I Lost my Passport in UAE & I am on Visit Visa; What I Do?

Lost passport in UAE
Visit Visa to UAE from India
By Robeena Brown

October 13, 2022 | 13 min read

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When you lose your passport in UAE, you must report to the nearest police station where the incident occurred. The reporting will help you in case there is a misuse of your lost passport.

After reporting, you'll be issued a lost passport certificate, which you'll use to apply for a new passport at your country's Embassy in UAE.

Other requirements when applying for the passport are distinct per Embassy and process time. Before you are issued a new passport, you can extend your visa in UAE.

Report the Lost Passport

Lost passport in UAE

When you notice you have lost your passport in UAE, the first step you are required to take is to report to the nearest police station, where you realize you don't have your passport.

At the police station, you’ll be required to fill lost passport document. Within 1 working day, the police will issue you a lost passport report.

The Dubai police handling of lost passports is linked with the General Directorate of Residency, Foreigners Affairs, and Dubai Courts.

The documents requested to submit depend on the status of your residence visa, whether sponsored by a company or by an individual.

If the company sponsors your residence visa, you'll be required to submit a letter in Arabic on the loss of the passport to the police and relevant UAE government offices.

The letter end of the letter should be of your sponsoring company, and it should be submitted to the where you were issued with the residence visa.

Your company sponsor will be required to submit a photocopy of the company’s trade license and establishment card.

The other document you are required to submit, if they are available, is a copy of the lost passport and your two recent pictures (lost passport holder).

If an individual sponsored your residence visa, your sponsor would be required to submit a signed letter and a photocopy of the sponsor’s passport.

In the case of minors, the sponsor (father or mother) should be present when reporting the passport loss at a police station.

Clearance from Government

After the police issue you with the police report, you’ll need to get it stamped by the Dubai Courts, the Public Prosecution Department, and the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

After the three stamps are given, you can return the police report to the station (from where you received it), and you will be issued a lost passport certificate in Arabic.

Note you'll only be issued with the final police report and lost passport certificate after obtaining stamps from the Dubai Courts, Dubai Prosecution, and GDRFA.

Apply for a new Passport

After you have been issued the lost passport certificate, you can apply for a new passport at your Country's Embassy. The new passport processing time and requirements to apply for the new visa differ according to the country's Embassy.

Indian passport

For Indians, you can apply for a new passport by visiting the Indian Consulate Attestation Centre (IVS International) to receive an affidavit.

British Passport

For UK citizens, after you realize you have lost your passport, you are advised to call the British Embassy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi immediately.

You can obtain a new passport and cancel the old one online through the United Kingdom's Identity and Passport Service. This service is available in the country.

Document Required for Lost Passport

Lost passport in UAE

Below are the documents required to process a lost passport:

  • Photocopy of the lost passport (of first, last, address page if separate page, any other endorsement pages, and visa page with additional booklets, if any.
  • For minors (up to 18 years), the parent's original passport for verification and copies are required.
  • Copy of the First Information Report (FIR) from the Police authorities and its authentic legal English translation original is required.
  • Annexure F for Lost Passport – mentioning the Circumstances under which the passport was lost.
  • If an old passport number is mentioned in FIR, the Consulate is required prior approval.
  • BLS International offers "Other Services" for the Convenience of applicants at centers.

Processing Time

The processing time of a lost passport takes a minimum of 7 working days in Dubai. It will also take a minimum of 7 working days if the passport is issued by other PIAs (Passport Issuing Authorities) – Minimum of 7 Working The passport's processing time and validity are under your country Embassy's sole discretions Embassy.

Extension for All Types of Visa

There are different types of UAE visas; below is how long you can extend each one.

30 Days on arrival Nationals (Free)

Below are countries that qualify for the 30 days on arrival. If you qualify y for this visa, you can extend it for 30 days twice. There is also a grace period of 10 days; hence, you can say in UAE for 70 days using this visa.

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

Lost passport in UAE

90 Days on arrival Nationals (Free)

Below are nationals who qualify for this 90 days multiple entry visa. The visa is valid for 6 months, and there is no extension option.

  • 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

14 Days visa on arrival Nationals (Paid)

If you have Indian and you hold a valid green card/ visit visa to the USA or a UK/EU residence visa, you qualify for the 14 Days visa on arrival. You can extend their visa for another 14 days and stay in UAE for 28 days.

180 Days visa on arrival (Free)

You can get the 180 days on-arrival visa if you are a Mexican passport holder.

Prepaid Nationals (Paid)

If you are from a country that does not qualify for the on-arrival visa, like Bosnia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, and more, you are required to get a prepaid visa before boarding a flight to UAE. You can apply for 30 days visit visa and extend it twice, each time 30 days.