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UAE Tourist Visa Extension

One regular question from most travelers in the UAE ask us, “How can I do my UAE Tourist Visa Extension?”. Well, you can extend your visa for specified number of days depending on the type of tourist visa you have. In this guide we will provide you with multiple options along with recent UAE visa regulation updates.

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Written By Arabiers Digital & Reviewed by Robeena Brown

November 14, 2023 | 13 min read

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Rates for Extension options
20 days extension Without exit

20 days extension

20 days extension Without exit

Without exit


990 AED

Only for 30 days on arrival nationals

30 days extension

30 days extension

30 days extension

Without exit


1190 AED

Only Prepaid visa holders

30 days new tourist visa

30 days new tourist visa

Airport to Airport visa change

Airport to Airport visa change return flight ticket


1590 AED

All nationals

60 days new tourist visa

60 days new tourist visa

Airport to Airport visa change

Airport to Airport visa change return flight ticket


1790 AED

For All nationals

30 days express visa

30 days express visa

30 days express visa

Travelers who exit Boarder & other country


789 AED

For All nationals

60 days express visa

60 days express visa

60 days express visa

Travelers who exit Boarder & other country


989 AED

All nationals

30 days express visa

90 days in country visa

30 days express visa

Without exit & with changes status


Contact us

For All nationals

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Visa Extension Options for Nationals with On Arrival Visa

Valid Countries

Countries valid for the 30 days on arrival free visa include 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 States of America, Vatican City, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Below are the visa extension options available for these nationals :


Want to stay longer?

Pay around 990 AED to extend your 30 days free on-arrival visa. The UAE government grants you a 10 days grace period in case you miss on your expiry dates and offers you 20 days after you apply for extension. Cumulatively, you get to spend 60 days in the UAE from the day one to your departure date.

You may exit UAE briefly to the neighboring countries like Oman and apply for an express visa back to the country. You can either travel by road to the other country or opt for airport transfer which is faster.

To use this option, book with Arabiers an airport-to-airport visa change ticket and board a plane to the nearby country like Oman. Chill out at the Oman airport for about an hour and then board another plain back to the UAE. Arabiers will processes your express 30 days on-arrival visa.

This visa extension option is perfect for those who want to stay in the UAE for more than 60 days. This is how this visa extension works :

  • First, leave the UAE at least one day before your visa expiry date and go to your home country or any other country.
  • Immediately you exit, send Arabiers your exit stamp and a copy of your passport to make an application on your behalf.
  • Wait for a few days for the 90 days visa to be approved.
  • We will then send the valid visa to you visa email.
  • Come back to the UAE and enjoy 90 more days there.

Travelers who need to stay in the UAE for 90 more days without leaving the country should consider using this visa extension option. Here is how it works :

  • To begin with, contact Arabiers before 5 days of your current tourist visa expiry.
  • Next, send us a copy of your passport, current visa or your on-arrival entry stamp and a passport sized photo.
  • We will apply for a 90 days visa which will be processed in 3 to 5 days.
  • We will get the status of your visa hanged to the new visa and you may continue with your stay in the country for another 90 days.
Valid Countries

Countries valid for the 90 days free multi entry on arrival visa include, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas Islands, Barbados, Belgium, 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, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.

Here are the visa extension options for travelers with the 90 days on arrival visa to the UAE :


Want to stay more

This is the most economic visa extension options for 90 days visa holders. Contact Arabiers and then settle on an exit date few days to your visa expiry. Exit the UAE to a nearing country like Oman by road. Arabiers will then apply for a UAE express visa valid for 30 or 60 days depending on your instructions. We will then send the e-visa via email and you can get back to the country.

Consider an airport transfer from UAE to a neighboring country like Oman to extend your 90 days on-arrival visa. Contact Arabiers, who will organize your flight tickets to Oman. Exit the UAE to Oman and chill in the airport for an hour and then board a plane back to the UAE. Arabiers will apply for the express 30- or 60-days express e-visa on your visa and will be handed to you when you land back into the UAE.

This is the ideal visa extension option for travelers seeking to extend their stay in the UAE for more 90 days. Here is how this extension works :

  • First, leave the UAE at least one day before your visa expiry date and go to your home country or any other country.
  • Immediately you exit, send Arabiers your exit stamp and a copy of your passport to make an application on your behalf.
  • Wait for a few days for the 90 days visa to be approved.
  • We will then send the valid visa to you visa email.
  • Come back to the UAE and enjoy 90 more days there.

