Coronavirus update: info for valid UAE residence visa holders
July 21, 2020
Latest update on the GDRFA requirements on visa status post Covid-19.
What happens if you have a residence visa and are currently overseas and the duration of your stay abroad has crossed 180 days?
Initially, people with a valid UAE residency visa and/or entry permit, who were in the country or those stranded abroad, will automatically have their visa or entry permit validity extended until December 31, 2020, if their visas expired after March 1, 2020.
However, the above decision has been changed and the new information as per the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA) is as follows:
- For Inside country: All expired visas after 01-03-2020 are given a 3 month / 90 days grace period from 12-07-2020 for renewal without penalty.
- For those outside country and with a valid residence visa which expired after 01-03-2020, once arrived to the UAE, is granted one month only for visa renewal without penalty. Please note the visa will remain extended till the end of December but this depends on when the visa holder's country of residency and UAE allow for flights between their countries / borders between both countries should be open in order for the visa holder to proceed with the renewal.
As per the GDRFA notification, our understanding is as follows:
Holders of Residency visas which expired in March or April 2020, have to travel to the UAE as soon as possible to ensure that their visa doesn't get cancelled.
Holders of Residency visas which expired in May 2020, have to travel to the UAE before the 11th of August 2020 to avoid visa cancellation or penalties.
Holders of Residency visas which expired in June or till 11th of July 2020, have to travel to the UAE before the 10th of September 2020 to avoid visa cancellation or penalties.
For more information, feel free to contact us.