guide me?

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  • July 12, 2014 at 4:37 am
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    We travelled to Dubai via Khatmat Malalah and left my daughter for vacation with her sister. My question.
    1. Can we extend visa further or thee is a grace period available?
    2. Is she travel back by Air, is there any problem?
    3. If she come by Air and after 2-3 days, if we could travel back to dubai by Car.
    Please suggest.

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  • July 19, 2014 at 10:13 am
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    My Labourcard VISA profession is ” Technition accounts/general”. Can i possible to visit Dubai for Eid? Pls replay me…

    Thank you

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  • July 20, 2014 at 7:58 am
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    Hello, good morning, I just want to ask if it’s possible for me to travel to Oman this eid.
    My UAE residence visa was expired last July 12 and still under process under my company.
    Is it possible for me to travel to Oman? Are there any supporting documents possible just to prove that my visa is in process and will soon be released.

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  • July 21, 2014 at 6:20 am
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    I’m a Canadian citizen. Just completed the Hatta Visa run. No need to wait the 30 days before renewing the UAE visa as noted in the main text of the blog.

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  • July 23, 2014 at 8:45 am
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    Hello,

    Im planning to go to oman for EID Holidays. I have an employment visa and I work in Dubai. First Thing can i go to oman from my visa which i have im I eligible to go for free or do i need to pay charges and whts the procedure and please explain whts the best way to travel something cheap and easy way. I would appreciate if someone reply…me at the earliest…..

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  • July 25, 2014 at 8:32 am
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    Hi dear

    Please tell if we are having letter form the sponsor company can we het Tourist visa to dubai going throu buraimi border (in Pathakka post is Glass cutter operator)

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  • July 27, 2014 at 8:11 am
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    Sir In my visa sales is written and I want to visit oman for 2 days eid holidays am I allowed to go by road through oman hatta border

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  • August 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm
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    Dear tomorrow i m going to oman visa exchange plz confom me ticket time my contact number 0553853260

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  • September 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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    Hi there
    My visit visa is expiring in two days. I need to do the Hatta Oman run by car to get my visa visa on my Canadian passport. Is there anyone going with whom I could share the cost ?
    Is there a bus service upto the border & back>

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    • September 28, 2014 at 9:41 am
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      Hi
      I am a Indian National, with valid Oman residence visa ( Employment). My Labour card profession is”STRUCTURAL DRAFTSMAN,BUILDINGS” .Could anybody inform me, is it possible to get visa at Dubai border to travel to Dubai by road for me and my family.

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    • September 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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      Hi All,
      Mustafa: Did you please found out, if there is a bus service up to the border
      And back?
      Otherwise, I’ms looking for a ride to renew my visa, this next 4 days. If anyone going to Oman, obviously
      I’ll share the petrol and I promise to be a friendly and cheerful company :)

      Reply
  • September 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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    Hi all,
    I am UAe residence and on my Visa it says Marketing Specialist.
    Can I get VIsa on arrival on the borders for Oman Visa
    Also my Passport has 1 year validity but my visa is valid only for 5 months.
    will I get a visa or they will not allow me to enter oman

    Please let me know
    regards

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  • October 1, 2014 at 3:45 am
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    Hello
    i recently come oman in june. I am on husband visa. I n my daughter wants to go UAE by road ( by bus) without sponsor. Can we enter UAE by road without him. We already finish 3 months here only. Please reply.

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  • October 22, 2014 at 6:27 am
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    Hi!!! I am in dubai on Tourist visa and I need to Exit from dubai to change my work permit in employment visa. I am planing to exit from dubai to muscat then I will receive my employment visa within 2 3 days.can anybody help me that how can I get tourist visa for oman ? And I am planing to travel by bus.Is it possible to get exit stamp on passport at oman border?
    What will be the cost? I need urgent help..Please. ..

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  • October 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    I have Oman residence card and would like to visit UAE by road. I would like to know how many months of validity need to have to enter UAE.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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      Your residence card should be more than 3 months before its expiry date for you to enter uae

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  • November 2, 2014 at 10:59 am
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    Hi Every1,

    Can any1 help me out , i need to check the profession allowed to uae on arrival visa.

    Currently i am holding a building technician visa in oman , can i get on arrival visa to uae.

    Awaiting for your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Mohammed

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  • November 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm
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    Hello, Is it still possible to do a visa run to Oman since my employment visa has been cancelled, already overstayed from 5th of November 2014 and will return to Dubai on visit visa?
    Please send reply.

    Thanks.

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  • November 15, 2014 at 11:12 am
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    Hey, i am on turist visa valid for two months and i got the job.i want to change
    My visa to employment visa by road is it possible.reply me 0555686579 or
    mail me.

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  • November 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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    hi all,
    can i drive my father’s car( car registered under his name ) to muscat oman without him being with me.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 7:25 am
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    My parents are in visit visa in muscat if we take visa for dubai can dey travel by road to dubai

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  • February 11, 2015 at 10:06 am
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    sir
    i work in uae as store keeper in a company, will i be able to get visa visa of oman on border hatta two days

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  • February 25, 2015 at 1:35 am
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    I am working with Orpic company in Oman Since february 2013.I wants to travel with my spouse on 05.03.2015.My spouse Oman dependent existing Visa validity up to 15.04.2015.We wants to travel for 04 days only.Can she get Visa?

    Reply
  • March 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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    Hi sir my name is SIRAJ. Iam an Indian. My proffishan is CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CLEARK. Residence visa in Abudhabi. Limited contract 2 years. Can I travel to Mascut for 2 days visit by road.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 4:50 am
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    My canadian friend is on a 30 day visa ( free of cost) which he got on entry thro’ Dubai airport.
    What are the options for extending the visa for further 30 days?

    Is there a fee now for extension or renewal for further 30 days?

    If he exits thro’ Hatta border and re-enters, does he have to pay any fee. Also does he have to go thro Oman immigration and come back or can he just exit Hatta and re-enter immediately.?

    Kindly advise

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  • October 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    hi i want go to oman by road my visa stamp
    labor superviser
    can somone help i can enter or not

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  • October 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm
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    My car is financed from ADCB Bank. Can I take my car for the Hatta-Oman border visa run?

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  • April 4, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    Hi there. Merely desired to question an instant dilemma. adeeadgddekk

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  • April 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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    Please wish to know if any one can help us obtain Oman tourist.business and employment visa’s.we are from cameroon.thanks

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  • August 18, 2016 at 9:00 am
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    i am in oman on visit visa .i want to go dubai .where or which border i will change my visa to enter dubai

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  • October 25, 2016 at 4:12 am
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    Hi i have a employment visa i want to exit at hatta or kalba fujaira Oman border can i exit and come back at the same time it like A to A i am a filipino with my brother car is that posible what are the procedure and which border should we go thank you.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    tourist.business and employment visa’s.we are from cameroon.thanks

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  • November 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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    I am working in Abudhabi my visa profession is ELECTICIAN can I get visa in hatta boarder.

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