Known as the largest country in the world, Russia is full of natural tourist wonders, from the buzzing capital of Moscow to the seaport of Vladivostok in the far east. If you are an Omani citizen and are interested in traveling to Russia, please note that you will need a visa before you can legally enter the country.
Thankfully, there is a new way to get a visa to Russia that is quick, easy, and does not require the need to book through a Russian travel agency.
Do Omani Citizens Need a Visa for Russia?
Yes, Omani citizens are required to have a Russian visa before they can legally enter the country. However, there is a quick and easy method of obtaining a Russia visa for Oman passport holders.
Russia has introduced a new program in recent years that allows travelers to apply for a Russian electronic visa (also known as an evisa). It is possible to apply for a visa for Russia from Oman from the comfort of your own home. The application process takes less than an hour and applicants can expect to get their visa within 4 days after applying.
To take advantage of the Russian evisa program, Omani citizens must be traveling to an eligible city in Russia’s far east region.
The eligible ports include six (6) airports, five (5) seaports, and a handful of railway and road entry points:
- Air checkpoints: Vladivostok (Knevichi), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo), Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk (New), Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo), Anadyr (Coal);
Sea checkpoints: Vladivostok, Zarubino, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Korsakov, Posyet;
- Railway checkpoints: Pogranichny, Hassan, Makhalino;
- Automobile checkpoints: Poltavka, Turiy Rog.
The Russian evisa is good for travel up to 8 days, and will be valid for 30 days from date of issue. For visits longer than 8 days, applicants have to apply for a regular Russian tourist visa.
After they are approved for an Russian eVisa, travelers will need to arrive at an eligible port and have the immigration control officer check their documents before entering the country.
Russia eVisa Requirements for Omani citizens
There are a handful of Russia tourist evisa requirements for Omani citizens. Please be sure to have the following items ready and nearby when applying for a Russian visa:
- Passport: Omani travelers are required to have a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity.
- Personal information: Applicants need to submit personal information, which includes but is not limited to first name, surname, birthdate, nationality, residential address, and more.
- A digital photo: Applicants will need to upload a digital photo that was taken within the last six (6) months. The photo must be colorized, and have the applicant’s face clearly shown.
- A form of payment: Payment must be made with a valid debit card or credit card.
- A valid email address: It is important to have a valid email address in order to receive confirmation of the application, as well as subsequent correspondences.
How to Apply for a Russian eVisa from Oman?
Applying for a Russia e-Visa for Omani citizens is quick and easy. The process takes less than an hour and the questions are straightforward. Since everything is done online, there is no need to visit an embassy, no need to get an invitation from a tour agency, and no need for an in-person interview.
To apply for the Russian Online Visa, applicants must visit the online application form after checking that they are eligible and comply with the relevant Russian eVisa requirements.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Visa for Russia from Oman?
The average processing time to get a Russia visa for Oman is less than four days (96 hours) from the time that travelers submit their application.
Another added benefit is that these four days also count holidays and weekends, which means that applicants will get their visa in a reasonable amount of time.
Russian Embassies in Oman
There is one embassy in Muscat, the capital of Oman. If you have further questions or need to see a specialist, the address of the embassy is hatti al-Qurum, Sarooj Street, Way 3032, «Sarfait» Residential Complex (near the Grand Hyatt Muscat). The current ambassador is H.E. Dmitry Dogadkin.
Whether you plan to visit Russia on a business trip, for humanitarian reasons, or just to enjoy the tourism of the country, it is important to secure your visa before you travel.