Muscat – His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik issued Royal Decree No 23/2023 on Omanis’ marriage to foreigners on Sunday.
Article 1 cancels Royal Decree No 58/93 and annuls all decisions issued in implementation of its provisions.
Article 2 states that the provisions of this decree will not prejudice the provisions of the Islamic Sharia or public order or any provision cited in the laws, Royal Decrees or applicable systems stipulating non-marriage to a foreigner as a condition for occupying or continuing to occupy certain public jobs of significance or special nature.
Article 3 stipulates that documents proving the cases of marriage of Omanis to foreigners within the Sultanate of Oman will be documented in accordance with the provisions of the relevant laws and Royal Decrees. Foreign documents proving these cases of marriage are treated as official Omani documents after being authenticated by the competent authorities in the respective foreign country/countries, as well as the Omani Foreign Ministry.
Article 4 validates the documents evidencing the marriage of Omanis to foreigners that are issued by foreign official authorities prior to the date of entry into force of this decree – even though they might be in violation of the provisions regulating the marriage of Omanis to foreigners in force at that time – on condition that those documents be authenticated by the Omani Foreign Ministry, and in a manner that does not contradict the provisions of Article 2 of this decree.
Article 5 states that units of the State’s Administrative Apparatus and other public legal persons will implement the provisions of this decree, each in their own areas of jurisdiction.
Article 6 repeals all that contravenes this decree or contradicts its provisions.
Article 7 states that this decree will be published in the Official Gazette and enforced starting the day following its publication.