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Tourists with expired visas given 30 days grace period to leave UAE


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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) Authority said that the tourists or visitors would be given a 30-day grace period to leave the country after August 11.

The authorities said that tourists can change their status to continue their stay in the country.

The amendments were made on visit visas holders whose visa expired after March 1, and that they have time till August 11 to exit the country.

The ICA has advised the individuals to take advantage of the new rule without fines. Most tourists and visitors were not able to leave due to the novel coronavirus.


Brigadier General Khamis Al Kaabi, the official spokesperson for the ICA, said that tourists are welcome to visit country at any time in the future.

The ICA states that:

- As per the last amendments, it has been decided to grant Entry Permits and Visit Visa Holders inside the country.

- A period of one month (30 days) to leave the country.

- The grace period is renewable one time by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

- After which, the Entry Permit or Visit Visa holder need to exit the country.


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On the other hand, the ICA operates smart services platforms that attract around 70 per cent of its customers to complete their transactions, calling on the audience to use the smart services platform in order to preserve their safety and ensure a high-quality service, Al Kaabi said. 

He pointed out that the medical test is a prerequisite and a requirement for renewing the ID cards and the expired residency.

The (ICA), from Sunday (July 12, 2020), started resuming its services to customers based on the Cabinet Resolution issued in this regard. As per the Resolution, ICA started collecting the fees due for the service to ensure work progress and the provision of a high level of service.

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