UAE Visa change without exit - 2022 Guide

18th April, 2022 Updated

A comprehensive guide to UAE Visa change without exit (In tourism firm we call inside country visa change), get to know the procedure, prices & documents required. Also read our tips & updates to avoid getting fines upon exit or renewing your stay


What is Visa change without exit in UAE?

UAE inside country visa change service 2022

Inside country visa change without exit UAE is one of few visa extension or renewal options currently available for the visitors who are in UAE at the moment. Due to some travel restrictions imposed after Outbreak of Corona Pandemic “Inside country visa with Status change service” is the best visa change option to get done while being safe inside your home. Also check out our UAE visa extension detailed guide




Step 1

Documents collection and Verification

Forward us the relevant documents through WhatsApp or Email to check and verify the current visa expiry date, passport validity and other details.

Step 2

Payment confirmation

Go ahead with Payment at our city offices in Abu Dhabi , Duabi or Ras Al Khaimah or to our bank account (deposit slip /online transfer details has to send to verify)

Step 3

Visa Application

The visa application will get submitted and get approved. After approval visa

Status : In echannel/ednrd will show up as ‘Active’

Step 4

Visa Status Change

Status will be changed from old visa to new visa.

Status : Upon status change visa status in echannel/ednrd will show up as ‘Used’

Step 5

The Status change Approved

Status change gets approved.


Step 6

Receive visa copy and Status change

You will receive the approved visa copy and status change papers in E-mail or to your WhatsApp.

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Step 7

Getting confirm the new visa expiry date

Arabiers team will send you the immigration system screenshot for last date of the new visa your awareness



Rates - Full fledged services (Typing to processing)

The rate are usually expensive the other lower cost options (Oman visa run or returning to home country and come back). The rates are usually differ based on the nationality passport and we do not process any visas for African nations and some Arab nationals. Rates mentioned below are an approximate to give an idea to the reader

30 days extension

Extending on arrival visa (once)

On arrival

900 - 1000 AED
90 Days Visa

Incountry visa change (No exit)

(8 hrs Process time)

On arrival

1550 - 1650 AED
30 Days Visa

Incountry visa change (No exit)

(8 hrs Process time)

Prepaid / Cancelled Residence Visa Holders

1100 - 1200 AED
90 Days Visa

Incountry visa change (No exit)

(8 hrs Process time)

Prepaid / Cancelled Residence Visa Holders

1450 - 1550 AED

UAE inbound travel insurance for visa change without exit applicants

Insurance that covers you during your visa change in the country

Type of Insurance Rate
Insurance for 30 days 95 AED
Insurance for 90 days 165 AED

When you are doing visa change, you can now obtain insurance that cover corona & emeregency situations without exiting the country read more here


Documents required

  • Copy of current tourist/ visit visa
  • Applicant’s passport soft copy ( color scan copy in PDF OR JPEG format)
  • Applicant’s Photograph (color photo in PDF OR JPEG format)
  • UAE resident visa page of the guarantor ( Relative/ friend/ a company )
  • Applicant’s passport soft copy ( color scan copy in PDF OR JPEG format)
  • Applicant’s Photograph (color photo in PDF OR JPEG format)
  • UAE resident visa page of the guarantor ( Relative/ friend/ a company )
  • Resident visa cancelation copy
  • Applicant’s passport soft copy ( color scan copy in PDF OR JPEG format) Recent color photo of applicant with clear background in PDF or JPEG format
  • Applicant’s Photograph (color photo in PDF OR JPEG format)
  • UAE resident visa page of the guarantor ( Relative/ friend/ a company )





Use immigration websites (e-channel/ Ednrd) to check what your current visa expiry date is by entering the relevant details to the field and count how many days more you have. It is important to track exact dates to avoid last minute tension and overstay fines.

Keep updated about immigration overstay charges. In case of tourist/ visit visa holder overstay very first day fine costs 200 AED and on every other day overstay fine costs 100 AED per day. If it’s a resident visa cancelled individual first day fine will be 200 AED and each other day 25 AED accumulated. If you are doing visa change without exit it counted 100 AED per day

Always read the reviews from It’s always a good idea to check out the reviews and service standard of the visa firm that you are intending to process your visa. Before the payment call or visit the office much better.

