First phase will include visitors from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions
Oman has launched an eVisa service in a bid to boost the Gulf country's tourism sector.
Tourists planning to visit Oman can now apply online for visas by submitting their applications at www.evisa.rop.gov.om, a statement said.
Officials said the eVisa system will also allow Oman to receive more tourists from key markets such as China, Russia and the US and drive the demand for experiential travel to the Sultanate.
The first phase comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions, it added.
Through the eVisa system, visitors can get their visa applications processed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Oman.
Tourists will only need to fill up the form online and attach the necessary documents as well as pay the application by credit card through a global payment gateway that is officially certified by Oman.
All applicants will receive notifications through the emails provided.
Salim Adi Al Mamari, director general of Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said: “The sultanate’s announcement of the eVisa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the coming years as this provides not only tourists but also investors, businessmen, researchers and students easier access to visa processing.
"Last year, the number of tourist arrivals reached three million and it is expected to increase to more than 4 million by 2020,” he added.