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How to bring your car to Oman

Hello everybody,

If you exported your car to Oman, were there any formalities that needed to be completed beforehand? What were they?

What is the best way to export your car? Is there a limit on the number of vehicles, or perhaps the age of the vehicle? Are there limits on emissions or emission controls in Oman?

What are the expected costs of exporting a car? In your opinion, is it worth it?

Once you arrived in Oman, what were the applicable taxes? What was the customs process like?

How do you go about registering an imported car in Oman?

Is it best to buy a car once you have arrived or to bring your car with you, in your opinion?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bhavna

Hi, I have not brought my car to Muscat so do not have any idea of this. Thnx

Yes I brought my car from UAE to Oman.
First you have to get the export board by applying for transfer to Oman
Second You have to pay tax for the car at the customs when u enter the border into Oman.
Once you pay the tax, they give you the receipt
Third you have to register in Oman with the tax receipt, driving licence and export board
Enjooooy ur drive in Oman

Great info.  How would one ship a car purchased here, out of Muscat to another country .

Hey Bhavna,

            Oman is a place where you can see only cars on all the roads. Due to the lack of public transport, car has become a mandatory requirement of survival for every local or expat living here at Oman.

            I believe you are from India. Compared to India, the cost of any car is 40% to 50% cheaper, as there is no tax being laid upon car manufacturers. For example: Toyota Fortuner: India-39 Lakhs; Oman-20 Lakhs, Toyota Corolla: India-19 Lakhs; Oman-11 Lakhs (Approx Pricing).

            Unlike India, there are lot of car manufacturers in Oman, which gives you a lot of options to choose from. They also provide warranty for 3 to 5 years for any new car, 30,000 to 100,000 kms free servicing, free insurance, free registration, etc etc.

           Due to the continuous intake of expats, the scope for resale of your pre-owned cars are also high. You can see a lot of Pre-owned car showroom in every areas of Muscat.

           The best part of buying it in Oman is that, when you buy a car in Oman under a bank loan, the interest rates vary between 4.5% to 5% per annum, unlike India, where it starts from 9.5% per annum.

           Hence i would personally suggest you to forget your plans of importing any cars to Oman and find your dream car at a really low price and go for it. Take care.

I didnt bring my car from india because india is having right hand driving and oman have left hand so I bought new car in oman.
Br,

No, I did not take my car to Oman. I did however considered it but decided not to.
I suggest you wait weigh the $$ amount and decide if it's worth it. If you wait until end of May , June and July expats are leaving you can buy cars for cheaper during this time. Hope this help.

I was planned to bring the car to Oman while moving but I sold it in a good price and to buy another from Muscat.
to bring the car to Oman, you need to pay 5% tax and the vehicle condition is good as it has to pass the same in the ROP centre.
Ofcourse there is a restriction in vehicle age ( but am not sure exactly)
As an expat, you cannot bring more vehicle in your name  but your one vehicle is allowed.
Hope this helps...
Thanks

Hi

In Oman, public transport system is prevaliling but normally prefer to use own transportation.

Hi ,

Even I'm planning to bring my car from Saudi to Muscat, what is the custom duty you paid? N I have heard that if you have original custom paper from the dealer, I can avoid paying custom taxes, is it true?
Also, is Oman's residence card must to get my car exported as I just have the visa with me as of now. Appreciate your help.

Regards
Kashif

Hello,

I will be moving from Abu dhabi to Muscat in October. I am planning to import my car. It is a 2009 car. I have heard mixed advice about how old the car can be, to be fit to be imported to Oman.
Some say it can be within 10years and then I have also heard only cars from 2010 and onwards are allowed to be imported.

Any clarity on that will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Well as far as year is concerned, mine is 2014 model. But I had other concerns like custom duty , residency etc. I am still willing to take risk n drive my car on my own via UAE to Muscat. Appreciate others help on it.

Best regards
Kashif

Hello Bhavna,

Firstly it depends from where you are bringing your car to Oman. Like if it is from any of the neighbouring countries like Dubai-UAE it is good to bring in your car, you can actually drive in through the border, with an export certificate.

If you are going to ship it than it is not advised only for the good reason that the cars are cheaper in OMAN than most countries in the world because of no or negligible taxation.

Unless it is a very exclusive car (the one of kind vintage or the super cars category) where you would like to go through the hassle of exporting, shipping and importing, it is not advised.

Hope it helps.

Hi Kashif

Just wanted to know have you already brought your car from saudi to oman? What was the proceedure and how easy / difficult was it?