Prepare fee for visa extension in advance because all travel companies accept upfront payments to process visa related services. UAE immigration charges application fees upfront for any visa related services

After your new visa status change is done, make sure to understand what is the next ending date for the new visa you just received. Usually the visa provider will share you the screenshot taken from immigration for your reference to know till when

Visa processing time completely rely on how busy immigration system is. Submitting applications over the weekend or near to weekend might take time hence immigration and most tourism companies closed on Fridays. These days due to large volume of applications visa processing takes more time too. Check out our UAE visa terms and condition too


UAE Tourist / Visit visa Renewal live updates after Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

April 18, 2022

Any unvaccinated traveller needs to complete a PCR test within 48 hours before departure. If you have already entered the country but need to extend your visa make sure to fill up all forms on the Al Hosn App to get the green status. This rule will be implemented from the 19th of April 2022 and will not be applicable for unvaccinated travellers under 16.

(Source: National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA))

March 11, 2022

PCR testing upon arrival has been made optional for all passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to the announcement made in the airport's social media handle. Travellers who want to activate the green status on their Al Hosn app can still use the PCR testing facilities at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. You must have the green status to enter commercial areas, tourist destinations, public venues, and other locations in Abu Dhabi.

(Source: Gulf News)

Febraury 27, 2022

International passengers no longer need to worry about the Green list or quarantining upon arrival as these have been eliminated effective from February 26. Similarly, Abu Dhabi's Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee lifted the requirement of Al Hosn Green pass and EDE screening for visitors entering Abu Dhabi from other Emirates. The green pass system will continue to be effective for entry to government buildings,public places, tourist attractions and private or public events.

(Source: Gulf News)

Febraury 26, 2022

The UAE's National Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Management Authority announced that PCR tests are no more necessary for fully-vaccinated travellers starting from February 26.

Travellers who aren't fully vaccinated need to submit either of the following: A negative PCR test certificate taken within 48 hours of departure or a recovery certificate with a QR code prooving coronavirus recovery not older than a month from scheduled travel date.

Abu Dhabi has eliminated it's green list and has also scrapped the requirement for quarantine.

(Source: The National)

January 03, 2022

As of January 3rd, Abu Dhabi has removed the United Kingdom from its green list of vacation destinations. Passengers from the United Kingdom who have not been vaccinated will be compelled to quarantine in a residence or hotel for 10 days after arriving in Abu Dhabi. Quarantine is not necessary for passengers who have been vaccinated and originate from non-green list countries. They will however be tested upon arrival and again six days later. The test conducted after arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport is free. The test that needs to be taken on day six is also free as long as it is done in any facility that falls under the Seha group of hospitals. The UK visitors to Abu Dhabi intended to fly out & come back, better consider the visa change without exit options

(Source: The National)

November 27, 2021

UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, the Supreme Council for National Security and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced on Friday (26) November the suspension of certain inbound flights. Effective from Monday(29) November onwards, flights from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini and Botswana will be suspended to contain the spread of the new strain of the COVID-19 virus. All outbound flights will continue to operate to these destinations from UAE.

(Source: Gulf News)

February 28, 2021

An automatic visa extension will be given to travellers holding expired 30 day and 90 day UAE visas. The GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs) stated this extension will be given until 31 March 2021 due to the lockdown and travel restrictions imposed in many countries as a result of the new COVID19 virus strain.

(Source: Khaleejtimes)

February 24, 2021

The new statement updated on website mentions the GDRFA's visa fine waiver for UK travelers stuck in Dubai. This visa fine waiver is applicable for visitors overstaying after their visa is over but are unable to fly back due to the flight restrictions. The GDRFA (The Director General of Dubai Immigration) mentioned that they won't be charging any administrative fines until March 31,2021. The UAE immigration hasn't released any statement regarding the specifics of this waiver.


February 12, 2021

When we are checking the last date of the on arrival & prepaid visas of the visitors it was noticed some travelers has been granted with a free visa extension till first week of March. Further confirmations and specification yet to be updated by UAE immigration

January 07, 2021

Visitors (Prepaid visa holders & On arrival visa holders) in UAE whose visas have expired or will expire between 19 December 2020 and January 15 2021 are allowed to stay in UAE until 26 January, 2020 as announced by the GDRFA

(Source: Khaleej Time)

December 28, 2020

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offered a free one month extension for individuals of all nationalities stranded in UAE and unable to fly back due to the new variant of Corona

(Source: The National)

November 17, 2020

According to immigration statement, fines will be waived for individuals with visit, tourist or Residence visas that have expired before March 1 2020 and are illegally overstaying in the country

(Source: Gulf News)

July 12, 2020

Starting from July 11, 2020 onwards the grace period offered for entry permits and visas will be decided by a strict schedule released by the ICA.

