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UAE Extends Grace Period for Expired Visit Visas

Those who entered the UAE on a tourist or visit visa after March 1, 2020 can now stay in the country until September 11, 2020

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11 August 2020

Last updated on 11 August 2020
UAE Extends Grace Period for Expired Visit Visas

Fines will be charged for overstaying after September 11

Previously, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced a one-month grace period for visa renewal with August 11 as the deadline.

On Monday evening, the ICA posted via their official Twitter that visitors who came into the UAE on a visit or tourist visa after March 1, 2020 now have an additional 30 days before they are charged with overstay fines.

The official tweet read: "The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, ICA, issued a decision to extend the deadline for holders of expired entry permits and visas from 11th August, 2020, for one month, to enable them to leave the country and exempt them from all resulting fines."

Those on a UAE tourist or visit visa and were unable to travel due to the travel restrictions in March, have one month to leave. Visitors who leave the UAE within the next 30 days will be permitted to return again.

Anyone who remains in the country after September 11, 2020 will receive fines.

If you have an expired UAE tourist or visit visa, you may take advantage of the new grace period and settle your status by leaving the country and then re-entering.

Once you have settled your status, the ICA said that you "are welcome to visit the country anytime."

Under the previous guidelines, people with residency visas that expired or were cancelled after July 12 had one month to leave the UAE or renew their visas. In addition, anyone whose visa expired or was cancelled between March 1 - July 11 had a three-month grace period to either amend their status or leave the country.

Overstaying your expired residency visa will incur an AED 25 fine per day. When you're exiting the country, the total fine is AED 250 + AED 25 per day of overstay.