Visitors with Expired UAE Visas May Exit w/o Paying Fines Until Sept. 11

Tourists or visitors in the UAE whose visas have expired after March 1 only have until September 11 to regularize their status or exit the country without paying fines.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) in August announced a one-month extension for visitors whose entry permits expired after March 1. The extension which took effect on August 11 will end on Friday, September 11.

Visitors With Expired UAE Visas Have Until Sept 11 to Exit Without Paying Fines
Credits: Dubai Government Media Office

Has Your UAE Visa Expired? You Have Until September 11 to Exit the Country Without Paying Fines

In an earlier tweet by the authority, it said: “The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship extends the grace period for holders of expiring entry permits, starting from 11/8/2020 for a period of one month, with the aim of enabling them to leave the country with exemption from all fines during this period.”

According to the ICA, visitors also have the option to remain in the country if they regularize their status by obtaining a visit or employment visa.

However, if the visitor fails to either leave the country or have their visa renewed after the said extension period, they shall have to deal with overstay fines.

According to Amer centers, overstaying fines cost AED 200 for the first day and AED 100 per day every day after.

On July 10, the UAE government announced that “holders of the UAE’s visit or tourist visas that expired after March 1 must leave the UAE within one month from July 11, 2020. That is by August 11.”

Since the announcement, the ICA has urged visitors to exit the country within the stipulated deadline, which will help facilitate their return to the UAE.

In line with this, the UAE Cabinet had issued a decision that canceled all previously issued resolutions related to the residency of expatriates and validity of visas, entry permits, and ID cards. The automatic extension of expired visas and IDs until December this year was withdrawn.

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