UAE Announces Overstay Fines and Outpass Requirement for Visitors to Leave Country

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Travellers to the UAE should be aware of the consequences of overstaying their visit visas in the country. If you have overstayed your visa, you will be required to pay fines for the additional days past the expiration date of your visa and obtain an out pass or leave permit from the airport or immigration office at land borders in order to leave the country.

According to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, individuals who have overstayed their visit in the country must obtain an Outpass or leave permit at the airport or immigration offices at land borders.

According to travel industry experts, a new process has begun that requires visitors who have overstayed their visas in the country to pay a fee of Dh200 to Dh300 and obtain a permit in order to leave the UAE.

According to the Khaleej Times, “an outpass or leave permit is now required for those visitors who have remained in the country past their visa expiration or after the grace period granted by the emirates.”

UAE: Obtaining Outpass or Leave Permit

Some visitors were taken aback by the recent policy of obtaining an outpass or leave permit for overstaying in the UAE. According to travel industry experts, the country gives visitors a 10-day grace period after their visas expire.

Some visitors were unaware of this extra step and were hit with unexpected fines and permit fees. Because they were overstaying in the country, the authorities rejected some of their applications for work permits or permanent residency status.

UAE Suspended Inside-Country Visa Extensions

It is important to note that the UAE recently suspended in-country visa extensions. As a result, visitors who want to change the status of their visa while in the UAE have no choice but to leave the country to renew their visa.

However, in response to these changes, travel agents in the UAE have devised a new strategy and have already begun offering same-day visa status change with airport-to-airport packages, allowing visitors who need to change their visa status to do so on the same day.

Many people on tourist visas in the UAE are now taking advantage of this, according to travel agents.

Bottomline

The UAE recently announces a lot of changes related to Visit Visas and work permits it’s important for travellers to be aware of the terms of their visa and to ensure that they leave the country before their visa expires, or acquire the permit in case of overstaying.


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