By Beatrice Thomas
Border crossing to be made easier
Popular border crossings between Oman and the UAE are set to become easier with the introduction of credit card payments for tourists and residents, it was reported.
The new system means travellers from the UAE now have an option to pay in cash or with a credit card for their visa, which is OMR20 ($52) for general visitors and OMR5 ($13) for UAE residents.
The credit card payment option is available at all border points between Oman and the UAE, of which Hatta is the most visited border crossing, the Times of Oman reported.
Other border crossing options include the Al Ain/Buraimi border and the Khatmat/Malahi border, while residents from Fujairah are more likely to enter the Sultanate through the Wajajah border.
In the north, the UAE border with Oman has border points at Khasab and Diba.
Every year, thousands of residents and visitors cross the UAE-Oman border for tourism purposes, short trips or the so-called visa run, which enables visitors to the UAE to renew their visitor’s visa for another 30 days or come back on a residency permit, which requires the person to exit the country first.
For the latter, an Omani visa is also required. However, a special fee of Dh50 ($15) applies for visa run travellers.