Sheikh Mohammed during a virtual meeting with the UAE Cabinet.


No fines for expired residence visas this 2020, says Sheikh Mohammed


DUBAI – Fines for anyone with expired residence visas will be cancelled throughout 2020, the Dubai ruler announced on Sunday (April 5).

The new directive was approved during a Cabinet meeting on Sunday where ministers agreed to waive fines for anyone who overstayed their visa as a result of the coronavirus. The decision will be applied until the end of 202o.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the decision during a virtual Cabinet meeting.

Sheikh Mohammed also announced the decision to “reinforce the nation’s strategic stockpile”, and ordered factories to support the needs of the health sector.

“The UAE today is moving as one team and cooperating as one family. All individuals are helping and supporting one another to cross this exceptional period the world is facing today. We thank God for this good spirit, for this safe country, and for such a great and united people,” Sheikh Mohammed said in a tweet.

Last week, the UAE Cabinet approved a decision to extend residence permits that have expired from March 31 onwards. According to the Cabinet decision, the residence permits will be renewed for three months without additional fees effective April 1. ICA/Expat Media

Expired UAE residence visas, permits to be extended for free

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