UAE Tourist / Visit Visa Extension Options

August 12, 2020 Updated

Visited UAE with an on-arrival visa? Your prepaid visa in the brink of expiry? Your resident visa got cancelled recently? Whatever your visa situation, check out our tourist visa extension options and get in touch with us for a seamless visa change service.

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Extension options for For Prepaid / Pre-Arranged Visa Holders

Those who not eligible to get on arrival needed to get prepaid UAE visit visa / UAE Tourist visa (If you apply through a tourism / Airline its tourist visa & If any of your family member apply through immigration in UAE its visit visa) & after prepaid visa holders arrive in UAE below are the options of UAE tourist visa extension / UAE visit visa extension options

  1. 1. Renewing your UAE visit / tourist visa - Twice
  2. 2. Same day visa change - Airport to Airport visa change
  3. 3. UAE visit visa extension without exit
  4. 4. Dubai Visa Run to Oman
Same DayVisa Change Exit UAE through Dubai / Sharjah Airport & getting new visa same daySuspended Due To Coronavirus
Inside CountryVisa Change Without Exit processing new visa & Status change

Renewing your visit / tourist visa - Twice

If you have obtained visa from an airline or tourism company, its an sponsored tourist visa and the can extend twice 2 times for 30 days. If your family member sponsored your visit visa they can do extension via immigration

Same Day Visa Change - Airport to Airport Visa Change - Suspended Due To Corona virus


Step 1

Send your Documents via WhatsApp

Previous Visa copy, clear color scan passport copy & White background photo of the applicants. Also send us residence visa page of the reference person

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Step 2

Make Payment

Send us the payment

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 8 AM and send us a photo of your exit stamp and boarding pass before 9 AM. 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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UAE Tourist / visit visa extension without exit - In Country Visa


In country visa change without exit in UAE famous among the visitors those who wanted to stay without exit. Due to the Corona Virus pandemic that is taking the world by storm, the UAE government has also allowed this procedure for on-arrival visa holders to extend their stay in UAE eliminating the need for any unwanted travel. This procedure is a basic one where the visa holder applies for a new visa through a tourism company with the request of having a same UID number. After the visa has been processed and approved, the status change will be done from the old visa to the new UAE tourist visa. On arrival nationals can also reap the benefits of this service. This facility is made even more seamless by generating a file when the on arrival visa holder enters the country. This file will be used if the holder wishes to extend their stay.

Dubai Visa Run to Oman - Suspended Due To Corona virus

The most lower cost option & suitable for Philippines, India & Sri Lanka applicants. Mostly in Dubai tourism companies running this service to Oman boarder & exit.



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Extension Options For On Arrival Nations

A detailed guide about extension options for on arrival nationals. Use the prepaid services to make your stay more convenient in UAE.



Valid Countries

Canada, USA, UK, Andorra, Australia, China, Russian Federation, Brunei, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, , San Marino, Singapore, Ukraine, Vatican City


Want to stay more

Step 1

Visit Amer and e-Channel


Step 2

Click create application


Step 3

Choose “Entry Permit / Extend Entry Permit / On Arrival Visa Extension”


Step 4

Proceed to passport details


Step 5

Obtain 30 days extension granted (790 - 890 AED)

Getting on arrival

Step 1

Apply oman visa


Step 2

Oman visa approved


Step 3

Drive to boarder / Book visa run


Step 4

Re enter with new 30 days free entry


Get a prepaid visa

Step 1

Speak to tourism company who can process Express visa


Step 2

Apply Oman visa


Step 3

Oman visa approved


Step 4

Drive to boarder


Step 5

Wait for the new visa


Step 6

Get Prepaid visa & Enter UAE (30 or 90)


Step 1

Speak to tourism company & who have permission to issue in country visas


Step 2

Send required documents


Step 3

Pay the fee


Step 4

Processing New Application and UID


Step 5

Processing status change


Step 6

Receive e-visa copy and e-status change copy


Step 7

Confirming the last day of new visa expiry


Valid Countries

France, Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, , Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay


Want to stay more

90 Days on arrival visa valid for6 month and after consuming 90 days- Unable to get free on arrival

Step 1

Speak to tourism company who can process express visa


Step 2

Apply Oman visa
(https://evisa.rop.gov.om/home)


Step 3

Oman visa approved


Step 4

Drive to boarder / Book visa run


Step 5

Wait for the UAE entry visa from the tourism company


Step 6

Get prepaid visa based on your travel plan. 30 days & 90 days single entry visa or 30 days & 90 days multiple entry visas


