Airport to airport visa change - Step by Step process

Update - 24th December, 2022
Airport To Airport visa change

As of December 14, 2022 the immigrations of six of UAE's seven Emirates (except Dubai) have discontinued issuing any in-country tourist visa extensions & Airport to airport visa change is one of the most easiest way to change your visa status and get a new visa to continue your stay in UAE

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Airport To Airport Visa Change Process

Step 1

Send your documents via WhatsApp

Previous visa copy, clear colour scan of passport and photo of the applicants with a white background . Also send us residence visa page of the reference person.

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Step 2

Make payment

Send us the receipt

Step 3

Book a visa change ticket

We will book a visa change ticket at the available time slots. A visa change ticket is a special ticket with a visa change stamp.

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Step 4

Get exit stamp & boarding pass via WhatsApp

Reach the airport by 8am and send us a photo of your exit stamp and boarding pass before 9am. Regardless of your flight timing, the airport allows you to get your exit stamp and boarding pass early.

Step 5

Fly and come back

Fly from UAE and come back to UAE.

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Step 6

Get New UAE Visa via WhatsApp

Get the new visas from us through WhatsApp.

Step 7

Enter UAE

Enter UAE with new visa.

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Prices

30+10 days new on arrival Airport Exit

Airport to Airport visa change return flight ticket (from Dubai or Sharjah)

1100-1200 AED

Only for 30 days on arrival nationals

30+10 days new tourist visa

Airport to Airport visa change return flight ticket (from Dubai or Sharjah)

1649 AED

All nationals

60 days new tourist visa

Airport to Airport visa change return flight ticket (from Dubai or Sharjah)

1889 AED

All nationals

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What is airport to airport visa change

Airport to Airport visa change in UAE is a prominent visa renewal method used by the UAE visitors whose visa nearly expire and cancelled UAE resident visa holders whose grace period about to finish. For such expatriates A to A visa change helps to remain legally in UAE exchanging visa from old visa to a new tourist visa and avoid overstay fines. This service is frequently offered by the local tour operators partnered with local airlines such as Air Arabia, Fly Dubai & Jazeera Airways facilitate by UAE airports (Only Sharjah and Dubai airports). Usually, this visa renewal procedure allows flying to closest middle-eastern countries airports like Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Kuwait, Bahrain and return UAE and re-entry upon approval of new UAE tourist visa.

The advantages of A2A visa change package allows applicants to quickly get a new tourist visa exiting to nearest gulf city rather than flying all the way back to applicants home country which could be expensive and long journey. Saves your money as well as time. On the other hand, Airport to Airport visa renewal is much cheaper comparing to inside country visa change or extension without exit, but bit expensive than Oman visa run by bus/ own vehicle.

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Documents required

Prepaid visa holders


  • Recent, color Photograph of the applicant
  • Color passport copy which has at least 6 months validity (passport is not expiring before another 6 months )
  • Current UAE visit /tourist visa copy
  • Reference person’s UAE residence visa page (Could be a family member/ friend/ professional contact )
  • Additional documents might require, depending on your nationality Ex : National ID Card of Pakistan national and passport signature page,
  • Birth certificate if a child applicant doing this visa change

On arrival nationals

  • Recent, color Photograph of the applicant
  • Color passport copy which has at least 6 months validity (passport should not expire before another 6 months )
  • Reference person’s UAE residence visa page (Could be a family member/ friend/ professional contact )
  • Birth certificate if a child applicant doing this visa change
  • Visa Extension page If you have done any online visa extension services previously (Amer services visa extension page)

Cancelled Residence visa

  • Recently captured , color Photograph of the applicant
  • Color passport copy which has at least 6 months validity (passport should not expire before another 6 months )
  • Resident visa Cancelation page
  • UAE residence visa page
  • Reference person’s UAE residence visa page (Could be a family member/ friend/ professional contact )
  • Additional documents might require, depending on your nationality Ex : National ID Card of Pakistan national and passport signature page,
  • Birth certificate if a child applicant doing this visa change
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Nationality check

Most of the time airport to airport visa change is requested by the pre-paid visa holders and cancelled resident visa holders who are in UAE. However, even the on-arrival visa holders also can take the advantage of the visa change option and avoid driving to Oman boarder.

