If you are currently visiting the UAE on a tourist visa, it is important to note that you can only extend your stay once, for a period of 30 days.
Recently, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) announced that the decision to limit the extension of a one-time visit visa to 30 days was made a few weeks ago. This decision is being implemented in accordance with a directive issued by the UAE Cabinet.
Therefore, whether you are planning to visit the UAE on a visit visa or are already in the country, it is crucial to understand the visa application and extension process. Here are the details you need to be aware of.
The extension can only be done by the sponsor of the original entry permit
If a tourist agency has applied for your visa, you will need to approach them for your visa extension. Only the agency that applied for your visa has the authority to extend it.
If you wish to stay in the UAE for a longer duration, you will have to leave the country and apply for a new tourist visa, which will allow you to re-enter. Many travel agencies offer an ‘A2A’ service, which stands for airport-to-airport service. This service enables visitors to exit the UAE and return once a new visa is issued. However, it is crucial to note that the approval of the visa application by the authorities is a prerequisite for this service.
It is highly recommended for visitors to stay updated on any changes in regulations and seek professional advice. To obtain information about your specific visa application, you can contact either the ICP customer happiness centre at 600 522222 or the Amer contact centre at 800 5111.
Ensuring compliance with the duration of your visa is of utmost importance while staying in the UAE. Failure to do so may result in legal complications arising from visa overstay.
Visit visa options
According to the official statement released by ICP, individuals have the option to apply for a visa lasting 30, 60, or 90 days through the ICP website (icp.gov.ae) or the user-friendly smartphone application called ‘UAE ICP’. This service falls under the ‘Visit Visa For Friend or Relative’ category, making it accessible for UAE residents who wish to apply for a visa of the same duration.
To apply for a visit visa sponsorship for your family member or friend, please ensure that you have the following documents ready:
- A recent passport-size coloured photograph of the relative or friend.
2. Proof of kinship, such as a birth or marriage certificate. This is necessary if you are sponsoring your family member’s visit visa.
3. A copy of the relative’s or friend’s valid passport.
4. A copy of your Emirates ID.
5. Proof of residence for the sponsored individual. You can provide either your rental contract or details of the hotel reservation for your relative or friend.
6. Copy of the return ticket.
These documents are essential for a smooth and successful visa application process.
How does one extend the visa?
If your visa was issued by a tourist agency, you will need to approach them once again to request an extension. However, if you are here on a visit visa sponsored by a relative or friend, you can visit a typing centre registered with the ICP (Immigration and Citizenship Program). These typing centres are conveniently located throughout the UAE, and you can find their locations on the ICP website: https://icp.gov.ae/en/typing-offices/
In Dubai, in addition to typing centres, you also have the option to visit an Amer centre. These centres handle immigration applications on behalf of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFAD). You can find a comprehensive list of all Amer centres in Dubai on their website: https://gdrfad.gov.ae/en/customer-happiness-centers#
It is important to note that when applying for an extension, it will only be granted once and for a duration of one month, as stated by the ICP.
Now, let’s address the cost of the visa extension. According to the ICP, extending your visa for a period of 30 days will incur a fee of Dh750.