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Does anyone know how many visa runs you can do from Dubai to Oman or is there a limit on them?

I have done 2 to Oman already.

Also could anyone recommend somewhere to stay for a night or 2 over xmas..make a little break away out of it instead of driving down and back on the same day!
 

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no limit, i did 9 i think?? lost count lol.
 

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What's the process of doing the visa run? Do you just drive into Oman and then turn back?
Also, do you have to pay(visa fees) to get into Oman?
 

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get on the road and follow directions for HATTA,

before you get to the border you need UAE exit stamp (station is about 5 minutes beofre the border) get that done first then start driving again and park up by the border control go inside fill out form, pay 60 AED and ask for entry and exit stamp back to UAE then get back in car drive back, stop again get UAE entry stamp... finish..
 

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yeah 30 days is stamped but really its 40 days.... because they give you 10 days grace period..
 

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get on the road and follow directions for HATTA,

before you get to the border you need UAE exit stamp (station is about 5 minutes beofre the border) get that done first then start driving again and park up by the border control go inside fill out form, pay 60 AED and ask for entry and exit stamp back to UAE then get back in car drive back, stop again get UAE entry stamp... finish..
I have done a few visa runs lately and have not had to pay anything to come back into UAE...:confused:
 

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I'm going to do my first visa run soon. Is it true that you can't cross the border in a rented car? Also, if you're going with a UAE resident, are they exempt from paying the fees?
Lastly, I read elsewhere that they charge you a fine for every day over your visa you are late. Is this 10 day grace period for real and free?
Thanks!
 

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I know people who did a visa run in a rented car...i am doing mine this week sometime also in a rented car so i hope it is not a problem lol

I'm going to do my first visa run soon. Is it true that you can't cross the border in a rented car? Also, if you're going with a UAE resident, are they exempt from paying the fees?
Lastly, I read elsewhere that they charge you a fine for every day over your visa you are late. Is this 10 day grace period for real and free?
Thanks!
 

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I'm going to do my first visa run soon. Is it true that you can't cross the border in a rented car? Also, if you're going with a UAE resident, are they exempt from paying the fees?
Lastly, I read elsewhere that they charge you a fine for every day over your visa you are late. Is this 10 day grace period for real and free?
Thanks!
You will need permission from the rental company to take the vehicle out of the UAE and also insurance for Oman.

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Thank you. I have heard that you can buy insurance for Oman at the border. It seems a shame to go all the way to Oman and not see anything there. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to visit that can be seen as a day trip from Dubai?
 

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Thank you. I have heard that you can buy insurance for Oman at the border. It seems a shame to go all the way to Oman and not see anything there. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to visit that can be seen as a day trip from Dubai?
You can buy car insurance for Oman just before the border, BUT only if you own the car. For a hire car, you have to get the compnay to sort it out, for which you will usually have to pay.

To be honest, there is very little on the other side of the border in Oman for several hours. Best to explore Hatta a little.

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Yes I contacted my rental company and they said I do not need thier permission but that I will need to purchase insurance from Oman at the border for around 150 dhs.
 

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You don't actually need to enter oman when you renew your visa - so renting is not a problem if you just need stamp, all you do is drive between the border posts.

1. Drive to Dubai and get exit stamp
2. Drive to Oman border (around 2km), fill out form and pay for Oman visa - tell them you're turning around or they will need to see vehicle insurance
3. drive back to Dubai border and get Dubai visa stamp (free)

Did the Hatta run many times before realising you don't need to get an exit stamp or oman visa if you have a resident's visa.

Another route is to drive north to Musandam, you can drive into oman there and take boat trips around the fjords, stay in hotels, camp out, etc.
 

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Did the Hatta run many times before realising you don't need to get an exit stamp or oman visa if you have a resident's visa.
I am going on a visa run tomorrow. My brother, who has a residence visa will be taking us. So according to you, he doesn't have to worry about exit and entry stamps and Oman visa regardless of which passport he carries?

I just want to double check so we dont run into any problems.
 

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Thank you. I have heard that you can buy insurance for Oman at the border. It seems a shame to go all the way to Oman and not see anything there. Does anyone have any recommendations of places to visit that can be seen as a day trip from Dubai?
Why not cross over at the Musandam border (North of RAK) - it is an amazing place with dramatic scenery, very friendly locals, very undeveloped so far. If you go really early in the morning you can catch a dhow cruise for 200dhs for all day, and can relax, snorkel and wildlife watch (including dolphins, been 5 times, seen dolphins every time) to your heart's content.
 

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I am going on a visa run tomorrow. My brother, who has a residence visa will be taking us. So according to you, he doesn't have to worry about exit and entry stamps and Oman visa regardless of which passport he carries?

I just want to double check so we dont run into any problems.
That's correct, your brother only needs to have his passport with him to show Dubai officials his residence visa at the exit (sometimes they don't even look at it & they don't need to stamp it when you go through exit).

Last time at Oman border I just went and got a coffee and just hung around whilst my friend (American) was sorting out their visa and didn't even need to speak to the Oman officials. Just tell them you go straight back to Dubai, they know this goes on and it's never been a problem.

When going back through Dubai border control they will again need to see your brother's residence visa, but again no need to get stamp (I even waited in the car, only the visitor needs to go and can take your brother's passport).
 

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Thanks for the advice. My first visa run went smoothly save for a brief panic when finding ourselves in Oman on the way to Hatta (we thought we had missed the border crossing). At no point did anyone ask to see any documentation or insurance for the rental car, so it might be possible (though it's probably not a good idea) to just do the run without insurance, since the car barely goes into Oman.
 
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