Visit visa policies amended

15 Dec 22

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

IMPACT — MEDIUM

The Emirati government recently amended its visa policies for foreign nationals applying for a visit visa extension.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals needing to extend their visit visas are now required to leave the country to apply for an extension.
  • Previously, individuals were permitted to stay in the country while they applied for a visit visa extension because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Immigration authorities will now only issue visit visas valid for 30 or 60 days (decreased from 90 days).

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities are once again requiring foreign nationals to leave the country when applying for a visit visa extension. Authorities had temporarily lifted this policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing foreign nationals to stay in the UAE while they applied for an extension; however as the virus situation has improved, authorities determined the policy was no longer needed.

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