UAE Tourist Visa Extension Options 2022

Update - 03rd January, 2022

Have you visited UAE with an on-arrival visa? Is your prepaid visa in the brink of expiry? Has your resident visa been 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 On Arrival Nations

Valid Countries

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


Want to stay longer ?

Up-on arrival, your details are captured by the immigration officers and they can be used to extend your stay. 30 days on arrival can be extended for another 30 days. Or 30 days with a 10 day grace period can be used with the possibility of acquiring a 20 day extension. This costs approximately 900-1000 AED

Get visa on arrival
Step 1

Apply for an Oman visa


Step 2

Oman visa approved


Step 3

Drive to border / book visa run.


Step 4

Re-enter with 30 days free entry.


Get a prepaid visa
Step 1

Speak to a tour operator who can process an e-express visa.


Step 2

Apply for an Oman visa.


Step 3

Oman visa approved.


Step 4

Drive to border.


Step 5

Wait for the new visa.


Step 6

Get a prepaid visa & enter UAE (for 30 or 90 days).


Step 1

Speak to a tour operator who has 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

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, 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 options for Prepaid / Pre-Arranged Visa Holders

Those who not eligible to get on arrival needed to get prepaid visa / UAE prepaid tourist visa & after prepaid visa holders arrive in UAE below are the options to extend their stay

  1. 1. Renewing your UAE tourist visa - Twice
  2. 2. Same day visa change - Airport to airport visa change
  3. 3. UAE tourist 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 tourist visa - Twice

If you have obtained visa from an airline or tour operator, it's a sponsored tourist visa and they can be extended twice for 30 days.

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 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.

book a visa change ticket
boarding pass via whatapp
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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UAE Tourist visa extension without exit - In Country Visa


An in country visa change without exit from UAE is popular among visitors who want 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. UAE visa Application procedure is a basic one where the visa holder applies for a new visa through a tour operator with the request of having the 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 too. 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

Oman visa run is the lower cost option & few tour operators in Dubai run this service

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For Cancelled Residents

Anyone who gets their UAE Residence visa has a 30 days grace period to make their 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 an Oman visa run, airport to airport visa change or flying somewhere and returning.


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 subsequent day .



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Rates - Full fledged services (typing to processing)

Extending on arrival visa
(once)
30 days extension
30 DAYS VISA - Inside Country
On arrival
900-1000 AED
In-country visa change
(No exit)
(8 hrs Process time)
30 Days Visa
30 DAYS VISA - Inside Country
Prepaid Visa Holders
1100 - 1200 AED
In-country visa change
(No exit)
(8 hrs Process time)
90 Days Visa
90 DAY VISA - Inside Country
On arrival
1550 - 1650 AED
In-country visa change
(No exit)
(8 hrs Process time)
90 Days Visa
90 DAYS VISA - Inside Country
Prepaid Visa Holders
1450 - 1550 AED

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

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



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UAE visa Extension after Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Live Updates

