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September 26, 2021



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Overstay fines can apply to two categories of people in the UAE, those who are ‘residents’ and those who are ‘visitors’ to the UAE.

Overstay fines for UAE residents:

All residents in the UAE are provided with their residence visas for a limited period of time, such as two to three years. Once this time period is reached, the residence visa will expire, and the person is granted a thirty days’ time period to exit the country (‘grace period’), or the visa should be duly renewed. A person may also change their visa status to a visitor visa while staying inside the UAE. While overstays fines do not apply during the grace period but post the expiry of the thirty days’ grace period, an overstay fine of a fine of 125 AED will be charged for the first day and 25 AED for every day from the second day onwards. A fine of 125 AED will be charged for the first day and 25 AED for every day from the second day onwards, which is further increased as follows:

If they overstay after the grace period, they will be fined with

  • AED 125 for the first day
  • AED 25 for each subsequent day.
  • AED 50 per day after six months of overstaying
  • AED 100 per day after one year of overstaying


Overstay fines for UAE visitors:

The overstay fine applicable for visitors who continue to stay in the UAE post the expiry of their visit visa is different than the fine applicable to overstaying residents. The fines imposed on this category is higher than those imposed on residents. A grace period is also provided to this category of visa. However, it is very limited and is for ten days alone and posts this time; fines are applicable per day. The visitor visa may be renewed or changed to a resident visa during this time period. 

If a tourist or a visitor overstays beyond the grace period, he will be fined with

  • AED 200 for the first day of overstay
  • AED100 each consecutive day
  • AED 100, as service fees.


Earlier, a visitor visa holder had to mandatorily exit the UAE in order to change the status from visit to a residence visa. However, now, with the UAE Ministerial Resolution No. 377 of 2014, holders of all types of visas can now modify the status of their entry while staying in the country if they wish to transfer it into a residency visa. This process should still be completed before the expiry of the visa in order to avoid penalties and late fees.

How can the overstay fines be paid: 

You can settle your overstaying fines with the immigration’s offices at any of the entry points such as the airport, land border or seaports. Alternately, you can also pay the fine by visiting any of the Amer service centers in the UAE. 

Overstay fines should be handled carefully, and one must be prudent enough to avoid the same in the first place. However, in the past year, taking into account the immense disruption and uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic, the UAE government had allowed for visa extensions and waiver of overstaying fines for limited-term periods. However, these were temporary measures and should not be understood as permanent waivers. 

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How much my fines for overstay
Thank you for your inquiry.

Thank you for your question. The list of overstay fines has been outlined in the article above. As for your question, it's best to visit the nearest Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MOHRE) office to get the exact amount regarding any overstay fines.

If you need further legal assistance, please feel free to call us at +971 4 355 8000 or Email us at [email protected].   Dr. Hassan Elhais
Hi Sir, this is in regards to my overstay ban which was imposed on me and my husband including my 1 year old son(his ban is liften now). It’s about year 2017. Me , my husband and my one year old son couldn’t exit the country due to my son’s untimely illness.(I have the hospital certificate) We overstayed for about less than 3 months time. Now we want to come back and firm a company as my husband has been into business in Gulf since last 10 years. Please help.
Sadiya Sultan
Thank you for your comments. Immigration fine and lifting of immigration bans resulting from overstay or any other reasons may be subject to the immigration department. Such matters can be followed up with the relevant department to organize a hassle-free return. It is advisable to consult an immigration lawyer to discuss the matter in detail. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  Dr. Hassan Elhais
With visitors visa, has the overstayed fine be reduced from 100 each day? Is the grace period still 10 days visitors visa? What is the full address of the service centers in the UAE.
Austin Peters
Overstay fines are decided by the immigration authority based on your visa status, the circumstances of overstay, and such decision may be subject to review on a case to case basis at the absolute discretion of the authority. It is advisable to contact the immigration department, and should you need legal assistance, please feel free to consult a lawyer handling immigration matters. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please feel free to contact us.

  Dr. Hassan Elhais
My name is Aya Kniho, I have a french passport. I left dubai April 11 2022 because I had an overstay of 3 month and I paid for the penalty and now my file is closed. The question is when can I enter dubai with my french passport as a visit visa? Can I go tomorrow or I need to wait?
Aya Kniho
Entry and exit in the UAE are regulated by the immigration department, and therefore they have the highest discretion in the issuance of visas.

In case you would like to check if there is a travel ban against you, we may do a legal status check to determine this. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Look forward to hearing from you.   Dr. Hassan Elhais
Do i have to put visa again if i want to exit after paying fine of over stay?
Naluwooza Jackie
Immigration fines resulting from overstay will be assessed based on the discretion of the immigration authorities, and each case may be dealt with based on its merits. Therefore, you may need to consult a lawyer specializing in immigration matters. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.   Dr. Hassan Elhais
My resident visa expired before 30 days now i was leaving uae but at time of air ticket my pcr covid 19 test came as positive . Will i get fined for overstay or not till my next negative pcr report? Reply please
Ahmed Ali
Please note, the time limit to renew an expired residence visa is 30 days from the date of expiry. As you have already crossed this time period and at present are unable to exit the country, you may try to obtain a temporary visa to continue to reside in the UAE legally. You may also use the help centre for the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner’s Affairs and receive their guidance and check for exemptions if any.   Dr. Hassan Elhais
I came on visit visa then I paid money to agency to find me a job they delayed and then I have a over stay of 2 months, so now they dragged me out and they confiscated, how do I get help
Namata recheal
Immigration fines resulting from overstay will be assessed based on the discretion of the immigration authorities, and each case may be dealt with based on its merits. Therefore, you may need to consult a lawyer specializing in immigation matters. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Look forward to hearing from you.   Dr. Hassan Elhais
Thank you so much Dr Hassan for helping me out to know everything about the use visa fine I really appreciate.... Before I was nervous about the residential fines in aue especially Abu Dhabi buh now I have understood everything well
Thank you for reading. I'm glad it helped.   Dr. Hassan Elhais
I was overstayed in uae because of covid, I had no money to pay my fright, I was arrested when I was looking for a job, 8 months now in. My country I got a good job in uae bt my visa rejected what can I do
Grace wanja
You can make a mercy request drafted in Arabic asking the immigation to remove the fines and you have to explain all your reasons in that request and submit the request to the immigration.   Dr. Hassan Elhais

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