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UAE visa fine waivers: All Indian expats need to know

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on July 24, 2020 | Last updated on July 24, 2020 at 06.19 am
india, uae visa fine waiver, covid-19

(KT file)

We hope that this will address a number of queries on visa fine waiver: Indian Consulate.

Indian missions in UAE have responded to their citizens' frequently asked questions regarding the recent visa fine waiver scheme announced by UAE.

Q: My resident/employment visa expired before March 1 and my company is not renewing my visa or the sponsor is not responding. What should I do?

A: You should send your details and copy of passport and visa at ca.abudhabi@mea.gov.in (for Abu Dhabi cases) and at cons2.dubai@mea.gov.in (for Dubai and Northern Emirates cases). We will send these details to UAE authorities who will process for visa fines waiver. Once the visa fine waiver is approved by the UAE authorities, you will be intimated about it and you can leave the country thereafter but before August 17.

Q: My visit/entry permit visa expired before March 1. What should I do?

A: The visa fine waiver is applicable for both visit visa as well as resident visas expired before March 1. You are advised to send your details, copy of passport and visa at ca.abudhabi@mea.gov.in (for Abu Dhabi cases) and at cons2.dubai@mea.gov.in (for Dubai and Northern Emirates cases). We will send these details to the UAE authorities who will process for visa fine waiver. Once visa fine waiver is approved by the UAE authorities, you will be intimated about waiver of fines and you can leave the country, but before August 17.

Q: I don't have a passport and want to apply for Emergency Certificate (EC). I entered before March 1 or my visa expired before March 1. What will be the process?

A: In case you are not in possession of a valid passport, it is advisable to apply for EC from embassy/consulate at the earliest. Please ensure that you have a copy of the first information report (FIR) of loss of passport, which is required by the airport immigration.

Q: My resident/visit visa expired before March 1. I have already booked a ticket in the next two-three days to go back to India. Can I get visa fine waiver?

Answer: In order to avail visa fine waiver, you are required to send details to embassy or consulate, which will forward it to the UAE authorities for approval which will take five to six working days. Again, approval of visa fine waiver is prerogative of the UAE authorities. It is entirely your choice. You want to continue your travel plan and pay the fine and go back to India or reschedule your travel and apply for a visa fine waiver.

Q: Will there be an entry ban on cases for visa expired before or after March 1 or in case I travel on EC?

A: As per our understanding, there will not be any re-entry ban to UAE from India on all such cases whose visa fine waiver was approved by the UAE authorities or who leave the country after payment of residence visa violations.

Q: I came on visit visa and my visa expired after March 1. Can I leave the country without payment of fines?

A: There will be no fine if you are able to leave the country before August 10

Q: My resident visa/employment visa /dependent visa etc got expired after March 1. My company is not renewing my visa or sponsor not reachable. What should I do?

A: The waiver was applicable until July 11 for these cases. All resident visa expiry cases should be regularised before October 10. However, resident visa holders are required to complete documentation at the earliest possible.

In case, you are not able to renew your visa after July 10 and leave the country after that, you are liable to pay a penalty of overstaying from July 11 until the date of your actual departure from the country (before August 11) after adjusting expiry of grace period of 30 days.

For example, your resident/employment visa expired on May 25. You intend to travel on August 1 without renewing your existing residence visa. You are liable to pay a penalty for the period June 24 to August 1. (30 days grace period from May 25).
If you leave within the grace period of 30 days after expiry of your existing visa, there will be no fines. However, this will not apply after August 17.

Q: I have been told that I have to leave after I am informed about my visa fine waiver? Will I be able to get flights?

A: There is a lot of Vande Bharat Mission flights and chartered flights operating between the UAE and India. If any person facing problem in getting tickets, they should write back to us at ca.abudhabi@mea.gov.in or cons2.dubai@mea.gov.in to enable us to help you in getting tickets at the earliest, before August 17.


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