According to the announcement issued in May 2020, those holders of residency and visit visas, which have been expired before March 2020, have an opportunity to leave the country without paying any fines until August 18, 2020. Moreover, visas expired after March 1, 2020, will be extended until the end of the year – December 31, 2020.
The latest directive was issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) gave instructions for appropriate authorities.
By the report of the semi-government body, Amer Centres in Dubai, “holders of canceled visas and overstay fines for newborn babies inside UAE were not included” in the visa extension and fine waiver until further notice. Al Amer will update information on its official media channels.
If an individual already in the country, a tourist visa can also be purchased. It will cost AED 2000 for 30 days and AED 2400 for 90 days. Whether you need to be advised on the required documents or clarification on processing documents, you can chat with an Amer representative on the website.
Also, Amer recommended individuals to either leave UAE or change their visa status if possible. Provided failing to change the visa status will face overstaying fines at rate AED 221 for the first day and AED 25 for each consequent day. It is noted that global travel remains restricted, although, some airlines provide a limited number of repatriating flights to help people return home.
For any further advice, residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi can call 600 522222. Dubai residents and visitors can call 800 5111 from within the UAE or +971 (04) 313 9999 from overseas. To get details on the process of applying for an exemption from late fines, individuals should visit ica.gov.ae.
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