If you need to stay in the UAE for 90 more days without leaving the country, consider using this visa extension option. Here is how it works :

  • To begin with, contact Arabiers before 5 days of your current tourist visa expiry.
  • Next, send us a copy of your passport, current visa or your on-arrival entry stamp and a passport sized photo
  • We will apply for a 90 days visa which will be processed in 3 to 5 days.
  • We will get the status of your visa hanged to the new visa and you may continue with your stay in the country for another 90 days.
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UAE visa Extension options for Prepaid / Pre-Arranged Visa Holders

Nationals that are not eligible for the on-arrival UAE visa must obtain a prepaid visa before entering the country. Just like other passport holders, a Prepaid visa holder, may also wish to extend their stay in this amazing middle eastern country. The UAE allows you to extend your days in the country provided that you apply for a visa extension before your visa expiry date. Here are the visa extension options available for you :

  1. 1. Extend your Preexisting Prepaid Tourist Visa
  2. 2. Oman Visa Run
  3. 3. Airport to Airport Visa Change

1. Extend your Preexisting Prepaid Tourist Visa

If you obtained your UAE tourist visa from an airline or a tour operator like Arabiers, you an extend it twice. The first extension is allowed for 30 days and the second time you apply for an extension, you are granted 20 more days in the country.

2. Oman Visa Run

When travelling from the UAE to Oman, you are eligible for an Oman on-arrival visa at the Oman borders. Self-drive out of the UAE and re-enter the country with either an on-arrival visa or a prepaid visa. This strategy is used mostly by nationals eligible for on-arrival visa. The 30 days on-arrival visa holders get another free visa when they use this route while the 90 days on-arrival visa holders must apply for a prepaid visa when they exit the UAE.

3. Airport to airport visa change

Most prepaid visa holders use this method to extend their UAE visas. Exit the UAE by flying to the nearest middle eastern airport, relax at the airport for about a few hours as we process your express UAE visa and then jet back into the country. Contact us to help you arrange for the airport-to-airport transfer and also for the express visa application. Here is how the Airport-to-airport visa change works :

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 the residence visa page of the reference person.

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Step 2

Make payment

Please 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 an 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 the new visa.

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Visa Extension for Cancelled Residents Visa Holder

If you are already in the UAE and your visa gets cancelled, the UAE Immigration grants you a free 30 to 60 days grace period to decide on the way forward in the country. If you decide to exit the country, take this time to settle your tenancy contracts, mobile bills, credit card, loans and home connections and then exit the UAE. If you are switching jobs or want to stay longer, make use of the grace period to obtain a tourist visa. You can use Oman visa run, airport to airport transfer or fly to another country and come back to the UAE to get a new tourist visa to the UAE. As much tempting as it may be, do not attempt to overstay the grace period as you risk paying fines worth 50 AED for each day you overstay.

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UAE visa extension new rules - 2024

The UAE government has come up with new visa extension regulations that ought to be adhered to by every traveler.

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Dubai residents are now allowed to sponsor family and friends to stay in the UAE for up to 90 days. This visa, known as the UAE visit visa for family and friends is valid for 90 days and an be applied through the GDFRA website, a mobile application, or the Amer center. UAE immigration is yet to disclose the extension details for this visit visa.
Source: ICP

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The visa extension reforms implemented from December 23, 2022 led to the discontinuation of visa extension while in the country. Many travelers are now opting for airport-to-airport visa change and Oman visa run options. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the UAE to allow the in-country visa extensions due to travel restrictions.
Source: Arabiers Visa processing team

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The UAE introduced the 60 days visa, effective from October 3, 2022. Before that, travelers could only apply for the 30- and 90-days tourist visa. currently, you may apply for either a single entry or multiple entry 30- or 60-days visa. All nationalities are eligible to apply for this visa and it is also extendable.
Source: ICP

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If your permit is cancelled by your sponsor or employer in the UAE, you an obtain a new tourist visa without necessarily exiting the country. This is possible when you choose inside country visa change without exit to extend your stay.
Source: Gulf News, June 06, 2020

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The Royal Police of Oman issued a statement on 25 October 2019 that all nationalities entering Oman must apply for a pre-entry visa to be allowed entry into the country. This regulation came to effect from 1st November 2019, so if you are opting for an Oman visa run to extend your UAE visa, you should plan in advance to acquire a Oman visa.
Source: The National, 19 November 2019

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If you hail from a country that qualifies for the on-arrival UAE visa, you can extend your visit from an on- arrival visa to a prepaid visa without exiting the UAE.

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The UAE now offers a Travel Insurance that covers Covid-19, so if you want to extend your visit or tourist visa, obtain the insurance just in case its needed.

