UAE scraps visit visa grace period, introduces hassle-free extensions

These changes are being rolled out to make things easier for tourists and visitors.

The UAE has announced that it’s removing the 10-day grace period for visitors whose tourist visas have expired. This decision has been confirmed by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security, so it’s the real deal.

The elimination of the grace period means that individuals who overstay their visas will be fined AED 50 per day. Tourists must adhere to the visa expiration dates and failure to do so may result in fines and potential complications at immigration checkpoints.

But hold on, there’s more to the story. After scrapping the grace period, the UAE has introduced a new system for people who are already in the country on a UAE visit visa. Now, if you’re already here and need to extend your visa, you can do it without leaving the country. No more rushing to the airport, arduous border runs, or worrying about overstaying.

And here’s the exciting part: If you’re holding a 30 or 60-day UAE visit visa, you now have a fantastic opportunity to add an extra 30 days to your stay without the hassle of leaving the country. No need to pack your bags and bid farewell just yet. You can soak up everything that the UAE has to offer for a little while longer. And the maximum extension period for all UAE visit visa holders is 120 days – so you have plenty of time to make the most of your stay.

These changes are being rolled out to make things easier for tourists and visitors. Just reach out to your travel agent or your sponsor and they should be able to help you out with the extension process. 

So go out there, explore and create some unforgettable memories.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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