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Old 5th February 2015, 07:07 AM
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FYI for those of you wanting to rent a car to do the visa run. Someone I know did this the other day and confirmed that the entire time not one person asked to see Oman insurance. Just make it clear you're only going to the Hatta border crossing. They won't blink an eye.

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I agree with the point on insurance, we were never asked once though I had taken it.

A couple of additional points.

1. Don't do the run on a Friday morning, we left Hatta at 09:30 (we stayed over night in Hatta) and didn't get back until about 15:00 (to Hatta not Dubai). We queued for about 2 hours in Oman and approaching 3 hours in UAE, there aren't many seats in either location and the queue setup on the UAE side means you queue out the door so the room isn't even well cooled.

2. There is a Pizza Hut in the Omani border building as well as the shop which was invaluable for others who arrived after us as the queues were only getting worse. The shop takes AED I presume Pizza Hut would as well. There is nothing apart from toilets on the UAE side so stock up.

3. The visa run cost is 50 AED.

4. You do get 10 days leeway as a british passport holder (and I presume for all visa on arrival applicable passport holders), but this is only for a renewal you can't start an application for a residents visa after 30 days.

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Silly question perhaps, but best to check before I go: can I do a visa run at any time of the day?

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yes the border crossing at Al Wajaja (this is the border post near Hatta) is always open but I would suggest avoiding doing it in the dark as sections of the road aren't lit and if you have a wait it could be a lot less comfortable than if you are waiting during the day in terms of personal security. I also think there are more trucks at night.
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Anyone needing to do a visa run this saturday Nov 8th.

I will be renting car for the day for 60 AED plus Petrol costs would be shared.

Let me know if anyone is interested by private message. Thank you.
Hey, I like to know where can you rent a car for 60aed a day??

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Great info. Thanks. I printed the info out... jumped in the car at 2:30pm and was back in Dubai at 5:30pm the other day. I might have a little present in the mail, as I went past a speed camera in the twisties just before the final stop. I noticed an 80 speed sign just after it... not sure if it was only for trucks or cars... if it was for cars, my 50 AED cost will go up somewhat.

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Is it possible to extend the 30day visa without doing Hatta run?

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Is it possible to extend the 30day visa without doing Hatta run?
I think they can be, but it does involve additional costs. However, this needs to be checked depending upon the type of visa you're already on and of course whether the nationality is eligible for the Hatta run visa.

Is this for a 'Western' passport, one that did not require a visa being issued prior to initial entry to the UAE?

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I think they can be, but it does involve additional costs. However, this needs to be checked depending upon the type of visa you're already on and of course whether the nationality is eligible for the Hatta run visa.

Is this for a 'Western' passport, one that did not require a visa being issued prior to initial entry to the UAE?
Yes, it's for the Western passport which do not require visa prior travelling. I read somewhere it costs around AED 500 to extend tourist 30day visa to another 30day period but then I read this and I am not sure whether extensions are allowed.

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Yes, it's for the Western passport which do not require visa prior travelling. I read somewhere it costs around AED 500 to extend tourist 30day visa to another 30day period but then I read this and I am not sure whether extensions are allowed.
I think you'll find that the article in question is in relation to Tourist Visas for nationals who need to apply for one in advance of arriving in the UAE.

For all the hassle of going to the Immigration Departments, justifying the need for a visa extension and then paying for the privilege surely it would be easier to jump in the car and do the whole Hatta run in around 5 hours. Some countries don't even need to pay for the Oman visa (certainly it is payable for UK nationals at 5 OMR or 50 AED each).

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