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UK to ease visa norms for Omanis
October 29, 2013 , 8 : 33 am GST
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The tweet of Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Bu Said, secretary-general at Omanís Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the easing of UK visa procedures.
Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Bu Said, secretary-general at Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, urged citizens through a tweet on Monday to wait for an official announcement regarding the easing of UK visa procedures for Omani citizens.
"Yes, it is true but wait for the formal announcement by the British authority as there is a mechanism that will have to be followed," the official tweeted in reply to a query on the microblogging portal.
Last week, while attending the 'Oman and Sea' exhibition in Paris, the Omani official said that Omanis would soon get visas online to visit the UK. "The British government hopes to set in place easier procedures for the Omanis to obtain British visas," he said on the sidelines of the exhibition. Al Busaidi added that steps were being taken to make visas available online to the Omanis by the end of this year without requiring them to visit the British Embassy for this purpose.
Meanwhile, according to media reports in London, the British government has decided to significantly ease visa application procedures for Omanis intending to visit the country for medical treatment or tourism purposes. Those who wish to study or work in the country will still need to follow the conventional procedures.
The reports claimed that Omanis travelling to the UK for tourism or treatment will need to send an e-mail to the website of the British Embassy in Muscat and wait for approval that will come within a period of 48 hours.
The traveller then has to take a printout of the approval, which will be considered as a visa, when travelling to the UK. Upon arrival at any of the UK airports, fingerprints will be taken.
This new facility is also applicable for citizens of Qatar, the UAE, and Kuwait, the media reports added.
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