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UAE visa: Fines for overstaying reduced from Dh100 to Dh50 per day

Tourists who stay in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa will be fined Dh50 per day instead of Dh100.

However, the penalty for overstaying while on a residency permit has increased from Dh25 to Dh50 per day.

The modifications have been in place since October 3, when the new UAE entrance and resident visa requirements took effect.

Previously, the penalty was determined by the expired visa type.

According to a spokesperson for the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security, “the new system unified the amount of overstay fines to Dh50 per day for any type of visa violator.”

“The overstay fine payment can be paid either by visiting happiness centres or online through the authority website and smart application,” the spokesperson added.

Days spent processing documents or updating information are counted in the days accumulating the fine.

If an application to renew the visa is started, but the correct documents are not uploaded within 30 days, the application will be revoked, and a new one must be started.

Once the permission has been canceled or expired, residents have a six-month grace period to leave the country or change their status. Staying in the UAE after this becomes a crime.

Without a visa renewal, an offender with an expired visit visa can be arrested after 30 days. Inspection campaigns are regularly carried out to catch offenders.

The new UAE visa restrictions, which went into force last month, allow visitors to stay for up to 60 days. BKM/ Expat Media

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