Regards
Khalil

Hi Khalil,

Almost all the process is done, will be driving on my own on 14th september.got all my paper work ready.

Regards
Kashif

Hi kashif

That's really nice to hear. All the best for ur drive to Muscat. Could you please explain me the procedure in detail. Anytime of ur convenience.

Thanks in advance
Khalil

Hi Khalil,

I was able to bring my car since I drove on my own, the process is pretty simple. Just make sure you don't have any loan in it else you would have to need NOC from your bank. Visit Muroor office in Rawdha ( Information center one) with all your papers like Fahas, insurance, istemara, Driving license and a letter from your company with attestation of Saudi chamber of Commerce in it. Once you submit these papers to the officer, he will give you a form in Arabic to fill, take your Saudi friend or if you know Arabic well n good. Fill the form along with all the papers above. Mohandis will quickly inspect the car and ask you to pay 100 riyals online. There are many brokers outside holding Riyadh bank ATM and would pay the amount for some commission. Once done, the officer will ask you to take the old plates out and then handover the plates to him.
After half n hour he will put the entry in system and in Absher it would reflect that your car has been exported.
The officer will give you the new plates and two papers then which would reflect that your car has been exported successfully.
Put the new temporary plates in your car and exit the kingdom within 15 days. Make sure to take those two papers with you while you exit. Now, the real challenge is border, instead of exiting directly visit the custom first and ask the officer to prepare Bayaan I.e. export paper based on the two papers you had. Once the officer in custom prepares the Bayaan only then you cross the border.
Finally in Al Wajaha border in Oman, you have to show all your papers and get import paper done. Make sure you stamp your visa first in Oman Immigration counter and turn back to Customs which is 7 km behind. Idea of getting Visa stamped first is because the custom guys would enter details in system and they need your Visa copy. Pay the custom charges there based on your car value and then exit the border. It was bit of a hassle for me but it was worth as I had pretty new bmw car.
Let me know how does it work for you, I just came yesterday night to Oman. My next job is to get the registration done.

Hope this helps.let me know if you or anyone still have any doubts.

Regards
Kashif

Hi All,
I move from Abu Dhabi to muscat last month, now I am planning to bring my car via road. But still I have uae Auto driving license. Can I pass/import my car from  the oman border with my uae auto license. Do I need to have Omani driving license to import my car from Abu Dhabi to oman ?

Hello Mr.Kashif,

First of all thank you for helpful information,

You drive Car from Saudi Arabia to Oman ,
Did You do it through UAE or directly to Oman , if you pass through UAE can you please explain the transit procedure.

Regards ,
Diaa

Hello friends,

I need help on getting information regarding transferring the car from Saudi Arabia to Oman. My job has been transferred to Muscat and i wish to take my car along because its just 4 years old and almost brand new. I would like if someone who has experienced taking car by road can help to provide the following information:

1) what is the procedure in Saudi for taking the permission to take the car;
2) what is the estimated cost for that;
3) i would drive the car myself and i understand that the only route is through UAE; to pass through UAE what are the requirements we need to make sure before entering; how long we can stay in UAE and what is the cost at UAE border;
4) At Oman border, what are the custom requirements, cost, documentation, time etc and what is the procedure at border;
5) once in muscat, what is the procedure to get the registration.

Please include if you know what are the minimum requirements that the car should meet in order to get into Muscat.

Appreciating your support and soonest feedback.

Regards
Aizaz

Dear Aizaz,

It's really unfortunate that you didn't read my post before asking too many questions..My advise to you would be to go step by step..Please go n get Saudi formalities done from traffic police in Rawdah. Once done let me know your issues. All my steps are explained very clearly n precisely. Cost involvement is minimal as long as you are driving.

Regards
Kashif

Yes I passed through UAE, just get the Immigration done ay Saudi border , get the Bayaan copy (export paper) from there so even if you don't do UAE car formalities, that should be fine in Oman Customs because you country of origin was Saudi Arabia while destination was Oman. All you need to have is valid UAE visa for yourself while you enter UAE and that too if you are entering on final exit, then your UAE Visa should be from someone who lives in UAE. They have to apply Visit Visa for you if you are making final exit from Saudi.
Regards
Kashif

My Apologies Kashif, thanks for your guidance, my main concern was on point number 3
and 4. I was not sure if there are any formalities at the Saudi - UAE border and do they charge any fee and then what custom payments are at border.

Appreciate if you text me your contact number on my email (***) and would be grateful for a telephonic discussion if needed.

Thank you again for your time and directions.

Regards,
Aizaz

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