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Amnesty, expired UAE visit visa, residence visa: FAQs

 

DUBAI – A UAE official has clarified the country’s new law allowing visa violators to leave the country without incurring fines within a three-month period.

Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Foreigners’ Affairs and Ports at Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, in virtual conference on June 8, clarified the new amnesty rules and guidelines for visa holders. Here’s all you need to know.

What is the amnesty all about?

The amnesty lets anyone with a visa that expired before March 1 to exit the UAE without paying fines.

When is the amnesty period?

From May 18 to August 18, 2020.

Who can avail of amnesty?

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 August 18.

What about visa law violators?

The amnesty also covers visa law violators, if the violations took place before March 1.

What if my visa expired after March 1?

If you are currently within the UAE when your visa expired after March 1, then your residence visa, tourist visa or visit visa will be automatically extended to December 31, 2020.

What if my residence visa expired after March 1 while I am outside the UAE?

Your visa will remain valid until December 31, 2020.

What if my visa was cancelled before or after 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.

What if my visa was cancelled before or after March 1 and I still want to stay in the UAE?

You will need to apply for a new residence visa, visit visa or tourist visa in order to continue staying in the UAE.

How do I avail of the amnesty?

You first need to book a one-way ticket through the airports in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

What is the amnesty procedure for holders of expired residence visas?

You need to go to the airport with a valid passport and a one-way ticket.

What is the amnesty procedure for holders of expired tourist or visit visas?

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:

– Deportation Centre, Dubai Airport, Terminal 2
– Civil Aviation Security 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.

Who are exempted from going to the checking centers?

People under the age of 15 and people with special needs.

How soon should I arrive at the airport?

You should arrive not more than four hours before your scheduled departure time.

What should I bring with me?

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. ICA/Expat Media

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