The extension applies to resident and tourist visas that expired after March 1…

If your UAE visa has expired recently, then you’re in luck. At a press conference on April 13, Brigadier General Al Kaabi of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship UAE (ICAUAE) announced that residents whose visas expired in early March would receive an extension until the end of December 2020.

The Brigadier General went on to say that UAE visitors who have remained in the country, and whose visas expired in early March, will also have their visit visas extended until end of December 2020.

If your Emirates ID card expired in early March, you’re also set to benefit, with the announcement that the validity will be extended until year’s end.

The ICAUAE confirmed on April 14 that the December extension applies to residents who hold an Emirates ID that was issued in Abu Dhabi.

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A post on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs – Dubai (GDRFAD) Twitter account later that day confirmed that the same extension would apply to residents of Dubai.

Residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi can call 600 522222 for further information. Dubai residents and visitors can call 8005111 from within the UAE or +971 (04) 3139999 from overseas. For details on applying for an exemption from late fines, visit

This article was updated at 6am on April 15 to include the most up-to-date information for Dubai residents.