How To Change Visit Visa Status Without Exiting The UAE? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

As per the GDRFA website, you will need a sponsor in order to extend your UAE visit visa. The sponsor can be an organisation, a UAE resident (family or friend), tourist company, airlines or any other organisation based in the country. Tourist and visit visas in the UAE can now be extended without the person exiting the country. Individuals with a tourist or visit visa can reach out to the travel agency in the emirate, where the visa was issued. However, this must be done three to five working days before your visa is about to expire.

Tourist agencies will then receive the required documents online, and process the payment digitally before changing the status of the visa. Individuals can apply for a 30-day or a 90-day visa. The cost will depend on the validity of your visa as well as the emirate that you are applying from.

What Are The Documents Required For Processing The Visa Change?
Copy of passport, which should be valid for at least six months
Passport size photograph
Copy of old or cancelled tourist visa
Travellers who have entered the UAE using the ‘visa on arrival’ facility, would only require Passport copy and photograph
In case of visas applied by a relative or friend, a copy of their residence visa page is required.

What Is The Cost For Processing The Visa Change?
The cost of the visa varies depending on the emirate you are applying from. In fact, the cost might also vary slightly from one tourist agency to another. Individuals can apply for the new visa as many times as they wish.

Cost For Visa Change In Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain & Fujairah
Tourist visa with one month validity – AED 1,100

Tourist visa with three months validity – AED 1,450

Cost For Visa Change In Dubai
Tourist visa with one month validity – AED 1,800

Tourist visa with three months validity – AED 2,100

How Long Does The Process Take?
The whole process take about three to four working days. In urgent cases, an additional cost will be added for the faster processing.