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If you are an Indian national with a USA visa, EU Residence Permit or a UK Residence Permit, you qualify for the on-arrival UAE tourist visa but at a cost. You will be charged 100 AED for the on-arrival visa and an extra 20 AED service charge. The visa is valid for 14 days and can be extended once for another 14 days. To extend this visa, you must pay an extension fee of 250 AED and 20 AED service charge. If you overstay your visa validity, you will be charged 100 AED penalty for every day you stay and 200 AED to get the departure permit. Contact us if you need to stay in the UAE for 1 or 2 months. Otherwise, visit the immigration office or the airport if you want to extend you visa.
Source: Gulf News

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UAE New Work Week

The UAE looks forward to become the region’s most effective and efficient corporate and economic development hub. This prompted them to reduce the number of working days from 5 to 4.5. As from 1 January 2022, all official departments operate Monday to Friday noon. This means that if you need to apply for a visa extension, you must do it during the countries business days and hours. Ensure that you apply for a visa extension before your current visa expires.

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Expiring visas, Passport & Validity

If you want to apply for a new UAE tourist visa, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months. When you get into the UAE and want to extend your visa, we advise you to renew your passport in advance if its nearing expiry. After you renew your passport, you can easily exit the UAE and then come back with a new tourist visa, following the extension options discussed above.

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Reforms and Updates related to UAE visa Extension 2024

  • December 13, 2023
    Bosnia and Herzegovina passport holders can now enter the UAE visa free and obtain an on-arrival visa. This regulation applies for those traveling for tourism, business and other short-term visits into the UAE. The move to eliminate the need for visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens symbolizes the deepening diplomatic connections between the two countries that result in smooth travel for their citizens.
    ( Source: Arabiers processing team)
  • September 27, 2023
    The UAE announced its plans to implement the GCC visa which will operate just like the Schengen visa. This visa will allow travelers to enter any of the GCC countries, which includes, the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain without any constraints. Currently the GCC countries residents can move across borders without limitations, but foreigners must apply for visa to be allowed entry.
    ( Source: Gulfnews)
  • July 25, 2023
    The 90 days leisure visa was re-introduced after it was scrapped off in 2022. travelers who wish to extend their stay in the UAE to explore more can apply for this visa. The visa is available for all nationalities and can be extended without exiting the country at an additional cost.
    ( Source: Arabiers processing team)
  • May 31, 2023
    The UAE Immigration eliminated the 10-day grace period for prepaid visit visa holders. You can now only stay for 30 or 60 days, according to your visa validity, after which you must exit the country. If you wish to extend your stay in the UAE, you must apply for visa extension, otherwise, just exit the country to avoid overstaying penalties.
    ( Source: Arabiers processing team)
  • Febraury 06, 2023
    ICP introduced a new service that allows prepaid visa holders to extend their 30- or 60-days visa by exiting the country and then coming back.
    ( Source: ICP UAE)
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FAQs

The UAE has abolished the grace period and therefore he should exit the country asap or extend his tourist visa.

Keep glued to get updates from the government if you can apply for a 5-year visa with a 60-day visit visa.

A visa change air ticket is a special ticket with a visa stamp that allows you to fly to a neighboring Middle Eastern country without an entry visa to that specific country. When you want to extend your visa through airport-to-airport transfer, we organize with the airline for this type of visa.

Whether to pay for visa extension fees, wholly depends on your nationality and the kind of visa you had.

Absolutely! If you do not prefer other visa extension methods listed above, we can help you obtain a new visa in 8 to 24 hours after exiting the UAE. However, this visa extension method is costly and more hectic since you have to book a return ticket to your country.

If you stay past your visa validity dates, you will be charged 50 AED per day for each day you overstay in the UAE.

You can pay visa fines at the immigration counter in the airport while exiting the country or reach out to us for assistance.

In case of visa extension denial while at the airport, book a flight to your home country immediately and exit the country. You will cater for your own flight ticket arrangements.

The Airport-to-airport visa change package includes a UAE visa processing charge, VAT, service charge and a return flight ticket.

US Nationals do not need a visa to travel to Dubai. They are eligible for a free 30 days on arrival visa which an be extended for another 30 days.

Indian nationals with a valid US Green Card are eligible for an UAE on-arrival visa valid for 14 days. The visa can be extended for more 14 days. If you wish to stay in the UAE for longer than 30 days, it is advisable to just apply for the prepaid visa.

The UAE immigration allows you to apply for visa extension even if you have overstayed your visa. however, you first have to pay the penalties accrued before exiting the country.

If you obtained your UAE visa through Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai or Air Arabia, you must contact the respective airline to extend your visa. Contact us to help you obtain a new visa.

Yes! We operate 2 trips every week for travelers on 30 days on arrival visa.

If your visa status hasn’t changed from tourist to residence, and you tourist visa has already expired, you are liable to pay the daily overstaying fines. The best way to approach this issue is to apply for a visa extension as you await your resident visa to process. Alternatively, you can exit UAE and come back when your resident visa is ready.

While GCC citizens enter the UAE visa free, GCC residents who are nationals of countries not eligible for UAE on arrival visas must apply for prepaid visa to be allowed entry. The visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days.

No! USA citizens are eligible for the on-arrival visa to Oman.