Step 1

Get Airport to Airport visa change ticket with your tourism company


Step 2

Reach Dubai or Sharjah Airport at around - 8 AM


Step 3

Go through Immigration and get exit stamp (manual) - 9 AM


Step 4

Fly nearest middle east country(Oman or Bahrain) - 10 AM


Step 5

Come back to Dubai or Sharjah Airport - 1 PM


Step 6

Get prepaid visa based on your travel plan. 30 days & 90 days single entry visa or 30 days & 90 days multiple entry visas


Step 1

Get in touch with Tourism Firm


Step 2

Send necessary documents


Step 3

Pay the required fee


Step 4

Processing New e-Visa & status change


Step 5

Receive documents and verify the last day


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For cancelled Recidence visas

Anyone who gets their UAE Residence visa has a 30 days grace Period to make the next move. The grace period is free, those who want to fly out can take up this time to prepare themselves by settling all (Tenancy contracts, mobile bills, credit cards, loans & home connections) & leave. Those who are switching the job or wanted to stay a little longer to finish their issues can obtain a tourist visa without exit or can also find a lower cost option like oman visa run, airport to airport visa change or flying some there & come back.


Because of the prevailing lockdown related to COVID 19, border closing and unavailability of flights for visa change purposes, all individuals with cancelled residence permits are choosing the inside country visa change option. In this procedure, the visa status will be changed from a cancelled resident to a tourist without the individual exiting UAE. Overstaying after the 30 day grace period will result in fines worth 125 AED for the first day and 25 AED for each day from the second day onwards.



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Rates

Airport To Airport
Same day Visa Change

30 DAYS VISA

Suspended Due To Coronavirus
30 DAYS VISA -Same day Visa Change

1025 AED

Airport To Airport
Same day Visa Change

90 DAYS VISA

Suspended Due To Coronavirus
90 DAYS VISA - Same day Visa Change

1400 AED

Inside Country

30 DAYS VISA

30 DAYS VISA - Inside Country

Prepaid 1899 AED

On arrival 800-900 AED

* Contact current visa provider to get it at lower rate (900-1000 AED)

Inside Country

90 DAYS VISA

90 DAYS VISA- Inside Country

2200 - 2400 AED

Prepaid & On arrival

- All-inclusive Prices (VAT, Service Charge & Immigration Fee)
- Terms and conditions apply

UAE Inbound travel insurance available now

Insurance that cover during visa change in the country

Type of Insurance Rate
Insurance for 30 days 190 AED
Insurance for 90 days 250 AED

These travel insurances introduced to cover covid 19 & unexpected medical situations, read more here




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Extension update after Corona virus disease (COVID-19)- Live Updates

The corona virus outbreak has made lot of inconveniences including flight suspension, which made UAE visitors to struck in UAE cities. UAE government announced the fine exemption for those missed their flights to home country. Read below updates

