Unsuccessful Attempt at Crossing the UAE-Oman Border
Today was supposed to be our third visit to the neighboring country, Oman, but we were denied entrance.
The picture above was taken shortly before we reached the UAE-Oman border. The weather is lovely. You can tell it’s winter when the breeze is cool, the skies filled with thick clouds, and the locals having tea under the trees.
So what exactly happened?
My brother-in-law is down with flu, plus his UAE visa has expired so his passport is not with him. His wife was reluctant to leave him behind, but we forced her to come with us, tempting her with promises of breath-taking scenery and watching the dolphins swim as we sail in a traditional dhow.
The UAE side of the border had no issues putting an exit stamp on her passport. They even charge you for exiting the country, which we’ve always found rather strange. We then drove across the border, which is delineated by barbed-wire fences.
The Omani immigration, however, looked at her UAE visa and enquired about the husband, who is her sponsor. They said that according to their law, a UAE-resident whose visa is sponsored by his or her family member—a parent, sibling, child, or spouse—can not be granted visa-on-arrival to Oman unless that sponsor is traveling as well.
All our efforts to convince them to grant her visa did not work, so we headed back to the UAE border and had entry stamped in our passports.
This was my life’s shortest travel abroad. I exited and entered the country within 20 minutes.
And took a single photograph.