Reviewed October 2023
The UAE imposes fines on individuals who overstay their visas in the country. If you are currently in the UAE or planning to visit, it is important to be aware of the potential fines and how to check if you owe any overstay fines. This article will provide information on how to check for overstay fines in the UAE and the steps you can take to pay them.
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UAE overstay fine – latest news and updates
The UAE authorities have recently announced that tourists visiting Dubai on a visit visa will no longer be granted a grace period following the expiration of their visas. Consequently, it is now mandatory for them to depart the country before the specified end date mentioned on their visas, corresponding to their permitted duration of stay.
If individuals fail to adhere to this regulation, they will be subject to an overstay fine, which must be settled before they can obtain an exit permit and leave the country.
UAE overstay fine
After your UAE visa has expired and your given grace period is over, you will be required to pay your overstay fine as per the number of days accrued. The cost of the overstay fine is AED 50 per day.
This also applies to visa cancelations; the UAE government will provide you with a grace period of six months until you leave the country or apply for another visa.
Furthermore, visa overstayers will also need to obtain a Dubai/UAE out pass on top of the overstay fine. The out pass is essentially an exit permit allowing holders to leave the UAE, which costs up to AED 300.
UAE overstay fine check
To check your UAE overstay fine, please follow the steps below:
- visit the GDRFA website
- select the file type from the dropdown menu
- resident (for residence visa holders)
- permit (for visit or tourist visa holders)
- provide the requested details
- solve the simple math equation for captcha verification
- click the ‘Submit’ button
You should be able to view the details of your overstay fine.
- visit the ICP website
- choose ‘Public Services’
- click on the start service for ‘FINES – PAY FINES – VIOLATIONS OF ENTRY PERMISSIONS OR RESIDENCES – PAY NEW FINE’
- fill in all the required details
- click on ‘Search’ after you check the captcha box
Details on your due overstay fine should be displayed.
UAE overstay fine payment
The ICA has provided a way to pay your overstay fine online. You just have to follow these steps:
- visit the ICA website
- click the virtual assistant on the bottom right side of your screen
- select ‘Apply for Services’ after you are provided with the list of services
- choose ‘Pay Fine’ or simply type the service number
- enter your unified number
- enter the date of birth with the following format: MM/DD/YYYY
- the details of your violation and the fines will be displayed along with the link to pay the fine (if any). Click on the link to pay
- after being redirected to the service submission screen, review the information and click next
- click on ‘pay’ to complete the process
If the payment is successful, you will receive a notification from the ICA along with your transaction number.
UAE overstay fine waiver
Visa holders who do not extend their visa or leave the country within the given grace period and stay longer than permitted may be fined by the UAE Government. However, individuals who unintentionally exceed their stay due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances can take certain steps to request the UAE Government to review their situation.
Below, we have provided the outlined prerequisites for applying for a fine waiver. It is important to note that the final decision to approve or decline your appeal rests solely with the GDRFA authority.
Documents to bring to apply for UAE visa fine waiver
- Sponsor’s original Emirates ID and passport visa copy
- Applicant’s passport and visa
- Visa copy (file number) which has fines
- Newly approved e-visa (in case to apply for change status)
- Cancellation paper (in case wants to exit UAE)
- Letter of Exemption or NOC/ Petition letter (Arabic) requesting fines to be reduced
- UID number from GDRFA for newborn to process the fine-reducing application
Judicial or Legal causes
- Petition letter from the applicant’s sponsor company
- If the passport is retained or confiscated, a letter from the court or police addressed to the relevant authorities is required.
- Petition letter from Company or Sponsor or Applicant
- Medical report in Arabic, issued by the Health Authority or Health Ministry listing both the date of entry and exit from the hospital.
Personal Sponsorship (Family)
- Petition letter from Sponsor
- Passport and visa copy of the Sponsor
- Sponsor Salary certificate/ Labor contract/ Memorandum
- Any documents that support the cause of overstaying must also be submitted
- Original Emirates ID of Sponsor / Partner / Company Public Relations Officer
- Petition letter from Company with Company stamp
- Passport and Visa copy of the Applicant
- Establishment card copy
- Trade license
Delay in Passport Issuing or Renewal
- Petition letter from the Company or Sponsor or Applicant
- Letter from the Embassy/Consulate stating the date of Visa renewal application or Passport issue application submission
- Establishment card and Trade licenses for Companies
- Labor contract for Personal Sponsorship
- Petition letter from the Sponsor or Applicant or Company with company stamp
- Visa and Passport copy of Applicant
- Passport Copy of the Sponsor (Family Sponsorship)
- Establishment card and Trade licenses for Companies
- Death Certificate