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UAE Removes 10-Days Grace Period For Overstaying Tourists


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the removal of the 10-day grace period for tourists who overstay their visas. Effective immediately, individuals whose tourist visas expire will no longer be granted additional time to exit the country without facing penalties. The decision, shared by local travel agents and call center workers, is expected to be officially confirmed by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) soon.


Previously, individuals who overstayed their visa validity were given a 10-day grace period to leave the UAE before being subject to fines. However, under the new directive, those who exceed the permitted stay duration will be required to pay a daily fine of DH50. Travel agents have already informed their clients about the revised policy.


Firosekhan, the operation manager at Arabian Business Centre (Amer Centre – Sheikh Zayed Road), revealed that all emirates, except Dubai, had already abolished the 10-day grace period for visit visas. As of May 15, Dubai authorities have also eliminated the grace period, meaning that visitors or tourists must exit the country before their visas expire. Failure to comply with the new regulations will result in overstay fines being imposed.


Tourists who continue to stay in the UAE without renewing their visas will now be deemed to be staying in the country illegally. Consequently, inspection campaigns will be conducted to identify and apprehend offenders. Individuals caught overstaying their visa duration will be required to pay a daily fine of Dh50, in addition to Dh320 for relevant charges and exit permits. For those overstaying for 10 days, the total amount to be paid will be Dh820, including the fine and associated fees.


It is important to note that last year, the Dubai tourist visa validity was extended from 30 days to 60 days. Moreover, tourists were given the option to renew their visas for an additional 30 or 60 days upon application, allowing them to enjoy a total stay of up to 120 days in the UAE.


The recent policy change aims to ensure compliance with visa regulations and maintain the integrity of the UAE's immigration system. Tourists and visitors are strongly advised to adhere to their visa conditions and make necessary arrangements to leave the country before their visas expire to avoid incurring fines or facing legal consequences.


The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security is expected to release an official statement soon to provide further details and clarification on the revised visa policies.

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