UAE Visit Visas: Overstaying Even a Day could Land You in Trouble
Visiting the UAE is fun, but now, it comes with a fair warning – tourists on visiting visas should not overstay, not even for a day, as that may land you in trouble. You will be blacklisted or charged with absconding, so be cautious, says travel agents. Here are the consequences.
- Once you are blacklisted, you will be banned from entering the UAE and other GCC countries.
- The agents have the authority to report you as absconding and once this is done, you will have to go through a long process to exit the country, or could even get arrested.
So, it is only wise to exit the country as soon as possible when your visiting visa expires.
Visitors who enter the UAE on a 30- or 60-days visiting visa will be sponsored by the travel agent. Once you fail to exit the country upon visa expiry, the travel agent marks you absconding or else they will have to lose money or even get blocked in the visa application portal for your overstay.
The minimum penalty for absconding is AED 2,000 which increases daily and the agent will have to pay this fine, which they will eventually retrieve from the visitor. Absconding is a criminal offence in the UAE and you might get arrested by the police if a case is charged against you. You will even get deported at the airport if the visa status shows ‘expired’. The visitor will have to get in touch with the agent, pay the fine and only then will the absconding case be withdrawn and they could exit the country.
Since the overstay could affect the travel agent as well, they ask the visitors to keep a reminder on your phone or any other device in order to avoid overstay. Forgetting the visa deadline is not a valid reason and it could only lead you in trouble. So always be alert and save yourself from being blacklisted.