How Does UAE Tourist Visa Extension Work?


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The UAE is full of tourist attractions, exquisite natural and historical sites, multiple man-made wonders, and more. Every year, the UAE draws a large number of tourists, who may find it difficult to have enough of its beauty and cover even the major sites.

If you are visiting the UAE, it is crucial to have all your tourist visa formalities covered. The same applies to UAE visit visa extensions, as you would be required to complete a few procedures if you wish to extend your stay beyond the original validity period to explore more.

Let’s go through the article below to find out how to apply for a UAE tourist visa extension, the associated fees, things to keep in mind, and all the major aspects.

What is the UAE Tourist Visa Extension?

As indicated by the name, UAE tourist visa extension simply refers to the extension of the validity of your visa. The UAE has now relaxed the visa extension policy and allows travellers to extend their visas twice inside the UAE without exiting the country. The new rules to the UAE visa system grant people on a visit or tourist visa a 30-day extension.

1. Documents Required for Visa Extension

You may be asked to present the following documents to apply for UAE tourist visa extension –

  • Copy of your passport
  • Passport-sized photographs
  • Copy of your tourist visa

How to Apply for the UAE Tourist Visa Extension?

You can choose from any of the following options to apply for an extension of your UAE tourist visa –

1. Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP)

Once you are on the official ICP website to apply for the UAE tourist visa extension, you would be required to follow the given steps –

  • Head to their smart services page and find the relevant option for the extension of visa
  • You will have to choose one out of the three options to enter your tourist visa information –
    • Passport details
    • Visa file number
    • Unified number or UID
  • Complete the payment
  • On approval, you will receive the extended visa through an email notification

2. Amer Centre

If your visa was issued in Dubai, you could visit an Amer centre to have your visa extension request processed there. For this, take a copy of your original visa and your passport when you visit a centre in Dubai. Your application will be processed once you make the payment.

3. Travel Agency

You can also apply for a tourist visa extension through an authorised travel and tourism agency in the UAE.

4. Typing Centre

Several typing centres in the UAE are registered to process visa applications. You can visit one of the authorised typing centres in your locality to apply for an extension.

UAE Visit Visa Extension Cost

Check out the table below to find the general UAE tourist visa extension fees –

Duration   Charges  
30 days extension   AED 300 to AED 900  
90 days extension   AED 400 to AED 1,200

Please note that a fine of AED 100 (per day) would be applicable for staying beyond the validity of your visa without approval.

General UAE Visa Extension Rules 2022

  • Individuals whose visas were revoked by their sponsors or employers in the country now have the option of changing their visas inside the UAE without leaving the country to obtain a new tourist visa.
  • Individuals extending their visit or UAE tourist visa without exiting the country must apply for travel insurance. With the new regulations, travel insurance plans covering COVID-19 are easily available in the UAE.

Let’s check out some frequently asked questions related to UAE tourist visa extension below –


Q1. Can a UAE visa be extended?

Ans: Yes, the UAE Government now allows travellers to extend their UAE visas up to 2 times without leaving the country.

Q2. How many times can you extend the tourist visa in UAE?

Ans: Travellers can extend their UAE tourist visas up to 2 times without leaving the country. The maximum extension period is 60 days (30 days each).

Q3. How soon can I apply for my travel visa extension?

Ans: You should apply for a visa extension at least 5 days before your stay period ends.

Q4. How long can I stay after my UAE Tourist Visa expires?

Ans: Visitors who do not extend or renew their UAE tourist visa will have to pay AED 100 as a fine for each day they overstay (calculated 10 days after the visa expires).

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