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Updated on July 16, 2020
DUBAI – The UAE has extended the grace period for holders visit visa or tourist visa that expired after March 1, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced.
Under the revised rules announced on July 16, these visa overstayers will be given additional 30 days after August 11 to leave the UAE or change their visa status without incurring fines.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) previously announced that holders of expired visit visa or tourist visa must exit the UAE by August 11, or within 30 days from July 12 to avoid paying penalties.
However, this ruling was revised on Thursday, with the ICA saying that those with expired entry visas can avail of a one-time, extended 30-day grace period after August 11.
This means that holders of expired visit visa or tourist visa have until September 10 to exit the country, otherwise they will be fined for overstaying their visa.
The fine for overstaying the visa is Dh225 for the first day and Dh25 for each subsequent day.
Authorities said that visit visa holders and tourist visa holders may change their status in order to continue staying in the UAE.
Thousands of tourists and visit visa holders have been stranded in the UAE due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
حَمَلة الأذونات وتأشيرات الدخول المتواجدين داخل الدولة
Holders of Entry Permits and visit visas inside the country
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Meanwhile, all previous rules extending the validity of expired tourist and visit visas, as well as residency visas to December 31 have been cancelled.
Those whose visas expired before March 1 may avail of a three-month amnesty from May 18 until August 18. The amnesty allows visa violators to exit the UAE without a ban and without paying fines. Read full guide here
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