UAE Allows Tourists to Extend Visit Visas Without Leaving the Country

UAE has implemented a remarkable visa policy, enabling tourists to extend their visit visas within the country. This article discusses the guidelines for visa extension, fines for non-compliance, and the positive impact this change will have on tourism.
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In a groundbreaking move aimed at enhancing the experience of tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has announced that tourists holding visit visas can now extend their stay within the country.

This new regulation eliminates the need for tourists to exit the UAE before their visa expires, granting them the opportunity to explore the nation’s wonders and culture for an extended period.

Specific Guidelines for Visa Extension and Validity

According to an ICP agent, tourists entering the UAE on a visit visa must do so within 60 days from the date of issuance. The entry permit’s validity will depend on the type of visa, either 30 days or 60 days.

To comply with the new regulation, tourists must ensure that they either leave the UAE on the last day of their visa’s validity or extend their visa before it expires. Failure to do so may result in fines being imposed.

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Varying Fines Across Emirates

It is important to mention here that, the amount of fines imposed for overstaying varies from emirate to emirate. To avoid any confusion, the ICP agent strongly advises tourists to check with their sponsoring travel agent or the appropriate authorities in their emirate of visit.

Dubai Visit Visa Policies and Overstay Charges

Dubai, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UAE, has established clear guidelines regarding the visit visa policies. In Dubai, tourists with visit visas will be charged AED250 for the first day of overstay, and a subsequent charge of AED50 per day will apply thereafter.

UAE Elimination of the 10-Day Grace Period

This news follows the UAE’s substantial visa revisions last year, which included giving tourists the choice of obtaining visit visas for 30 or 60 days. Tourists were previously given a 10-day grace period to leave the country once their visas expired.

However, now the 10-day grace period has recently been deleted, making it mandatory for visa holders to leave the UAE on or before the last day of their visa’s validity.

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Boosting Tourism and Flexibility for Visitors

The UAE, with its magnificent architecture, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, attracts millions of tourists each year.

The decision to allow visa extensions within the country is expected to further boost the tourism industry and provide visitors with more flexibility in exploring all that the UAE has to offer.

As the UAE continues to innovate and adapt its visa policies, tourists can now plan their trips with greater ease, knowing that they have the option to extend their stay without the hassle of exiting the country.

With the elimination of the 10-day grace period, it is important for tourists to be well-informed about the regulations and consult the relevant authorities to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to the UAE.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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