Updated June 2023
The United Arab Emirates has recently implemented a groundbreaking visit visa extension policy, signalling a significant development in the country’s tourism and immigration landscape.
This policy, introduced by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), allows tourists to extend their stay within the UAE by an additional 30 days.
New UAE visit visa extension policy
The UAE now permits tourists holding a 30 or 60-day visit visa to prolong their stay within the country by an extra 30 days.
According to the information provided on the ICA website, individuals with a 30 or 60-day visit visa can now extend their stay by an additional 30 days. Additionally, the maximum extension duration for visit visa holders has been extended to 120 days.
To extend their visa, it is crucial to contact their sponsor or travel agent who issued the visa for detailed instructions on the extension procedure, necessary documents, applicable fees, and any other pertinent information. It is advisable to initiate this process well in advance of your current visa’s expiration to ensure ample time for the extension to be processed smoothly and efficiently.
The total amount of the visa may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the sponsored person or for any other reasons that may require that. According to GDRFA, the cost of an extension for a month is AED 1,050 (including taxes) with the fee breakdown as explained below:
- Visa extension fee: AED 600
- Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country):
- Knowledge dirham: AED 10
- Innovation dirham: AED 10
- Fee inside the country: AED 500
Meanwhile, if extending through the ICP website, the costs would be around:
- Request fee: AED 100
- Issuance fee: AED 500, and other charges may applicable.
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