  • August 10, 2020
    1. The ICA ( Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) had given a deadline uptill August 11, 2020 for those stuck in UAE because of grounded flights to exit the country. The ICA stated on August 10,2020 that this grace period will be extended for an additional 30 days, until September 11,2020. Any individual who has been stranded in the country from March should leave before this date or pay the overstay fines.
    ( Source : Khaleej Times )
  • July 17, 2020
    2. The Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship (FAIC) stated on Thursday that expired Visit visa holders are requested to exit UAE before August 11,2020 or apply for a one month grace period.
    ( Source : Gulf news )
  • July 13, 2020
    3. Tourists staying in UAE with visas expired after March 1, 2020 are given a one month grace period to exit the country or apply for a visa status change. This was announced by the Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship (FAIC) on Monday so as these individuals won't have to face the charges of overstaying fines
    ( Source : Khaleej time )
  • July 12, 2020
    4. Individuals holding a UAE tourist or visit visa are kindly requested to exit the country within one month starting from July 12 to prevent incurring any fines. This was stated by Brig Al Kabi.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • July 11, 2020
    5. From July 11, 2020 the grace period for visas and entry permits will depend solely on a rigorous schedule put forward by the ICA.
    ( Source : Khaleej Times )
  • July 10, 2020
    6. The statement that visa and entry permit validity granted from March 1,2020 until December 31 for individuals inside the country has been cancelled. This cancellation will be effective from July 11, 2020 onwards.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • May 25, 2020
    7. If the individual’s residence visa or entry permit (tourist visa or visit visa, on arrival visa) expired before March 1, 2020, they are given time until August 18, 2020 to leave the UAE without any fines. Holders of entry permits (tourist visa or visit visa or on arrival) residence visas that have expired after March 1, 2020 are granted a grace period until December 31, 2020 to leave UAE without incurring any fines. This rule is exempted for individuals holding cancelled UAE Recidence visas and new born babies.
    ( Source : Gulf News & ICA (Federal Authourity for identity and citizenship)
  • May 14, 2020
    8. As per orders of UAE president, his Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, anyone who holds a UAE visa that was expired before March 1st 2020, is exempted from paying any overstay fines. These individuals will be given a 3 month grace period starting from May 18th 2020 to exit the country. The fines exempted are for both entry visas and residency visas.
    ( Source : Khaleej Times)
  • April 14, 2020
    9. According to UAE Brigadier General Al Khabi: visitors those who are still in United Arab Emirates while their visit visas expired before March 2020 , will get their visa validity extended till 31st December 2020
    ( Source : Khaleej Time)
  • April 7, 2020
    10. General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai has clarified the visitors concern and it announced fine exemption time frame is declared from from March 1 until end of May 2020.
    ( Source : Khaleej Time)
  • April 1, 2020
    11. UAE government & directorate of Residency and foreigners affairs (GDRFA) decided to exempt fines for coming 3 months for all type of UAE Residency - Recidence Visa holders, visit visa holders & tourist visa holders
    ( Source : Gulf News)
  • April 2, 2020
    12. Emirstes got permission to operate flights with limited number of passengers, it’s aim to fly out & fly in to help the Recidents or visitors who wish to return their home countries
    ( Source : Gulf News)
  • March 24, 2020
    13. UAE visit visa holders waiting for a good news about the government visa extension announcement. On March 23, 2020 due to the suspension of all fights arrival and departure from UAE airports, it's expected to given a chance to extend the visas at a minimum fee to stay further in UAE without overstaying fines. The further update of this has to be announced within next couple of days.
    ( Source : Khaleej Times)
  • March 19, 2020
    14. UAE has made a decision to suspend entry for all new visa holders including the visas processed before 17th of March as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. The entry of individuals holding tourist visas or resident visas have been boycotted until further notice. Although the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) stated that the ban on visa processing won't affect the visas issued before the 17th of March, the organization had requested local and international airliners to not carry any passengers holding UAE visas.
    ( Source : Khaleej Times)
  • March 12, 2020
    15. Oman has halted the processing of all tourist visas as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Starting from the 15th of March 2020, this decision will be upheld for a month and updated according to the current information about the pandemic. Due to this decision, any prepaid visa holders wanting to get an extension for their UAE visa have to rule out the airport to airport visa change option and the UAE visa change by bus option because both of these procedures require the visa holder to fly or drive out of UAE into Oman territory. Additionally, the Sultanate of Oman has also decided to stop the entry of cruise liners into the country. Other precautionary measures include banning of shisha in restaurants, reduction of court sessions and postponing all non-class student programs.
    ( Source : Gulfnews)
  • March 10, 2020
    16. Numerous flights cancelled due to CORONA virus outbreak. Roughly 60 to 80 percent of travellers have cancelled or postponed their bookings as per various travel agents in the UAE. This is due to the many travel restrictions imposed by many countries and airliners as a precautionary measure against Corona virus. Most cancellations have been made to the middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. As UAE's ministry of health has been advising to postpone any form of unnecessary travel, many Indian expats are not bringing their families on visit visas for the school holidays. The ministry of education has also announced that any students traveling from foreign countries will have to face thorough screening procedures and face quarantine before being sent home.
    ( Source : The national)
  • March 13, 2020
    17. The Indian consulate has requested all Indian expats in UAE to postpone their trips to their home land until further notice. The Indian authorities have decided to quarantine all travelers upon arrival to limit the spread of the Corona virus. Thus, any leisure travel plans are requested to be postponed until a positive update.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • March 13, 2020
    18. Due to the travel restrictions, UAE prepaid visa holders who want to extend their UAE visas are resorted to do so by the only procedure that is currently available, the no exit visa extension procedure. On arrival visa holders are now given no exit visa change option as a special measure until all travel bans have been lifted. That means on arrival visa holders can stay in UAE and apply for a new UAE visa if they want to extend their stay and don't have to return to their home country.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • 19. Due to the current safety precautions that are imposed, customers wishing to do a no exit visa change can send us their documents and proof of payment via WhatsApp.
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UAE visa extension new rules - 2020

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Individuals whose visas were cancelled by their sponsors or employers in UAE can obtain a new tourist visa without exiting the UAE by choosing inside country visa change without exit (Source: Gulf News, June 06, 2020)

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The Royal Police of Oman announced on October 25th, 2019 that all nationalities visiting Oman should apply for a pre-entry visa to be able to enter the country. This rule is effective from November 1st, 2019 onwards and individuals opting for an Oman visa run to extend their visas need to plan in advance (Source: The national November 19, 2019)

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Nationalities eligible for on arrival UAE visas can extend their visit from an on arrival visa to prepaid visa without leaving the UAE.

