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
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
Forward us the relevant documents through WhatsApp or Email to check and verify the current visa expiry date, passport validity and other details.
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)
The visa application will get submitted and get approved. After approval visa
Status : In echannel/ednrd will show up as ‘Active’
Status will be changed from old visa to new visa.
Status : Upon status change visa status in echannel/ednrd will show up as ‘Used’
Status change gets approved.
You will receive the approved visa copy and status change papers in E-mail or to your WhatsApp.
Arabiers team will send you the immigration system screenshot for last date of the new visa your awareness
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
Extending on arrival visa (once)
Incountry visa change (No exit)
Incountry visa change (No exit)
Incountry visa change (No exit)
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
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
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)
The new statement updated on gov.uk 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.(Source: Gov.uk)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 )
Below we have listed a handful of reasons that can lead you to apply for a UAE visa change without exit.
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.
First, figure out which on arrival category you belong to, the 30-day or 90-day on arrival visa.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mentioned here are certain other methods which can be used to extend your UAE stay.
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.
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 omaneVisa@rop.gov.om. 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Additional fees like ICA fees, electronic payment fees and e-services fees will be collected.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.