[Travel News] Oman & EU Hold Visa Waiver Consultation

On Monday, a political consultation regarding waiving Schengen visa was held by the Foreign Ministry of Oman and the European External Action Service of the European Union.

In its latest press release, the Foreign Ministry of Oman disclosed that in the now third consultation, the two sides have been conferring steps that would waive Oman’s travellers from visa requirements to traverse the EU.

The meeting also saw both party discussed their bilateral relations between Oman and the EU:

A statement was announced: “The session dealt with a review of the bilateral relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the European Union and ways to enhance and develop them to serve the common interests of both sides.”

Sheikh Khalifa Alharthy, Diplomatic Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, led Oman’s side whereas EU’s was led by Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General and Political Director of the EEAS.

Besides the subject of waiving visa for travellers to the EU, regional and international issues were also discussed between both sides.

Not long after the closure of the meeting, the Oman News Agency reported that the EU was considering exempting Omani citizens from having to obtain a Schengen visa to enter the EU within the next two weeks.

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In Oman and the EU's previous consultation, which was held in May, the issue of waiving visas for citizens of Oman, as well as other issues regarding diplomatic ties, was also discussed.

In the meeting, the EU Commision delegation stressed the significance of dropping the Schengen visa requirements for Oman residents to them.

The Head of the Foreign Ministry’s European Union Department, Ambassador Khalid Baomar, has attended the consultation, along with a number of other officials.

Omani people love Schengen countries as a travel destination for leisure, business and education purposes. With a view to appeal more European tourists to Oman, the country’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism will be holding workshops in France and Italy during the next three days. These workshops are meant to promote Oman’s tourism during its recovery process.

A Shengen visa is a visa applied for Schengen Area’s countries, namely Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. It allows travellers from outside of the area to traverse its countries for up to 90 days per 180-day period.

This second meeting followed the first one in April, which saw EU delegates proposing visa-free travel to Oman leaders.

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