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Effective immediately, the UAE has announced that visitors who have overstayed their entry permits and tourist visas will be required to first pay applicable fines and obtain an out pass or leave permit. Only then will they be allowed to fly out of the country.

It has been confirmed by a customer service representative at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai, as well as by various Emirati travel agencies, that foreign nationals who have stayed in the UAE past their visa expiry cannot exit the country without first getting an out pass or leave permit

The Dubai/UAE out pass can be obtained at the airport and immigration offices at the land borders. Additionally, the out pass or leave permit may also be obtained at the Al Awir Immigration office. It’s been reported that the Dubai/UAE out pass or leave permit is obtainable for AED 200 – 300.

Overstayers will also have to pay in full the overstay fines, levied at AED 50 per day of overstay. UAE visit visa holders will get a grace period of 10 days from the visa expiry date, after which the overstay fines shall start accruing.

Note that the overstaying fine won’t be imposed on visitors who are unable to leave the country due to airport closures and flight cancellations.