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UAE visit visa: How to extend your tourist entry permit for 60 days

UAE tourists can increase the validity of their visit visa by extending their stay in the country for a maximum of 60 days.

However, those who do not extend their tourist visa as per the procedures set by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security (ICP) will face fines of AED50 per day.

If you have your visa issued in Dubai, it is important to note that the 10-day visit visa grace period for tourists has been scrapped as well.

This means that visitors who stay beyond the validity of their tourist visa without renewing their visas can be arrested for for illegal stay. The UAE conducts regular inspections to catch offenders.

That said, here is an extensive guide to extend your visit visa without getting fined.

Dubai scraps ‘grace period’ for visit visa holders

Tourists visiting Dubai will no longer receive a 10-day grace period when their tourist visa expires.

Travel agents, the ICP, and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) are advising visitors to apply for a 30-day extension visa before their original visa expires.

This extension can be obtained twice, allowing for an additional 60-day stay, an ICP call centre agent confirmed to Arabian Business on Friday.

However, there is an upper limit for number of days spent in the UAE. The number of days spent in UAE in a year must not exceed 120 days

How to Apply

Visit visa holders can extend their visa for 30 days twice via the same travel agency that issued their visa.

However, it is also possible to extend your visit visa via the ICP or GDRFA website, or via customer service centres.

Required documents

UAE visit visa holders must provide the following documents to the travel agent:

  • Original visa
  • Passport (with at least a six-month validity)

Holders can also apply for an extension via the ICP or GDRFA website, after which the visa will be extended within 48 hours.

Apply for a UAE tourist visa

Travellers originating from countries that do not have a visa-on-arrival agreement with the UAE have the option to apply for their visas beforehand either via a travel agency or through the airline.

It is also important to note that individuals who are not eligible for visa-free entry or a visa on arrival in the UAE have the option to apply for a tourist visa. Check out the full list here.

In addition, females under the age of 18 cannot apply for a tourist visa unless they are accompanied by their parents.

To extend your tourist entry permit for an additional 60 days in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the necessary documents:
    • Your original passport (with a minimum validity of 6 months)
    • Copy of your passport’s main page and visa page
    • Copy of your Emirates ID (if applicable)
    • Your flight ticket (showing a departure date at least 60 days later)
    • Proof of accommodation in the UAE (hotel reservation or rental agreement)
    • Sufficient funds to cover your stay (bank statements, credit card statements, etc.)
  2. Visit the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) office:
    • Locate the nearest GDRFA office in the emirate you are staying in (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, etc.)
    • You may need to book an appointment online beforehand, depending on the emirate’s requirements.
  3. Submit your application:
    • Fill out the visa extension application form (available at the GDRFA office or their website).
    • Attach the required documents mentioned above.
    • Pay the visa extension fee (the amount may vary).
  4. Wait for the visa extension approval:
    • The processing time for visa extensions can vary, but it typically takes a few working days.
    • You can check the status of your application online using the reference number provided to you.
  5. Collect your extended visa:
    • Once your visa extension is approved, you will receive a notification.
    • Visit the GDRFA office again to collect your extended entry permit.
    • Bring your original passport and the receipt of your visa extension fee payment.

It is important to note that visa extension policies and procedures may change, so it is advisable to check the official website of the relevant GDRFA office or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information and requirements.

Additionally, it’s recommended to initiate the visa extension process well in advance of your current visa’s expiration date to allow sufficient time for processing and avoid any potential issues.

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