No fines for expired UAE residence, visit or tourist visas, says official


DUBAI – The UAE will not impose fines on anyone whose visa in the UAE expired from March 31, a UAE official said.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Merri, Director General of the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai, said the rule applies to holders of expired residence visa, visit visa, tourist visa and all other visas issued in the UAE.

Al Merri made the statement after the UAE Cabinet decided to waive all fines for expired visas and said that these will be renewed for free for a period of three months beginning on April 1.

“All people holding any kind of UAE visas or residency will be exempted from any fines for a renewable period of three months. Holders of UAE residency but are out of the country are part of the decision issued by our wise leadership,” Al Merri said in an interview with Dubai TV on Wednesday (April 1).

“There are different types of residency visas and all are exempted now as of March 1. They are also exempted from any financial penalties incurred under the current conditions,” Al Merri added.

The official said that the move is part of UAE measures to limit the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on various sectors of the country.

“The decision aims to facilitate procedures for citizens, residents and visitors, ensure their health and safety, and support the work progress and continuity of government work in various entities and sectors,” he said, adding that anyone with a query can call the Amer hotline 8005111. ICA/Expat Media

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