The fees to issue Emirates ID and visas in the UAE have revised, travel and typing centre agents have mentioned. A customer care agent at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has confirmed that its fees have gone up by Dh100, local news agencies said.
The fee increase applies to “all” ICP services, the agent added.
The price hike will accordingly be applicable to services including Emirates ID, resident visas, and visit visas.
A typing centre agent said the fee increase applies to Emirates ID and visit and residency visas. Emirates ID will now cost Dh370 instead of Dh270; and the fee to issue a one-month visit visa is Dh370 instead of Dh270, according to the Kahleej Times.
This is the latest in a string of changes to the visa and residency system implemented recently. Visit visas can no longer be extended within the UAE, with holders having to exit the country and come back on a fresh visa. The ICP also recently standardised the fine on overstaying visas in the country to Dh50. Tourist and visit visa holders who overstay will pay Dh50 a day instead of Dh100. Those overstaying on a residency visa will have to pay double — Dh50 a day instead of Dh25.
Last year, the UAE’s largest entry and residency reforms went into effect. The changes included a significantly expanded Golden Visa scheme, a new five-year Green residency, a multiple-entry tourist visa and job hunting entry permits.
However, tourists can take advantage of a system of same-day visa status changes, or by visiting a neighbouring country to the UAE until they receive their new visas. This process needs to be completed via a travel agent.