(Source: Gulf News)

July 11, 2020

The statement permitting individuals in the country holding visas and entry permit validity from March 1,2020 to December 31,2020 has been retracted. This decision will be imposed from July 11, 2020 onwards.

(Source: Khaleej Times)

July 10, 2020

Individuals holding tourist/visit/on arrival or residence visa that have expired before March 1,2020 are given a deadline until August 18,2020 to exit the country without the need of paying any overstay fines. Individuals with tourist/visit/on arrival or residence visa that have expired after March 1,2020 are given a grace period until December 31,2020 to exit the country without incurring any fines. Individuals having cancelled UAE residence visas and new born babies are exempted from this rule.

(Source: Gulf News)

May 25, 2020

As stated by his excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's president,individuals holding a UAE visa that expires prior to March 1,2020 are excused from paying any overstay fines. These visa holders are given a 3 month deadline starting from May 18,2020 to leave the country. Both residency and entry visa holders are exempted from paying these fines.

(Source: Gulf News)

April 14, 2020

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 Times)

March 13, 2020

Putting a full stop for most popular visa change and extension options such as UAE A2A visa change (airport to airport) and Oman visa run, Oman Royal Police has stopped issuing all types of tourist visas. Also, the Oman boarder entries has been closed while all local airline flights from Dubai and Sharjah to Oman as well as all cruise ship arrivals to Sultanate of Oman has been cancelled.

(Source: Gulfnews)

March 19, 2020

United Arab Emirates government announced a temporary suspension over new visa and entry permits. On 17th March onwards issuing new visit visa has been stopped. At the same time as an immediate safety measure even the visas/ entry permits processed and issued before 17th March has been cancelled even though before 16th March it was said the visa holders whose visas issued before 17th March can enter UAE. However from 18th March the suspension has been validated and prevent entry for all individuals who has visit visa, tourist visa and new resident visa entry permits till further notice.

(Source: Khaleej Times)

March 17, 2020

Issuance On-arrival visa has been suspended on 18th March to UAE while the UAE the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has advised all Aviation companies and airliners to avoid boarding any passengers of such as another precautionary measure over COVID19. On the next day even the entry of resident visa holders who are currently out of UAE has been put on hold.

(Source: Khaleej Times)

March 23, 2020

Around the world large number of scheduled flights has been cancelled resulting sudden change in travel plans of FIT and Groups. Therefore as per the UAE travel agents approximately 80% of the bookings had to cancel. Against Coronavirus outbreak majority of flight not only to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah but also to nearest GCC countries. Withstanding United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health prohibit the travel outside for all UAE nationals while the students who have been in foreign countries will go through mandatory 14 days quarantine before sending home to reduce the spread of this Corona outbreak

(Source: The national)

March 19, 2020

Because of the prevailing travel bans, both UAE prepaid visa holders who are in need of extending their current visas have to follow no exit visa extension procedure. On-arrival visa holders are given the chance to extend the visa through no exit visa change options. Therefore you do not need to panic about visa extending the visas during this time. You can take the assistance of from tourism companies to process the inside visas and extensions without going all the way back to your home country during this critical time period

(Source: Gulf News )


Your visa change reasons

Below we have listed a handful of reasons that can lead you to apply for a UAE visa change without exit.

  1. Received free on-arrival at UAE which is coming to an end
  2. Transit visa is expiring but unable to travel
  3. Cancelled resident visa
  4. Expiry nearing for prepaid tourist visa
  5. Arrived on mission visa and wish to change to tourist visa

After you have figured out which of these 5 scenarios sound similar to yours, read below to see what procedure you should follow for an UAE inside country visa change.

01Received free on-arrival at UAE which is coming to an end

First, figure out which on arrival category you belong to, the 30-day or 90-day on arrival visa.

