Vastavam web: Visitors or tourists whose visit visas expired after March 1 may have to shell out overstay fines, starting September 11. An Amer call centre agent said the penalty for overstay is Dh200 for the first day. “The exact fine amount will be calculated by the immigration authorities at the airports. The fines are Dh200 for the first day of overstay, Dh100 each consecutive day, and Dh100 as service fees,” said the agent.
However, whether the calculation of overstay fines is from September 11 or from the exact date when the visitor’s visa expired is yet to be ascertained. “Only immigration authorities will be able to tell how the amount will be calculated, based on visa information,” said the agent.
On July 10, the UAE had announced that “holders of visit or tourist visas that expired after March 1 must leave the UAE within one month from July 11. That is by August 11”. The UAE Cabinet had issued a decision that cancelled all previously issued resolutions related to the residency of expatriates and validity of visas, entry permits and ID cards. The automatic extension of expired visas and IDs until December this year was withdrawn.