Following are the list of nationals who can benefit from airport to airport visa renewal facility

Prepaid visa holders

Almost all the Asian countries passport holders such as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam can obtain this service, also Arabic nationals like Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco & Algeria can obtain this service. African countries passport holders such as like Bostanawa, Cameroon, Ethiopia , Fiji, Mauritius , Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

It is better if prepaid visit visa holders of other nationalities don't opt for the Airport to Airport visa change because security checks and black list checks can delay the process. Airports are given a deadline of 24 to 48 hours for the applicants to use the airport

On Arrival nationals

A 30-day on arrival nationals

Nationals originating from the below mentioned countries are issued a complementary 30 day visit visa that is stamped on entry. Individuals who prefer not to use any visa run services can opt for the airport to airport method. The process is simple. Fly out of UAE and re-enter to obtain an additional 30 day visit visa for free. You will have to spend around 800 to 900 AED for a round ticket out of and back in to UAE.


Andorra Australia Brunei
Canada China Hong Kong, China
Japan Kazakhstan Macau, China
Malaysia Mauritius Monaco
New Zealand Republic of Ireland San Marino
Singapore Ukraine United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
United States of America Vatican City

B 90-day on arrival nationals

If you are a passport holder of one of the below countries or territories, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-day visit visa that's valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total. Citizens of the below European countries are also entitled to apply for a pre-arranged visit visa if their 90-day visa on arrival has been fully utilized. To get pre-arranged visa you can use this airport to airport visa change instead of expensive option the in country visa.


Argentina Austria Bahamas Islands
Barbados Belgium Brazil
Bulgaria Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark El Salvador
Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Honduras
Hungary Iceland Italy
Kiribati Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Maldives
Malta Montenegro Nauru
Netherlands Norway Paraguay
Peru Poland Portugal
Romania Russian Federation Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino Serbia Seychelles
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands
South Korea Spain Sweden
Switzerland Uruguay
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Airport to airport visa change procedure?

Currently,airport to airport visa change can only be done in Dubai and Sharjah Airport. The procedure for the airport to airport visa change differs depending on the airport you choose to fly out of. Listed below are the entire details of the procedures in both airports.

Dubai Airport to airport visa change procedure

  1. 1. Submit all necessary documents(listed above) either by visiting the Arabiers' office or via WhatsApp. Also make the payment either directly or by any of the other approved methods.
  2. 2. Check the last date of your current visa and decide on the ideal day to do the airport to airport visa change. Arabiers' visa representatives suggest choosing a day on or between Sunday and Wednesday as approval and procedures are fast.
  3. 3. Make sure to be present at the airport 4 hours before your scheduled flight. Even if you have booked an afternoon flight, you are advised to arrive at the airport by 9.00 am.
  4. 4. As per your ticket booking, report to the relevant airline counter at Dubai airport.
  5. 5. Obtain the boarding pass from the airline counter.
  6. 6. Head over to the immigration counter to get the exit stamp. Try to get a manual stamp on the passport rather than the e-gate.
  7. 7. Send a clear photo of your boarding pass and exit stamp to the Arabiers' visa consultant handling you.
  8. 8. Wait at the relevant boarding gate until it's time to board.
  9. 9. Leave Dubai and arrive at the nearest airport.
  10. 10. Certain visa change flights (Fly Dubai) flying out of Dubai allow you to remain in the flight until it is time to fly back to Dubai. Whereas some flights (Jazeera Airways) request you to exit the flight and wait at the airport until it is time to return to Dubai.
  11. 11. You will receive your new e- visa either before or during arrival. Proceed to the immigration counter to receive the entry stamp and do the eye-scan.
  12. 12. The airport to airport visa change process is complete and you can exit Dubai airport.

