UAE Visa, ID Card and ICA Fees And Fines Revisions

Initial decisions to extend visa validity to December 2020 are now altered as a part of new rules and regulations.

Krystien Meyers
July 11, 2020 11:49 PM

The UAE Cabinet has issued amendments to initial decisions made at the break of COVID-19. As things go back to normal in the majority of sectors and in attempts to support the local economy and businesses an official statement was released on Friday (10 July)

"All the decisions related to the residency of expatriates, visas, entry permits and ID cards are stopped with effect from July 11, while the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has been assigned to start collecting the fees due for providing the services from July 12,"

A grace period of three months is granted to Emiratis, GCC citizens and residents in the country to renew their documents. 

Residence and visit visa holders alike are seeking assistance with the process of renewals and extensions. Visa file validity can be checked from the smart services link of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship on,

Residents currently living outside of the UAE 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 Cabinet stated.

"Administrative fees or fines shall be collected after the end of the said deadlines. No fines shall be collected during the exemption period. Administrative fees and fines shall be reactivated on all services provided by the authority from July 12."

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