UAE official clarifies rules on expired tourists visas

Visitor or tourist visa holdera in the country have one month to leave as of July 12 to avoid fines, according to Brig Al Kaabi.

The authority has resumed its services and is receiving renewal applications for expired residency visas and ID cards.

The authority called on customers to initiate the renewal of expired ID cards and residency permits of UAE citizens, as well as citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and expatriate residents who are in the country.

From July 12, the authority has begun receiving renewal applications for residency visas and ID cards that expired between March and April, 2020.

For those that expired in May, renewal applications will start being accepted from August 8.

Renewal applications for documents that expired between June 1 and July 11 will be accepted from September 10. For those expiring from July 12 onwards, their renewal applications will not be restricted to a specific date.

The authority has requested everyone to take advantage of the smart services it provides (on its website,, and adhere to the renewal schedule to avoid incurring administrative fines.

Earlier, it had been announced that holders of UAE residency or entry permits (visit/tourist visas) that expired after March 1 would be extended until December 31. However, on Friday, that provision was cancelled and residency visa renewals started on July 12.


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