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Extend Visit Visa in UAE: Requirements and Cost

If you are visiting the UAE on a tourist visa and want to stay longer, you may be wondering how to extend your entry permit. The process depends on which emirate you are in and who is sponsoring your visa. In this article, we will explain the steps and fees involved in extending your tourist visa online through two different authorities: the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) and the General Directorate of Foreign Affairs Residency – Dubai (GDRFA).

What is a Visit Visa?

A visit visa is a type of entry permit that allows you to visit the UAE for a specific purpose, such as tourism, business, or transit. The duration and eligibility of a visit visa depend on your nationality and the purpose of your visit.

Requirements and Eligibility for visa extension through ICP

ICP is the authority that handles visa extensions for tourists in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The UAE has simplified the process of extending visit visas for family members or friends who are visiting the country.

Visitors who have a visit visa valid for 30, 60, or 90 days can now apply for a 30-day extension on the UAEICP smart app, by paying a fee of Dh750.

The UAEICP app is an official service provided by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security.

Documents and conditions for Visit Visa Extension in UAE

To apply for a 30-day extension of their visit visas, visitors must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be in the UAE at the time of application.
  • They must have a passport that is valid for at least six more months.
  • They must submit the original entry permit and a colored personal photo.
  • Provide any other additional document(s) as required.

Requirements and eligibility for visa extension through GDRFA

If you are a tourist in Dubai and want to stay longer, you need to apply for a visa extension online. GDRFA is the authority that issues and approves visas for Dubai.

How to apply for visa extension

  • To apply for a tourist visa extension in Dubai, you can either use the GDRFA app or website, or visit an AMER website or service center.
  • You will need to fill out some details, attach documents, pay a fee, and wait for confirmation.
  • Parents must apply for their children below 18 years old.

What you need for visa extension

  • To qualify for the visa extension, you need to have a copy of your valid tourist visa.
  • Provide your passport copy with validity of at least six more months.

How Long you can stay after visa Extension

The GDRFA can extend your tourist visa for one or more times, but the total extension period cannot exceed 120 days in total. This applies to both single-entry and multiple-entry tourist visas.

How much it costs for visa extension

The fee depends on whether you are already in the country or not.

The basic fee for the visa extension is Dh600, plus five per cent VAT. This applies to both single-entry and multiple-entry tourist visas.

Additional Fees – (In case the sponsored person is inside the country)

If you are applying for the visa extension and the sponsored person is in the country, you have to pay some extra fees. These are:

  • Knowledge dirham: Dh10
  • Innovation dirham: Dh10
  • Fee inside the country: Dh500

Total Cost

The total amount of the visa may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the sponsored person or for any other reasons that may require that.


Extending your tourist visa in the UAE is possible, but it requires some planning and assistance from a tourism company or office. You also need to pay attention to the different rules and fees for each emirate and authority. By following the steps and guidelines mentioned above, you can enjoy your stay in the UAE without any hassle.

How HHS Lawyers Can Help You Extend Your Visit Visa in the UAE

If you are a tourist in the UAE and you want to extend your stay without leaving the country, you need to apply for a visa extension before your current visa expires. However, the process can be complicated and time-consuming, especially if you are not familiar with the UAE laws and regulations. That’s why you need the help of Top Lawyers in Dubai for Visa Concerns HHS lawyers, one of the best law firms in the UAE.

HHS lawyers in Dubai have over 15+ years of experience in providing legal services to individuals and businesses in the UAE, including visa extension, immigration ban, attestation services, and more. They have a team of qualified and experienced lawyers and legal consultants who can handle your visa extension application efficiently and professionally. Whether you need a single or multiple entry tourist visa, HHS Dubai lawyers can assist you with the required documents, fees, and procedures. They can also advise you on the best visa option for your situation and help you avoid any legal issues or penalties. Don’t risk your visa status or your travel plans. Contact HHS lawyers today and get your visa extension done quickly and easily.


Disclaimer: The information is provided for general guidance and reference purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. The fees, procedures, and requirements for extending visit visas in UAE may change at any time. Readers are advised to consult a professional, or seek legal advice, for the latest updates and information before applying for or extending a visit visa in UAE.

Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.