Can We Extend Tourist Visa In Dubai

Dubai is one of few countries in the world that give an opportunity to extend the tourist visa. Dubai Tourism visas are issued for a limited period, usually 30 days. At the expiration of this period, visitors must either depart the country or obtain another visa.

Can We Extend Tourist Visa In Dubai

In case if you are not eligible for visa renewal or if your visa is about to expire, you have multiple options to return back to your homeland. These options are discussed in detail below.

Visa is one of the many things that we consider an inevitable requirement in our lives. But we have never thought about the importance of a visa to our daily lives and the possible consequences we have to face if it expires.

Sometimes people need a visa to enter a lot of countries. If you can’t get the visa from the local government, you can get it from Dubai. The UAE has established many centers in order to help people who want to extend their visa.

What is the validity of a tourist visa?

Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30 days or 90 days duration, single entry or multiple entry. Recently, the UAE facilitated a five-year visa which enables tourists to enter multiple times on self-sponsorship and remain in the country for 90 days on each visit, which can be extended for another 90 days.

Who can apply for your tourist visa?

Tourist visas through airlines

Each airline has some conditions, which must be met in order for your visa to be arranged by them. One of the conditions is flying with them. For more updated and specific information, check the following UAE-based airlines for visa types, facilities, terms and conditions:

Tourist visas through agencies and hotels

Licensed travel agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you provided you purchase the ticket through them and maintain hotel reservation with the specific hotel.

You can also contact travel agencies in your country for any tourist packages available to the UAE in collaboration with a local tour operator.

It is important to check the authenticity of travel agents you are dealing with and refrain from paying or sending copies of your official documents until after you are 100 per cent sure the tour operator is genuine. You can seek the help of the UAE embassy in your country for verification.

Note: The UAE embassies do not issue tourist visas. In order to get a tourist visa to the UAE, you need to get in touch with one of the UAE-based airlines, a tour agency or a hotel (where you intend to stay) in the UAE who will apply for visa on your behalf to the official visa-issuing authorities in the UAE.

Also learn about the provisions of a transit visa to the UAE.

Renewing or extending tourist visa

All types of visit and tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice, upon applying for it and after successful approval by the relevant authority. This can be done without the need to leave the country.

Visitors and tourists can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against AED 600 each time of renewal.

Visa overstayers who do not renew, as above, will have to pay AED 100 fine for each day of their overstay, to be calculated from 10 days after the visa expiry.

However, the new rule for extension does not apply on the following categories:

  • visitors and tourists who are residents in GCC countries
  • residents accompanying GCC nationals
  • those on special entry permits
  • those on 96-hour permit for special missions.

Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM

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