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

  • January 03, 2022
    1. Visitors to Abu Dhabi from UK who intended to travel back or extend the stays urged to check this update, the United Kingdom has been removed from Abu Dhabi's green list of travel destinations. Unvaccinated passengers from the United Kingdom will be required to quarantine in a residence or hotel for ten days upon arrival in Abu Dhabi. Passengers from non-green list countries who have been vaccinated are tested upon arrival and again six days afterwards. It is not necessary for them to quarantine.
    The test-on-arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport is free, and the day-six test is also free at any Seha clinic. This change will be effective from January 3rd 2022 onwards.
    ( Source : The National )
  • December 29, 2021
    2. Those who are on a tourist visa in Abu Dhabi urged to see this new update if plans to leave & come for visa change. For the month of December 2021, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Green List of countries, regions, and territories has been updated to accommodate only 73 countries from the previous 95 and has been into effect from Sunday, December 26, 2021. After arrival in Abu Dhabi, all passengers arriving from the amended 'Green List' destinations will be exempt from necessary quarantine measures. The 'Green List' of countries in Abu Dhabi is a collection of overseas territories believed to pose little risk of spreading Covid-19 into the emirate. Travellers must show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result that is valid for up to 48 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, passengers will be required to take another PCR test. On Day 6, vaccinated travellers on the new 'Green List' would undergo a second PCR test. Unvaccinated travellers flying from countries on the 'Green List' are obliged to take PCR tests on Days 6 and 9.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • November 27, 2021
    3. Flights originating from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be suspended from Monday(29) November onwards to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variants. The announcement was made by the General Civil Aviation Authority, the Supreme Council for National Security and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority. This suspension does not affect any flights flying from the UAE to any of the above-mentioned countries.
    ( Source : Gulf News )
  • September 19, 2021
    4. If you have lengthened your stay in UAE by extending your visa, you can now travel to and from Abu Dhabi without worrying about facing a COVID19 PCR test which was previously compulsory. This rule was eliminated and is effective from 19 September, 2021. From 2 July, 2020 anyone entering Abu Dhabi by road was required to show the police at the Abu Dhabi entry points a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate. Although a PCR test is no longer required to enter Abu Dhabi from Dubai, it is still important to have the “green status” in their Al Hosn App to be allowed entry into public places.
    ( Source : The National )
  • April 25, 2021
    5. As of April 25th 2021 Abu Dhabi has permitted travel for individuals from countries permitted in their green list. If your nationality falls under the green list, you can enter Abu Dhabi with your on arrival facility. If you are EU national and have used up your allocated 90 day on arrival stay duration and wish to revisit Abu Dhabi again, we can assist you by applying for a pre-arranged visa
    ( Check Green list )
  • Febraury 28, 2021
    6. Travellers holding expired 30 day and 90 day visas will get an automatic visa extension until March 31, stated a source from the GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs). This decision was brought about due to lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed in numerous countries due to the new strain of COVID19 virus. Further details, how it works & procedures yet to be confirmed by the authorities
    ( Source : Khaleejtimes )
  • Febraury 24, 2021
    7. There is a new update released by the gov.uk website about the visa fine waiver for UK visitors stranded in Dubai. The update mentions that the GDRFA (The Director General of Dubai Immigration) has renounced the charging of any administrative fines until March 31, 2021 for visitors stranded in Dubai due to flight restrictions and have overstayed their permitted stay duration. Specific details about this update have not been confirmed by the UAE immigration.
    ( Source :Gov.uk )
Check More Updates


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UAE visa extension new rules - 2022

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Individuals Whose permits 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 25th October 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 1st November 12019 onwards and individuals opting for an Oman visa run to extend their visas need to plan in advance (Source: The National 19th November 2019)

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Nationalities eligible for on arrival UAE visas can extend their visit from an on-arrival visa to a 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 unfavourable 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 Residence permit & UK Residence permit renew their on-arrival UAE visa?

UAE tourist visa for Indian travelers who have valid USA Residence permit 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 you can proceed to the passport control counter & you are eligible to stay for 14 days. According to the sources this period can be extended once for a period of 28 days by paying a renewal fee of 250 AED plus a 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 won’t be able to extend your stay again and you need to exit the country or do a prepaid (pre-arranged) inside country visa with a tour operator. Any Indian travel travelers who wish to extend their on arrival visas advised to visit immigration or airport directly



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UAE new work week 2022

Following the UAE government's plan to reduce the working week to four and a half days, UAE immigration will do the same. This is in line with the country's ambition to become the region's most effective and efficient corporate and economic development hub.


Beginning January 1, 2022, the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, as well as limited working hours on Friday, will affect Arabiers' UAE tourist visa renewal service. Those wishing to stay in the UAE longer should apply for extensions and in-country visas during the new work week, which runs from Monday to Friday. It is better to get your extension or in-country done before your current visa expires and to have your status changed a day before your current visa expires.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to grace period end he must exit the country or legalize his stay. If not he will be subject to paying Overstsying violation fines.

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 25 AED after the waiver period of 30 days. If you are overstaying with a visit visa, you will be charged 200 AED for the first day and 100 AED per subsequent day.

If such a situation arises while you are in Dubai or Sharjah Airport immediately book a flight to your home country and exit the airport.

