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UAE increases costs of visas and Emirates ID

The fees for issuing Emirates IDs and visas in the UAE have increased.

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) acknowledged that its costs had increased by Dh100.

According to the agency, the charge hike applies to “all” ICP services.

The cost hike applies to Emirates ID, as well as visit and resident permits. Emirates ID will now cost Dh370 rather than Dh270, and a one-month visit visa will cost Dh370 up from Dh270.

There have been no modifications to visit visas issued from Dubai, according to travel firms.

“We applied for a few visit visas in Dubai today and have not seen any changes yet,” said Bharath Aidasani, managing partner of Pluto Travels.

This is the latest in a series of recent reforms to the visa and residency system.

Visit visas can no longer be extended within the UAE, forcing holders to leave the country and return on a new visa.

In addition, the ICP has reduced the penalties for overstaying visas in the country to Dh50. Overstaying tourists and visitors would be charged Dh50 per day instead of Dh100.

Overstaying on a residence visa will cost double – Dh50 per day instead of Dh25.

The UAE’s most significant entry and residency rules went into force last year.

A greatly expanded Golden Visa program, a new five-year Green residence, a multiple-entry tourist visa, and job hunting entrance permits were among the improvements. BKM/ Expat Media

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