Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries have implemented travel bans and restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
As people are not allowed to travel in and out of the country as they like, there are many questions that people have regarding the validity of their visa status, policy for renewal and cancellation of visa in the UAE.
Below are the latest updates on the tourist and residency visas in the UAE.
Am I eligible to stay in the UAE until December 2020 if my visa has expired after March 1?
No. According to the new visa rules in the UAE, all residency visas expiring after March 1 will not receive a validity extension until the end of December 2020. UAE residents within the country will receive a grace period until October 10, 2020, to renew their residency visa in the UAE. For those outside the country, they will receive a one-month grace period from the date they enter the UAE.
When will the ICA start charging fees for its services again?
As per the latest decisions and amendments announced by the UAE Cabinet, the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has been instructed to start collecting service fees and fines from 12 July 2020.
However, administrative fines will be imposed to those who cross the deadlines issued in the ICA’s latest update to UAE visa rules. Fines will not be collected during the exemption periods.
How many days can I stay after my visa has been cancelled?
You have a 30 day grace period to leave the country and staying beyond that will make you liable to fines.
However, you also have the option to change your visa status to a tourist/visit visa while you are in the country, to stay for an additional period of time. Make sure to change your visa status as soon as possible so you do not have to pay any overstay fines.
However, this only applies if your residency visa in the UAE was cancelled after March 1, 2020.
How can I go back to my home country from the UAE?
Some airlines are offering outbound repatriation flights in the UAE. You may contact your consulate or embassy to know more information about outbound flights.
How to check the status of residency visas in the UAE?
There are two ways to check residence visa status in the UAE. If you have a Dubai visa, you can visit the GDRFA portal and app while for other emirates, you can head on over to the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship website.
We hope that this article has helped to alleviate the concerns that you have regarding your visa status. If you have any more questions or would like more information, leave your details below and our professional team will help to assist you.