Subject to boarder rules, time to time due to covid things getting changes

Abu Dhabi Head Quarter

Phone : 02 4177000

Abu Dhabi Police Call Center

Phone : 8003333

Source : The national

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

If you are coming for a short holiday you do not need one upfront, on arrival you get it valid for 30 days with 10 days grace period. You are also given the chance to extend your stay multiple ways. But If you are planning to stay more than 30 days it is better to get a 90 day prepaid one through a tour operator which is approximately 750-800 AED (204 USD - 217 USD) instead of paying 900-1000 AED (245 USD - 272 USD) for extensions.

So far Indian nationals holding a US Green card (valid green card) are given an on-arrival facility with the fee (100 AED & 20 AED Service fee) and if you are planning to stay more than 14 or 30 days it is better to get prepaid ones.

Even you overstay UAE immigration allows you to extend it by paying the fines. If you extend, the first day fine remains the same 100 AED (if you exit you have got to pay 200 AED) and each subsequent day will cost you 100 AED. After paying the fines you will be able to extend your stay.

The visitor's obtaining visas through Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai & Air Arabia must contact the respective Airlines to extend their visas. If you wish to stay more than 90 days you can contact a local tour company.

At this moment you are left with only one option, visa change without exit or find the flight to exit UAE

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

Yes you can, you may call Smart Services ICA team at 600522222

yes you can stay in all other emirates including Dubai

Local tourism companies provide you 30 or 90 days in country permits, that has a 10 days grace period which gives you 40 or 100 days. If you can't complete your residence permit process (until status change - from tourist to residence) you are liable to pay daily fines. In the other hand the operator who facilitated will be responsible and their permission to issue new permits will be suspended, in order to clear that they will file a escape application with the government applied fee, so you will be absconded and your residence visa application and exit will be denied until you clear the fines and the absconding. If your employer is not understanding your agreement with your tour operator, go ahead and extend your stay or exit the country and then wait for your residence permit.

As per Article 11 of the Immigration Law, your daughter cannot work while she's holding a UAE tourist visa. To seek employment in the UAE she should first get a work permit from the MOHRE (Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation) or any of UAE's free zones. After this, a UAE residence visa will be issued by the GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs)

If your daughter is employed with a tourist visa it is considered illegal and the employer will be liable to certain fines. The student who was working on a tourist visa will be deported if caught which is in accordance with clause 1 and 6 of Article 34 of the immigration law.

Keeping in mind all of the above facts, your daughter has 3 options:

  • 1. Get a work permit sponsored by her employer even if she plans on working part time.
  • 2. Sponsor your daughter to get a residence visa after you have obtained your own residence visa. Once she's under your sponsorship you can submit a NOC to her prospective employer.
  • 3. If your daughter is enrolled in an educational institution or university she is eligible to apply for a student visa. She can then seek part time employment by getting an NOC from her university/ educational institution

Source :Khaleej Times

So far, there is no such requirement of either being vaccinated or having a PCR test to apply for an extension. We highly recommend you apply for COVID insurance when changing or extending your visa in the UAE. However, it is a must to do a PCR before entering Dubai and if you have received the vaccination then there will be certain advantages during quarantine. Travellers must:

  • have a valid COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours before departure.
  • sign a form agreeing to a 10-day hotel/home quarantine starting from the day of arrival in Dubai. (Source: Emirates)
  • Adhere to all the protocols set up in all Abu Dhabi borders if planning on visiting Abu Dhabi. These may lengthen the travel time. (Source Etihad)

From April 29, 2016 GCC resident permit holders must apply for a UAE visa before entering into the UAE. If you need to extend your visa after entering Dubai, we can do an inside country visa for the GCC resident permit holders without exiting the UAE.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the border run has been suspended leaving many on arrival nationals with a question mark on the procedures. Please contact the Oman embassy +971 4 397 1000 or Oman police & immigration +968 2 429 0942 for more information or opt for a visa change without exit (slightly costlier than a border run)

We have got this question from many travellers from the USA. After the COVID19 pandemic, it is possible for sudden flight rescheduling or cancelling. Travelling to Dubai is not a problem if you have a flight to get here. You can choose to either use your on arrival visa facility or apply for a prepaid visa before arriving which can be cheaper than doing an inside country visa extension.

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