Royal Decree

Royal Decree 23/2023 regarding the Marriage of Omanis to Foreigners

2023/23 23/2023


We, Haitham bin Tarik, the Sultan of Oman

after perusal of the Basic Statute of the State,

the Personal Status Law promulgated by Royal Decree 32/97,

the Law of Public Notaries promulgated by Royal Decree 40/2003,

the Omani Nationality Law promulgated by Royal Decree 38/2014,

Royal Decree 58/93 Delegating in the Issuance of the Provisions Governing the Marriage of Omanis to Foreigners and Amending the Law Governing Omani Nationality,

and Royal Decree 37/2022 Determining the Competences of the Ministry of Interior and Adopting Its Organisational Structure,

and in pursuance of public interest,

have decreed as follows

Article I

The aforementioned Royal Decree 58/93 and the decisions issued in the implementation of its provisions are hereby repealed.

Article II

The provisions of this royal decree shall not prejudice the provisions of Islamic Sharia or public order, or any provision in applicable laws, royal decrees, and systems stipulating non-marriage to a foreigner as a condition for assuming and continuing in some public offices of special importance or nature.

Article III

Documents proving the marriage of Omanis to foreigners that takes place in the Sultanate of Oman shall be documented in accordance with the provisions of the relevant laws and royal decrees. Foreign documents proving such marriage shall be treated as official Omani documents after their attestation by the competent entities in the foreign state and the Omani Foreign Ministry.

Article IV

Documents proving the marriage of Omanis to foreigners issued by foreign official entities before the date of the entry into force of this royal decree in violation of the provisions governing the marriage of Omanis to foreigners applicable at the time shall be relied upon after their attestation by the Omani Foreign Ministry, to the degree they do not conflict with the provisions of article II of this decree.

Article V

The units of the administrative apparatus of the state and other public legal persons shall implement the provisions of this decree each in regard to its competence.

Article VI

All that is contrary to this decree, or in conflict with its provisions, is hereby repealed.

Article VII

This decree shall be published in the Official Gazette, and comes into force on the day following the date of its publication.

Issued on: 25 Ramadan 1444
Corresponding to: 16 April 2023

Haitham bin Tarik
Sultan of Oman