UAE authorities have announced the new decision upon expired visas and Emirates IDs. Previously, authorities issued a directive stating that all visas and Emirates IDs expired after March 1 would be automatically extended until December 31.
However, the Federal Authority of Citizenship and Identity (ICA) has canceled that March-issued decision, and all expired visas and Emirates IDs now must be renewed over the several weeks.
As of July 11, the free extension process has been canceled. From July 12, ICA will be collecting the standard fees for visa and Emirates ID renewal.
The ICA gives a one-month grace period to renew a visa or Emirates ID once you re-enter the UAE for Emiratis, GCC citizens, or UAE residents who’ve been stuck outside the country (for less than six months).
It was also announced that Emiratis, GCC citizens, or UAE residents who’ve been in the country since the outbreak began will be granted a three-month grace period to renew the documents.
Those residents who were outside the country for longer than six months will be given a grace period based on when air travel resumed between the two countries. The ICA will determine this time period.
After grace periods and deadlines pass, standard fees and fines will apply. If you’re in the country, a fine of AED 25 applies for residency visa violations. When leaving the country, the fine is AED 250 plus AED 25 per day. If you fail to renew your Emirates ID the fine amounts to AED 20 per day. Fines won’t apply to the previous exemption period.
The ICA highlighted that services firstly should be provided through electronic systems to limit the crowds and to facilitate the process. Service departments should consider the renewed electronic identity card in the smart application of the ICA until the issuance of the identity card.
Below you can find the ICA table to discover when you’re application is due.
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