The new changes in visa rules came into effect from October 31, the Royal Police of Oman announced. Many people from India including Malayalees come to Oman in search of employment. It is usual to get a visit visa, find a job and change the visa, but that is no longer possible. With the announcement of changes in visa laws, Oman has also stopped issuing visas to one country. New visas will no longer be issued temporarily to Bangladeshi nationals. Visas will be renewed for Bangladeshi citizens who are currently in the country on work and residence visas. But the authorities have informed that no new visa will be granted. Oman e-visa takes 2 to 3 days to complete the process, while a tourist visa takes one to 7 days to complete.
Meanwhile, Oman has reduced the salary rate for family visa to 150 Riyals. It was a decision that came as a relief to many expatriates working in Oman. Among expatriates, many Malayalis are working in Oman. The salary rate was a barrier for them to bring their relatives. It was such a relief to change that.
Meanwhile, months have passed since the Go First service which used to operate from Oman to Kannur has stopped. It is not clear when the flight will resume. Only Air India is present in Muscat-Kannur sector.
Passengers from Kannur to Oman face a lot of difficulty.
The number of passengers increases during the season. Then it is the common expats who suffer because of the shortage of flights and high fares. There were reports that Go First will start services in October. But it is extending indefinitely.
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