UAE: Visa Fine Waiver Extended to December 31, 2020

November 19, 2020 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • The government has extended a visa fine waiver from November until December 31, 2020
  • Affected individuals must leave the UAE or change their status before the deadline
  • The order applies to residency, tourist, and visit visa holders whose visas expired before March 1, 2020

Overview

A visa fine waiver, originally set to expire in November, will remain in place through the rest of the year. Individuals have through December 31, 2020 to leave the UAE without incurring penalties.

Background

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) implemented the visa fine waiver to account for travel impacts and restrictions due to COVID-19. The grace period, originally scheduled to expire on November 17, 2020, will remain in effect through 2020. Individuals will be exempt from all related fines associated with violating the entry and foreigners’ residence law if they depart the UAE before the new deadline.

Who is Affected?

The measure applies to individuals who have been staying illegally in the UAE with visas that expired prior to March 1, 2020. The order applies to residency, tourist, and visit visa holders.

Looking Ahead  

Individuals affected by the regulation should plan to leave the UAE before December 31, 2020. They may also change their status to avoid penalties.


Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional. 

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