Coronavirus: UAE waives fines for visa violators, 3-month grace period from May 18

General view of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (File photo: Reuters)

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates confirmed that all visa violators will be exempted from paying fines on their expired enter or residency permits that expired before March 1, according to a new order issued by the country’s president.

The presidential order also includes full waivers to people with expired visas willing to leave the country after May 18, extended to three months after.

The confirmation was made by Brigadier Khamis al-Kaabi, spokesperson of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, during the daily press briefing on the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)

People wearing protective face masks wait to be tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)

“The decision includes exemption from all fines related to ID cards and expired work permits incurred by beneficiaries,” al-Kaabi said.

The new order would also not affect those who wish to return to the country in the future, provided they meet the requirements and take advantage of the departure period stipulated.

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