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Updated May 2024

The extraordinary modern architecture, fascinating sprawls of deserts, and endless list of tourist attractions in the UAE are enough to make any visitor want to stay in the country for just a little longer. It’s not surprising that several travellers to the UAE end up considering an extension of their tourist visas.

Are you thinking of extending your UAE visit visa too? Here’s everything you need to know about the latest visa extension rules.

UAE visit visa extension latest rules

The UAE has recently been updating its tourist visa extension rules, taking them to the pre-COVID norms. Here are the latest changes introduced by the Emirati government in the visit visa system.

One-time extension facility

The United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) has recently introduced a one-time 30-day visa extension facility for travellers visiting Dubai and the rest of the country on visit visas. They will be able to extend the visit visas of family members and friends on a single trip or multiple trips for a period of 30, 60 and 90 days, as well as the pre-entry validity of visas.

Extension allowed from within the country

As per the latest announcement, UAE travellers holding a visit visa can now extend their visas from within the country. However, the applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issuance of their visa, and the validity of the entry permit will be 30 days or 60 days, depending on the type of visa.

Please note that the visitors must make sure to leave the UAE on the last date of their visa’s validity or extend their visa before its expiry, as a fine will be levied in case they fail to do so.

Compulsory extension or cancellation of visa

All international travellers to the UAE are now required to either extend or cancel their unused visit visa

If, for some reason, travellers are not able to enter the UAE within the validity period of their visit visa, they can apply for an extension of the validity period of 60 days. This should be done through the immigration portal itself.

Unless the previous unused tourist visa is neither extended nor cancelled, the applicant will not be able to obtain a new visit visa to the UAE.

10-day grace period scrapped

Dubai has now scrapped the previous 10-day grace period, which was granted to visitors whose tourist visas to the UAE had expired.  Applicants who overstay their visas will be subject to a daily fine of AED 50.

Nonetheless, as confirmed by a Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) agent, applicants can still apply for a 30-day extension visa to legally remain in the country.

UAE visit visa extension cost

Extension of visit visa

Visitors and tourists who have arrived in the UAE and wish to extend their visa can easily do so for an additional 30 days by paying a fee of AED 750. This extension can be repeated, allowing the visitor to stay for a maximum of 120 days in the UAE.

Extension of unused visit visa

Under the new guidelines issued by the UAEICP, the price of visa extension depends on the number of days you’re extending it for. Here are the total costs of each type of visa extension. Note that this contains Issuance fee, Request Fee and e-Services Fee.

  • 30 days: AED 610
  • 60 days: AED 260
  • 90 days: AED 510

However, there are additional charges that should be noted; AED 100 for the smart services, AED 50 for the application form and AED 50 for the Authority and the electronic services offered to customers.

How to extend UAE visit visa online?

Application through GDFRA website

Applicants can apply for a tourist visa extension using the GDRFA website by following the steps given below:

  • register on the GDFRA website with your email address
  • log in with your username
  • select “New Application”
  • choose “For Myself”
  • complete the application data as required
  • attach your passport
  • pay the service fee

Furthermore, applicants can apply for a visit visa extension using the GDRFA Dubai Smart Application by following these steps:

  • download the GDRFA-Dubai application (iOSAndroid)
  • applicants who do not have a registered account must register a new user account
  • navigate to the dashboard and access dependent visa details
  • tap the ‘Renew Residence’ icon
  • complete the required details
  • choose a delivery method
  • attach your passport
  • pay the fee
  • await SMS/email confirmation

Application through ICP website

Applicants can also apply through the ICP website by following these steps:

  • register on the ICP website using your email address
  • log in with your username
  • select “Public Visa Services”
  • click on “Extension of Current Visa”
  • complete the application data
  • attach your passport
  • pay the fee
  • await SMS/email confirmation

Aditionally, the new UAEICP Smart App has made the process of applying for visit visa extension. Once you are on the app, you need to register and select Extension of Current Visa. From there, you just have to fill the form and pay the fees to submit your application for visa extension.

Application through Amer website

Another option is to apply for a visa extension through the Amer website:

  • go to amer247.com
  • click “UAE tourist visa” in the top-right corner
  • you’ll be redirected to a new tab with 14 types of tourist visas varying by days, validity, and prices
  • select the most relevant visa and click “Apply Now”
  • pay the fee and complete the process

Application through Amer Service Centre

Meanwhile, if you prefer a face to face process, you can do so by applying through an Amer Service Centre.

  • visit the nearest Customer Happiness Centre
  • obtain an automated turn ticket and wait
  • submit the completed application
  • provide your passport and visa copy to the customer service employee
  • pay the service fee

The requirement for a visit visa extension is a passport with a validity of more than 6 months. If the extension request satisfies all the conditions, the extended entry permit is issued electronically within 48 hours.

Check out budget-friendly ways to extend your Dubai & UAE visit visa after the exhaustion of permissible stay duration.

 

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