UAE Immigration Authorities Clarify Transit Visa Extension Rules
In a recent announcement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) immigration authorities have provided clarity on the extension of transit visas. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP) has confirmed that both types of transit visas, the 48-hour and 96-hour variants, are not extendable or renewable.
The UAE government offers two categories of transit visas to travelers. The first type, which allows for a transit period of 48 hours, is provided free of charge. The second category, allowing for a transit period of 96 hours, comes at a cost of Dhs50 only.
It’s important to note that these transit visas are sponsored exclusively by UAE-based airlines and must be applied for and approved before travelers enter the Emirates.
To be eligible for a transit visa, applicants must meet specific requirements, which include:
- Passport or Travel Document: The passport or travel document must have a minimum validity of three months for the 48-hour transit visa and six months for the 96-hour transit visa.
- Photo: Applicants are required to provide a recent passport-sized photo with a white background.
- Onward Ticket Booking: Travelers must have a confirmed onward ticket booking to a third destination, distinct from the one they are arriving from.
To apply for a transit visa, applicants can visit the official website of the ICP (https://smartservices.icp.gov.ae) or use the ICAUAE smart application. The application process involves providing the necessary details and attaching the required documents. If the visa is approved, an entry permit will be sent to the applicant via email.
It’s worth noting that the transit visa rules apply to both the 48-hour and 96-hour options. Travelers are encouraged to ensure they meet all the specified criteria and submit their applications through the designated channels to obtain the necessary transit visa for their visit to the UAE.
Furthermore, the authorities have made it clear that no additional fees or charges can be imposed by any federal, local, or private entity for transit visas. However, it’s important to be aware that a departure fee of Dhs30 is collected from every passenger passing through UAE airports. Travelers should take this fee into account when planning their travel expenses.
With these clarifications from the UAE immigration authorities, travelers can better navigate the transit visa application process and enjoy their stopover in the UAE with confidence.