30-day on arrival holders

If you hail from countries like Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Ireland, San Marino, Singapore, Ukraine, Britain (UK) and Northern Ireland USA & Vatican City, you will receive a free on-arrival visa that permits you to stay for a total of 40 days in the UAE. The visa originally permits 30 days of stay with an additional 10 day grace period to leave the country or do extension. To extend you can either choose to avail the extension of your on arrival visa for an additional 30 days giving you a total stay of 60 days from your entry date) or do a new 90 day tourist visa if you wish to stay longer. We can apply for an inside country 90 day UAE visa which will give you a total of 140 days to stay in UAE, 30+ 10 days (on arrival free stay) and 90+10 days (99 day visa)

90-day on arrival holders

If you belong to countries like France, Switzerland, Russia, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Paraguay, Greece, Poland, Bahamas, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Uruguay, Denmark, Malta, South Korea, Honduras, Portugal, Barbados, Hungary, Romania, Belgium, Iceland, Brazil, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Seychelles, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Czech Republic ,Maldives you are eligible for free on arrival visa for a 90 day stay in UAE. This is a multiple entry visa which can be used within a 6 month duration.

This visa doesn't have an extension and the 90 days stay period needs to be utilized within 180 days from first entry. For an extension you have to apply for a prepaid tourist visa with exit or without exit. But, due to the prevailing pandemic it's ideal to opt for an inside country visa to avoid any unwanted hassle.

02 Transit visa is expiring but unable to travel

UAE issues a 48-hour and 96-hour transit visa for individuals on long layovers. Having any type of UAE transit visa authorizes them to leave the airport and sightsee UAE. In instances of flight delays or change of travel plans you can always apply for the visa change without exit by submitting your entry and transit visa details.

03 Cancelled resident visa

If a UAE resident wants to find new employment or stay longer for certain reasons, the cancelled Residence visa can be changed to a tourist visa without exit to avoid incurring overstay fines. You will need to submit your Resident cancellation paper and residence details.

04 Expiry nearing for prepaid tourist visa

If you hold passports of South Africa, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Sri Lanka you require a pre-arranged UAE visa to enter into UAE. If you need an extension you can opt for the visa change without exit option if it fits your budget.

05 Arrived on mission visa and wish to change to tourist visa

The mission visa holder cannot apply for an inside country tourist visa as the mission visa needs to be cancelled (which requires the holder to leave UAE) to be able to apply for a new visa.


Current visa status check & checking fines

If you wish to confirm your last day of stay and the current visa status you can utilize the file validity checker of the Federal Government System (ICA). If you are on arrival, prepaid, transit visa holder click the "passport information and visa", if you are resident holding cancelled visa choose "passport information and residency". From the visa expired date you can calculate your overstaying fines, if you are cancelled resident 25 AED per day and visitor 100 AED per day


Comparing visa change options

Mentioned here are certain other methods which can be used to extend your UAE stay.

  1. Airport to airport visa change
  2. Oman visa run
  3. Visa change by bus -Suspended due to covid
  4. Going for holidays and coming back
  5. Going home country and coming back
  6. Airport to airport visa change -Suspended due to covid

01Airport to airport visa change

Before COVID 19, Airport to Airport visa change was the popular option. This service has been suspended due to the travel restrictions imposed in most Gulf cities to contain the pandemic. With all the quarantine rules, PCR tests and mandatory insurance before flying, the Airport to Airport visa change would have been very costly and a hassle. Compared to which, the inside country UAE visa is an easier alternative that doesn't require quarantining or PCR tests.

02 Oman Visa Run

The Oman visa run has become less famous after COVID19. Anyone opting for this needs to contact the Oman Embassy in UAE or contact +968 24290942 / +968 24290827 or email at When compared with inside country UAE visa, the Oman visa run procedure is very useful for 30-day on arrival nationals who can get a new visa when re-entering without any cost. This service cannot be used by prepaid visa holders or 90-day on arrival visa holders.

03 Visa change by bus -Suspended due to covid

This Visa change by bus was popular with Indian and Philippine nationals renewing their tourist visas. Arrangements have to be made a few days in advance because the Oman visa needs to be obtained 1 to 2 working days before your date of travel. This procedure takes the applicant by bus to the Hatta border, exit from there and wait until the new UAE visa has been issued to enter UAE. The procedure is similar to an Oman visa run but the arrangements are made by your operators.

04 Going for holidays and coming back - Not suitable due to covid

If you are lucky to find holiday packages cheaper than the visa change without exit procedure, you can apply for your new visa while holidaying or re-enter with an on arrival visa if you are eligible.

