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DUBAI – The UAE has extended its amnesty period to give reprieve to people staying in the country on an expired residence visa, visit visa or tourist visa.
As announced by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship on November 17, the amnesty applies to people with visas that expired before March 1. They have until December 31 to leave the country without incurring fines.
To exit the UAE, amnesty seekers must book their travel tickets, confirm their boarding passes; and travel from any of these airports: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Book a one-way ticket through the airports in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, then go to the airport with a valid passport and your one-way ticket.
For Dubai: Report at a special checking station 48 hours before departure. Bring your passport, copy of expired visit visa or tourist visa, and airline ticket. The checking stations are located in:
– Civil Aviation Security Centre, Dubai Airport, Terminal 2
– Deportation Centre, Dubai Airport, Terminal 2
For Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah: Report to the airport six hours before departure. Bring your passport, copy of expired visit visa or tourist visa, and airline ticket.
People under the age of 15 and people with special needs.
You can call the toll-free number 800453 between 8am and 10pm, except on holidays.
You should arrive not more than four hours before your scheduled departure time.
Your airline ticket. Only ticket holders will be allowed to enter the terminal building. You are also required to wear a facemask and a pair of gloves.
Without a fine waiver, people with expired residence visas face fines of Dh25 per day and an additional Dh20 daily penalty for failing to renew their Emirates ID. They will also pay additional Dh250 upon leaving the country.
Those with expired tourist visas or visit visas will face a Dh200 fine for the first day and Dh100 per day on succeeding days.
The amnesty lets anyone with a visa that expired before March 1 to exit the UAE without paying fines.
The amnesty period began on May 18. It is now extended until December 31, 2020, giving violators the chance to leave the country without incurring fines or blacklist.
Anyone holding a UAE tourist visa, visit visa or residency visa that expired before March 1, 2020 can avail of the amnesty if they leave the country on or before December 31, 2020.
The amnesty also covers visa law violators, if the violations took place before March 1.
You will need to exit the UAE before August 18 if you no longer wish to stay in the country and would like to leave without paying fines.
You will need to apply for a new residence visa, visit visa or tourist visa in order to continue staying in the UAE. Read updated rules here
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