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DUBAI – The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship reiterated that residency law violators have until August 18 to exit the UAE without getting a ban or fines.
The amnesty covers violations that took place before March 1 and applies to visit visa, tourist visa and residence visa violators, including business contract violators and those who fled from their sponsors.
Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports, on Monday (July 13) reiterated a directive by the UAE President allowing violators to leave the country without paying fines or getting a ban to re-enter the country.
The UAE Cabinet earlier issued a decision exempting all UAE residence visa holders and visitors overstaying their permits from fines effective from May 18 until August 18 if their visa expired before March 1.
If their visit visa or tourist visa expired after March 1, visitors will have 30 days from July 12 to exit the country without paying fines.
On Monday, General Al Rashidi said that amnesty seekers will need to be accompanied by their sponsors while applying for their departure permission, while investors and owners of violating companies have to cancel the violators’ status.
“The violating expatriate residents and visitors are exempted from all fines, as well as the ban stamp,” Al Rashidi said. These include employees with expired permits, anyone with expired tourist or visit visas and people working without any documents.
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.
You need to go to the airport with a valid passport and a 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:
– 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.
People under the age of 15 and people with special needs.
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.
The amnesty lets anyone with a visa that expired before March 1 to exit the UAE without paying fines.
From May 18 to August 18, 2020.
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.
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
You first need to book a one-way ticket through the airports in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. ICA/Expat Media
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