UAE amends visa rules; to collect fees for renewal from Sunday
Dubai: The UAE cabinet on Friday approved certain amendments to the decisions issued recently in the identity and nationality sector. It cancelled its previous decision on the validity of visas and entry permits for those inside the country from March 1, 2020, until the end of December of this year.
The leniencies relating to visas and ID cards, granted in view of Covid pandemic, will end on July 11 and the new amendments will come into effect. Fixed fees will be collected for various services including renewal of visas. The decision was taken in view of normalcy returning in the country.
However, a grace period of three months is granted to the Emiratis, GCC citizens and residents in the country for renewal of their documents.
A one-month time is granted to those who spent less than six months outside the country, effective from the date of re-entry, for renewal of documents.
The UAE cabinet issued a number of amendments to the decisions issued recently in the identity and nationality sector#إقامة_دبي#الاستعداد_للخمسين#إقامة_دبي_مستعدة#gdrfadubai pic.twitter.com/8IyNYjS6rZ— GDRFA DUBAI إقامة دبي (@GDRFADUBAI) July 10, 2020
“The residents who are staying outside the country and whose residency visas expired as of March 1, 2020, or who have exceeded a period of six months outside the country, are granted a grace period to return to the country, effective from the date of the opening of the airspace between the two countries as per a specific schedule to be determined by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship,” the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai, UAE tweeted.
It also said that administrative fees or fines will be reactivated on all services by the authority from July 12 and would be collected after the said deadlines.