05 Going home country and coming back - Not suitable due to covid

You might feel like using your return ticket to fly back and re-enter with a new visa is cheaper. But when you add up the cost of new visa and round ticket it will be costlier than the visa change without exit. With the PCR tests and quarantine, it will also be a much tedious process than a without exit UAE visa


Fines calculation during visa change without exit

The visa change without exit procedure can be performed in the Dubai or Abu Dhabi immigrations depending on your preferred emirate. The procedure might be slightly different from emirate to emirate. When is come to paying your overstaying fine both emirates has separate fee structure

Fine collection In Abu Dhabi

Additional fees like ICA fees, electronic payment fees and e-services fees will be collected.

Example scenario

AOverstaying on a prepaid/ on arrival visa, breakdown of the total fine needed to pay
Overstaying Fines (days of over staying x 100 AED) + ICA fee total (53.47 AED).
If you overstay for a total of 10 days, your fines will be 10 x 100 + 53.47 = 1053.47 AED. This needs to be settled before your new application is processed.

BOverstaying after your grace period after residence cancellation

Overstaying Fines (days of over staying x 25 AED) + ICA fee total (53.47 AED )
If you overstay for a total of 10 days, your fines will be 10 x 250 + 53.47 = 303.47 AED which needs to be settled before the new application is processed.

Receipt of fine paying in country Abu Dhabi

Fine collection In Dubai

No additional fees will be collected.

You will be charged 100 AED per day if overstaying on a prepaid/on arrival visa and 25 AED per day if overstaying on a residence visa. The fines need to be settled before status change application proceed

Receipt of fine paying in country Dubai


Frequently Asked Questions

In the past travel insurance wasn't a mandatory thing to travel and change visas in the UAE. After the covid, UAE authorities asking all travellers to get a travel insurance that cover the covid in case if you became a victim and infected to corona

Yes all UAE single entry prepaid visas has 10 days grace period. On arrival 90 days visa holders & prepaid multiple entry visa holders do not have 10 days grace period.

Dubai visa also an UAE visit visa, issued by Dubai immigration. Visa change without exit is also possible for Dubai issued tourist visas.

The process of getting a tourist visa without exit involves status change, charges of status change remain for 1 & 3 month visa. So better to take a 90 days instead of 30 days. If you are taking 30 days take the extension of your current visa with your current sponsor if you have prepaid visa & if you are on arrival national getting 30 days you can do a oman visa run.

Yes you can, but coming back to UAE will have issues. So please properly complete your cancelation and settle your liabilities and leave. Checkout our guide about UAE visa cancelation

At Arabiers we have out together a guide about the UAE tourist / visit visa extension options with latest updates. During the corona lockdown due to Oman, entries from UAE borders are suspended and airport to airport visa change suspended, so the only safest option is visa change without exit. Also you can go back to your home country or any other country which allows you to enter during this covid,. Also make sure your city is safer and the visitors coming from that cty allowed to UAE

Although a PCR test is mandatory while entering Dubai and being vaccinated can have advantages during your quarantine, there is no specific rule requiring the applicant to do a PCR test or be vaccinated while applying for an extension. Certain rules must be followed by travellers, they are:

  • Having a valid PCR test certificate collected no later than 48 hours before travel to Dubai.
  • Sign an agreement for a 10-day quarantine in-home or hotel starting from the date of arrival in Dubai.(Source: Emirates)
  • When travelling to Abu Dhabi, all safety protocols meted out in Abu Dhabi borders need to be followed although they can extend travel time. (Source Etihad)

After April 29, 2016, GCC resident permit holders should apply for a UAE visa before travelling to the UAE. If a visa extension is needed after entering Dubai, an inside country visa extension procedure can be done without the GCC resident permit holder leaving the UAE.

The border run has been suspended due to the COVID19 outbreak. If you have any questions about the procedure please contact the Oman embassy at +971 4 397 1000 or Oman police & immigration at +968 2 429 0942. You can also extend with a visa change without exit although it can be a bit costly.

Many travellers from the USA have asked this question. Visiting Dubai is not an issue as long as you have a confirmed flight to travel to Dubai as many flights get either rescheduled or cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. You can enter with your on-arrival visa facility or opt for a cheaper alternative than an inside country visa extension; get a prepaid visa before arriving.

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