UAE Tourist Visa Extension Options

April 4, 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

2 Simple Cost Effective ways

Same DayVisa Change Exit UAE through Dubai / Sharjah Airport & getting new visa same daySuspended Due To Coronavirus A
Inside CountryVisa Change Without Exit processing new visa & Status change B

A Same Day Visa Change - Airport to Airport Visa Change


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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B Inside Country visa change service - No exit


What is a UAE Inside Country visa change?

Previously, this type of visa change was a convenient option for visitors wishing to extend their prepaid visit visas so that they can stay longer in the UAE. However, 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.

Necessary Documents

Prepaid visa holders

  • Copy of applicant’s current prepaid visa
  • Clear and coloured scanned soft copy of applicant's passport in JPEG or PDF format ( scans should be taken with a scanning machine)
  • Recent coloured photo of applicant with clear background in soft copy (JPEG or PDF)
  • UAE residence page of friend/ relation who is the guarantor for applicant

On arrival visa holders

  • Clear and colored scan of applicant passport in soft copy, PDF or JPEG format ( scan taken from scanning machine)
  • Recent color photo of applicant with clear background in PDF or JPEG format
  • UAE residence page of friend/ relation who is the guarantor for applicant

Resident’s visa cancelled applicants

  • Cancelation copy of current residents visa
  • Clear and colored scan of applicant passport in soft copy, PDF or JPEG format ( scan taken from scanning machine)
  • Recent color photo of applicant with clear background in PDF or JPEG format
  • UAE residence page of friend/ relation who is the guarantor for applicant

Process

  1. 1. Send the necessary documents through email or WhatsApp & we will verify
  2. 2. We will guide you to our city offices (Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Ras Al Khaima) or bank account to make payment (If bank deposit send slips via WhatsApp)
  3. 3. The visa application will get processed and approved.
  4. 4. Status change will be applied to transfer from old visa to new visa.
  5. 5. Status change gets approved.
  6. 6. Visa & status change will be sent via email or WhatsApp.


Why can't I apply for a 30 days inside country visa change through a new tourism firm?

Prepaid visa holders

It is advisable to get your 30 days inside country visa extension with the company who issued your current visa as you could save up on more money as compared to approaching a new firm.

On arrival visa holders

It is preferable to apply for a visa through the immigration's echannel or via Amer services as the cost is way cheaper than applying through a new tourism firm.


What is a UID Number that is stated in the visa change?

The unified number easily known as UID is a compulsory number that generated when issuing any visas in UAE. This ID system was introduced in 2010 by the Federal Council of United Arab Emirates to maintain a count in the UAE system.


Tips to keep in mind during a visa extension

  1. 1. Always make sure to confirm your current visas final date of permitted stay by entering the requested fields and calculating it through the UAE immigration website and simultaneously keeping a running count of the days. Any mistakes or miscalculation can cost you so many dollars’ worth of fines and unnecessary tension that could have been avoided.
  2. 2. Be aware of the fines imposed by the UAE immigration. The fine is 200 AED for the first day of overstaying and 100 AED per day from the second day onwards for visitors. Resident visa holders will be charged 200 AED on first day of overstaying and 25AED per day from the second day onwards.
  3. 3. Always read the reviews from previous customers before deciding to apply for your visa extension through a tourism firm. Also call or drop by their office before making any payment.
  4. 4. Be prepared with the fee in advance if you have decided to extend your visa. All tourism firms request the payment upfront to be able to settle the fee charged by UAE immigration for this service.
  5. 5. After getting your new extended visa make it a point to check your last permitted stay date.
  6. 6. Processing time may be lengthier if you have submitted the documents over the weekend. If documents are handed on Thursday it won't be processed until Sunday as Friday and Saturday are holidays for tourism agency and the immigration.


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Rates

Same day Visa Change

30 DAYS VISA

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

1025 AED

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

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*Sunday - Thursday, 9am to 9pm




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

  • April 1, 2020
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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 )
  • 9. 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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Extension Options For On Arrival Nations

Those who are having on arrival Visas and wanting to stay more

Plan your holiday to UAE or plan ahead your extension in UAE with the Easy types of visa in UAE guide 2020. Get to know more about the current rules, regulation & tips to avoid fines or last minute surprises.



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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UAE visa extension new rules - 2020

30 Days

30 days on arrival UAE visa

Nationalités (Andorra, Australia, Canada, China, UK, USA, etc.) eligible for a 30 day UAE on-arrival visa can now extend their visit visa by exiting and entering the UAE. Those wishing to extend their visa while in Abu Dhabi can visit echannels.moi.gov.ae or amer.ae while extending from Dubai. The visa extension will cost between 600 to 800 AED and the applicant can choose between a 30-day extension and a 90-day extension. A new visa can be obtained by exiting UAE to Bahrain or Oman with the Dubai/Sharjah Airport to Airport Visa Change or by doing an Oman Visa Run


New Rule: 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)


New Rule: With the current corona situation and flight suspension 30 days on arrival nationals given a chance to extend their stay for 90 days with tourism companies without exiting the country.


Rough cost estimate


Extending through immigration online
800-900 AED

Sharjah Airport to Airport Visa Change
Ticket cost would be roughly 650 to 750 AED

Oman Visa Run
Fuel 100 to 200 AED
Oman Visa for 2 adults 100 AED (Like you taking your mom)
Oman insurance 90 AED
Food/Coffee 50 AED
Total cost approximately 400 AED


Prepaid UAE visit visa without exit for 30 days on arrival
90 days usually cost 2300-2400


90 Days

90 days on arrival UAE visa

Nationalities eligible for a 90-day on arrival visa multiple entry visa (Mostly EU Nationals - Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, etc.) valid for 6 months time (from issue date). Because of this, the visa cannot be extended while being in the country for free. Those who want to stay longer need to get a prepaid visa by doing an Oman Visa run or a Dubai/ Sharjah airport to airport visa change. Also the expensive option in side country visa without exit also available through tourism companies


Rough cost estimate

Sharjah Airport to Airport Visa Change
30 days extension with ticket 1000 to 1100 AED
90 days extension with ticket 1400 to 1500 AED

Oman Visa Run 90 days
90 days express visa 900 AED
Fuel roughly 200 AED
Oman Visa for 2 pax 100 AED
Oman insurance 90 AED
Food/Coffee 50 AED
Total cost approximately 1300 AED

Oman Visa Run 30 days
30 days express visa 500 AED
Fuel roughly 200 AED
Oman Visa for 2 pax 100 AED
Oman insurance 90 AED
Food/Coffee 50 AED
Total cost approximately 900 AED

Inside country visa 90 days
Usually it cost 2300-2400 AED


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Prepaid UAE visas

Individuals holding a prepaid UAE visit visa can apply for a 30-day extension without exit two times consecutively. Those who like to stay 90 days can choose between any of the 3 options mentioned below:


Rough cost estimate

Sharjah Airport to Airport Visa Change
30 days extension with ticket 1000 to 1100 AED
90 days extension with ticket 1400 to 1500 AED

Extended Visa with exit

Same day visa change in Dubai/Sharjah airport

30 days 999 AED
90 days 1399 AED

Oman Visa Run 30 days
No exit 30-day visa must be taken from same sponsor and costs roughly 950 to 1100 AED
No exit 90-day visa can take from different sponsor (tour operator) costs roughly 2300 AED to 2400 AED

Inside country visa 90 days for prepaid visa holders
Usually it cost 2200 AED


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

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

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