Expired tourist, visit visas validity extended

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Validity of expired tourist, visit visas extended

The UAE News web report: The validity of expired one-month and three-month visas has been extended until March 31, therefore, the holders of expired visas can stay in the UAE until the end of March and there will be no fine, sources confirmed on Sunday.

Additionally, travel agents have also confirmed that the validity of Dubai visas they applied for on behalf of their clients have been automatically extended to March 31. Several tourists, upon checking their e-visa status online, also found that their visas have been automatically extended.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had on December 27 announced a free one-month visa extension to all tourists. It came when several countries, especially in Europe, imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement and air travel over a new, more infectious Covid-19 strain.

Indian and Pakistani diplomatic missions in UAE have also confirmed the reports.

“The Ministry has the honour to convey the decision of the Government of the United Arab Emirates to extend the validity of the foreigners who came to the UAE on tourist visas and whose visas and entry permits have expired before December 28, 2020. Their visas will now be valid till March 31, 2021, without any charge,” read the circular the Indian Embassy received.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi also issued a press release which stated that the validity of all visit visas/ entry permits issued before December 28 has been extended till March 31. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com

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