Muscat: The Sultanate’s embassy in Moscow said that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has approved a decree involving 52 countries, including the Sultanate of Oman, whose citizens will be able to obtain an electronic visa to enter Russia.
The embassy states that the decision will take effect from the beginning of 2021. The e-visa will permit entry to Russia from any border point (land, sea and air), and to any city in Russia. The period of stay with this type of visa which used to be eight days previously has also been amended to 16 days. The embassy indicated that the requirement to obtain an invitation or hotel reservations or any other documents confirming the purpose of the trip too has been cancelled.
The visa is granted in different categories such as tourist, commercial, humanitarian and visiting relatives. The embassy had also noted that the cost of the consular fee to obtain a visa will be $40, while children under the age of 6 years will receive a free visa.
The official Twitter handle of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Russia, Moscow_oman, had tweeted the information which received positive response from users, mostly Omani citizens. The users welcomed the decision, and posted encouraging comments on visiting the country steeped in history and culture.
One user commented that 16 days gives the visitors ample time to visit the beautiful country and the many attractions it offers. “One can even visit the important cities in Russia, like Sochi, St Petersburgh, and Kazan, apart from the capital city.” Another one commented on the affordable transport and lodging options the country is known for that have made it a popular destination among travellers.
Moscow is among one of the many destinations that Oman Air has in its network of operations.