Overstaying visitors must pay fees for extra days they remain in the UAE after their visa expires. They must also obtain an out pass or leave permit from either the airport or the immigration office at the land borders.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world due to its unique attractions, vibrant culture, and thriving economy. Visitors to the country are required to have a valid visa that permits them to enter and stay for a specific period. However, some visitors may need to extend their stay for various reasons, such as unexpected circumstances or changes in travel plans.
According to a recent report, visitors overstaying in the UAE must pay fines for the number of extra days after visa expiry and need to obtain an out pass or leave permit at the airports or the immigration office at the land borders. The process of obtaining an out pass or leave permit has started a few days ago, and many travel industry experts have confirmed that their clients who overstayed in the country had to acquire the permit by paying a fee of Dh200 to Dh300 before exiting.
Visitors who continue to reside in the country after their visa expiry or after the grace period offered by the emirates are required to obtain an out pass or leave permit. According to a travel industry expert, Dubai visit visa holders get a grace period of 10 days from the date of visa expiry. After the grace period, visitors must obtain an out pass or leave permit to avoid any penalties or legal issues.
An overstaying visitor should also pay fines for the number of days they extended their stay in the country. In the case of Ranjit Routray, an Indian national who was on a two-month visit to the UAE but had to extend his stay for two days due to personal engagements, he had to pay a fine of Dh240 for overstaying and obtaining the leave permit. Visitors who have overstayed their specified period of stay on their visa without obtaining an out pass or leave permit may face additional penalties and legal consequences.
Travel industry experts have advised visitors to be aware of the regulations and requirements related to visas and residency permits while visiting the UAE. Visitors should carefully plan their trip and ensure that they have valid travel documents and visas before entering the country. If visitors need to extend their stay, they should obtain an out pass or leave permit to avoid any issues or legal consequences.
In conclusion, visitors to the UAE should be aware of the regulations related to visas and residency permits and obtain an out pass or leave permit if they need to extend their stay in the country. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in penalties and legal consequences that could affect their future travel plans. Travel industry experts advise visitors to carefully plan their trip and ensure that they have all the necessary documents before entering the country to have a hassle-free and enjoyable visit.
Summary of article by SM Ayaz Zakir, Khaleej Times
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