Sharjah Airport to airport visa change procedure

  1. 1. Gather all the necessary documents listed above and submit it by directly visiting the Arabiers' office or by sending a properly scanned soft copy via whatsapp. Also make the payment for the airport to airport visa change package.
  2. 2. Decide on a suitable day to perform the visa change after checking the last day of your current visa. It is ideal to choose a day between Sunday or Wednesday for quick processing of the new visa.
  3. 3. Arrive at the Sharjah Airport 4 hours before your scheduled flight. Even if you have scheduled the afternoon flight you are advised to be at the airport by 9.00 am.
  4. 4. Proceed to the Hala counter which is situated on the first floor of the airport. Show your passport and e-ticket to receive the "OK to accept pax" stamp on your ticket.
  5. 5. Go to the Air Arabia counter in the Sharjah airport.
  6. 6. Head to immigration counter for exit procedures. Try your best to obtain the manual exit stamp rather than the e-gate.
  7. 7. Send a clear photo of your boarding pass and exit stamp to the Arabiers' visa consultant handling you.
  8. 8. Wait at the suitable boarding gate until it's boarding time.
  9. 9. Leave Sharjah Airport and land at the nearest airport.
  10. 10. Air Arabia flights allow you to be seated in the flight until it is time for the flight to return to Sharjah.
  11. 11. You will receive your new e-visa before or during arrival at Sharjah and proceed to the immigration counter for entry processes and eye-scan.
  12. 12. The airport to airport visa change process is now complete, you can exit Sharjah airport with some additional time to enjoy UAE.
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2023 updates & rules

  • January 23, 2023
    The UAE Integrated Government Services (ICP) has recently announced that it will be charging an additional fee of AED 100 for all of the services it offers to the public. This fee hike will apply to a wide range of services by ICP such as obtaining an Emirates ID, securing or renewing a resident visa, as well as the procurement of a visit visa.
    Source: ICP UAE
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inside country visa change

The UAE's immigration authority has suspended the in-country visit visa extensions service for travelers from December 24, 2022, due to the newly amended visa system in the country. From December 14 to December 24, the UAE government issued temporary visa extensions in Dubai that has also been discontinued. People who have a visit visa for the UAE can now choose to extend it by leaving the country and using the airport-to-airport procedure or the Oman visa run.

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Visa change through bus

A suitable option for budget travelers who wish to get an extension or anyone who wants to do a status change to their employment visa or tourist visa. It is highly booked by Filipino nationals and Indians in UAE. The package needs to be booked a minimum of 3 working days before the last day of your visa. After your Oman visa has been issued, a seat in a bus heading to Oman will also be booked. The new UAE tourist visa will be processed on the same day or the next day after which you can return to UAE. The Oman visa run is done by going to Khasab or Hatta. If visa processing is delayed you will be able to stay in the accomodation for 1 day without any additional payment. A 10 day Oman visa, bus ticket to Oman, 1 day free stay at Oman and a 30/90 day UAE tourist visa is included in the Oman visa run package. Border fees needs to be paid by the individual during exit.

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Frequently Asked

It is best if Nigerians don't do this method because it takes 3 to 4 working days for immigration to process the visa applications for Nigerians.

If you are holding a tourist visa,visit visa or on arrival visa then you can opt for a visa change without exit. If you are a resident then you can perform a status change.

Most nationalities don't require a security deposit to be paid at the airport. Certain nationalities might have to make a refundable deposit between 1000 to 1500 AED.

All overstay fines need to be settled at the airport's immigration counter..

The approval of visas are the decisions of the immigration authorities. In case of visa getting rejected we are not responsible for providing a refund for the charges. If it happens during a visa change by flight, the applicant can be at the airport for a maximum of 48 hours within which they have to book a flight ticket back to their home country.

To apply for a tourist visa you passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months from travel date.

Yes, you can travel to any Emirate with a valid UAE visa.

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