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Travel insurance that covers COVID 19 is now available in UAE. Individuals extending their Visit or UAE tourist visas without exiting the country are encouraged to get it in case of unfavorable situations.




Official UAE online visa websites to check the validity

echannels.moi.gov.ae (Abu Dhabi)
GDRFA (Dubai)


How can Indian passport holders with USA Visa, EU Residency visa & UK Residency visa renew their on-arrival UAE visa?

Indian travelers who has valid USA visa or residency in EU/UK who hold can head to the Marhaba service counter to get their on-arrival entry permit for a cost of 100 AED on arrival. You will also be charged a 20 AED service charge after which they can proceed to the passport control counter & you are eligible to stay 14 days. This period can be extended once for a period of 28 days by paying a renewal fee of 250 AED and 20 AED service charge. If the Indian traveler overstays this time duration, they will be charged a fine of 100 AED for every extra day stayed in UAE and 200 AED for the departure permit. After the first extension you wont be able to extend your stay again and you need to exit the country or do a prepaid (pre-arranged) in side country visa with tourism company

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Frequently Asked Questions

The visa exemption is applicable for all entry permit holders whose visas have expired during the suspension period.

The duration is from March 1 all the way till May end 2020.

if you brother's grace period finished within the flight suspension period he will be exempted from paying any fines.

You can extend via Amer services or the immigration. If your visit visa has listed a airliner or travel agency as a sponsor then contact the respective party.

yes, get in touch with the Arabiers team and we will apply for a new visa with status change.

So far there are no such announcements made. Just like you, we are also waiting for updates and details from the government. Every now and then check our 5 years tourist visa page for recent updates on the topic.

A visa change air ticket is a special ticket that includes a visa stamp which allows the ticket holder to fly to any nearby Middle Eastern country without an entry visa to that specific country. This ticket is allowed due to a special agreement between us and the airline.

This depends on your nationality, Contact us to know more about it.

Yes, that is possible too if you don’t prefer any of the methods mentioned above. We will issue your new visa within 24 hours after you have exited UAE. Apart from being costly the other disadvantage of this option is that you need to book a return ticket to your country as well

You can make the payment at the immigration counter in the airport while you exit on your current visa

If you are overstaying with a UAE residence visa, you will be charged 25AED after the waiver period of 30 days. In addition to that you will also have to settle certain other fines. If you are overstaying with visit visa, you will be charged 350 AED for the first day and 100 AED per day from the second day onwards.

If such situation arises while you are in Dubai or Sharjah Airport immediately book a flight to your home country and exit the airport. We will send you a new visa and you can return.

UAE visa processing charge, VAT, Service charge and a return flight ticket.

If you are coming for a short holidays you do not need to apply a visa upfront, on arrival you get a visa on arrival or visa free entry valid for 30 days with 10 days grace period. You are also given the chance to extend the visas as mentioned above. But If you are planning to stay more then 30 days better to get a 90 days prepaid (180 days visa) through tourism company which is about 750-800 AED (204 USD - 217 USD) which will be good idea instead of paying 800-900 AED (217 USD -245 USD) for extensions

So far Indian nationals holding US Green card (Valid green card) given an on arrival visa with the fee (100 AED & 20 AED Service fee) & if you are planning to stay more then 14 or 30 days better to get a prepaid visa

Due to miscalculating or misunderstanding if you over stay on your current visa, immigration allow you to extend by paying the fines. If you extend your visas, the first day fine remain same 100 AED (If you exit you gotta pay 200 AED) & next each days cost you 100 AED. After paying the fines you will be able to extend your stays

The visitors obtained visas through Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai & Air Arabia must contact the respective Airlines to extend your visas. If you wish to stay more then 90 days you can contact the local tourism company

At this moment you are left behind with only one option, to do a prepaid visa and status change (visa change without exit) or find the flight to exit UAE

You will be liable to pay fine 300 AED for the first day and 100 AED from the second day, each day you will be fined 100 AED

Please make sure you follow the Oman news related to boarder opening & you may call Royal Oman Police Headquarters at +96824569282

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