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Hi all

This thread is the new and updated thread for UAE expats who have questions about visa runs. Expats going on visa runs and looking for other expats to join to split costs evenly can also use this thead to announce trips. The rules of using this thread and a guide to doing the visa run (via Hatta/Oman) are below. Thanks to dizzyizzy for the rules from the original thread and K0sh for kindly updating and editing my old guide to the visa run.

The rules of this thread:

1. DO NOT POST YOUR CONTACT DETAILS FOR EVERYONE TO SEE! This includes names, phone numbers and email addresses. Your details will get deleted and you will get an infraction too. This is for your own safety. Use the private message facility instead.

2. Use this thread at your own risk. Stay safe and be careful who you are joining or letting join you for a visa run.

3. This thread is not for people to make money out of visa runs. You are expected to disclose the full cost of the trip in advance and split the costs evenly.

4. Do not use this thread to do business. Private drivers or individuals offering visa runs and people touting for business in general will get an immediate ban from the forum as per the forum rules.

5. Only regular forum members are allowed to post here (those with 5 USEFUL posts or more).

The Dubai Visa run (accurate as of October 2014)

The border run should take around 4-5 hours in total. Things you need to take:
1. Passport !!
2. Cash - it's usually 50AED in Oman for the visa stamp there but I have read it can vary so take a couple of hundred just in case - they accept UAE or Oman currency. Petrols stations accept both as well and 10 dihrams is pretty much equal to 1 Omani rial.
3. A pen - (you have to fill out an immigration form at the Oman visa office which are on a table to the right of the visa counters
4. Car insurance for Oman – This is a maybe. I was not asked for this and neither were my friends that did this trip recently. If you have a rental/lease car check with the company that it is insured for Oman. If not you'll need to get insurance for the one day (Hertz charge 100 AED for the day).
5. Pocket anti-bacterial hand wash - the toilets in the Oman visa office are fine and usually have handwash, but the toilets in all the petrol stations on the way are generally minging!

Summary of the process

Most people call it the Hatta border/visa run as you need to head for Hatta and the offices are just past Hatta and over the border into Oman. You need to drive towards Hatta along the E44 during which you get different check points and have to get your exit visa from the UAE, entry and exit from Oman, and then a new entry visa from UAE on the way back in.

Before you go have a look at the location of the Oman visa office on Google maps and familiarise yourself with the journey
1. http://tinyurl.com/pzs98gs - This is the border crossing where you get your car slip
2. http://tinyurl.com/omv9bru - This is called the Al Wajaja Border Post and about two km further on and where you get the entry and exit stamps. You can turn back from the car park!

This is the furthest point in your journey and from there you turn back into the UAE.

I have also uploaded the full guide below to Dropbox in Word and PDF format (thanks to K0sh) as they're easier to print off, plus they can then be modified if anything changes. The link is -
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6vy22rmlqlwkmog/AAB-Wqv86oZCYPSvnlly7Utga?dl=0

Instructions

1. Set the satnav for Hatta and head off, making sure you get on to the E44 and stay on that road.
2. You'll go through a town call Al Madam where there is a large roundabout after a long stretch of shops along both sides. Take the exit to continue along the E44
3. You will get to the first check point. You just need to show your passport here and drive on.
- Keep driving along the E44.
4. You will get to a roundabout for the town of Hatta (Hatta is on the right, the Hatta Fort Hotel on the left). Do not take the first exit into Hatta, take the second exit and continue along the E44 until you get to another (2nd) checkpoint. Carry on through
5. The next (old) checkpoint is now for truck drivers only and looks like a motley collection of huts, drive past.
6. One km ahead is where the new (third and final) checkpoint is and where you get your UAE exit stamp. Check that your passport has the exit stamp before leaving (just to be sure!)
7. In a few more miles you will get to an Omani checkpoint where they check your car. You may need to show your car insurance document here. You should be given a little piece of paper for the car - keep this with your passport as you need to get it stamped when you get to the Oman visa office.
8. Continue driving for a few more miles, you will get to the Oman Al Wajaja border control office, a large modern building with a dome roof (pictured below).
9. Pull into the car park on the left where it says new visas, park up and walk into the building. You may need to complete an immigration form (they're on a desk on the right hand side, pick some more up for next time to do at home), and just go to one of the visa windows and say you're doing a visa run and going back to the UAE. They will give you an entry stamp into Oman and an exit stamp as well. You also need to get the piece of paper the man gave you at the previous checkpoint stamped. You'll need to pay a charge (usually 50AED). Check that the passport does have an entry and exit stamp (again, just to be sure!)
10. Get back into the car, save your location as a favourite in your satnav (for next time!) and head back to the UAE along the E44.No need to go through the car checkpoints (just turn left out of the road you're looking at when you parked up on the left).
11. When you get to the first check Omani point you'll need to give back the piece of paper for the car to the man at the window there to continue on
12. Continue back along the E44 to where you got the UAE exit stamp. Stay in the left lane (the others are for nationals just going through) and park up on the right of the big building and go through to “Arrivals”. Do not queue to go to the car checkpoints. In there you will get your passport stamped with a new 30 day tourist visa. They should also give you a slip of paper with the number of passengers in your car on.
13. Get back in to the car, check that you have the correct visa entry stamp in your passport (!) and head off, continuing back towards Dubai. Before you exit the area you will have to drive past a lone hut with a window and barrier and give the man the piece of paper you've just been given.
14. That's it! Just set the satnav for home and you've got another 30 days in the UAE!

Additional notes
- As you cross into Oman and back into UAE a few times you'll get a few texts from your phone provider welcoming you to Oman/back to UAE. I'm not sure how this affects your data usage, but it might be worth disabling mobile data roaming before you cross the borders in case they do charge silly prices abroad.
- Keep an eye on road speed limits. Most are 120 but some are 100. There are a lot of speed cameras along the way, but I have been told that you get around 20km/h grace. There is a shop at the Oman border office that sells drinks and snacks and their prices seem reasonable.
- I go from the Palm Jumeriah and I actually prefer the driving down towards Jebel Ali and along the E77 until that hits the E44, just because it's a quieter road than that first part of the E44 out of Dubai. Either way is fine though.

Your destination - Al Wajaja Border control Oman
 

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This is a very good and comprehensive guide. The ones on Max Lyth site and some other blogs are outdated and misleading a lot of people doing visa runs nowadays.

People talk of new laws and new rules. Actually many of these were just heresay and rumours. The only new rules that were introduced do not apply to EU nationalities. Everything is much the same as it has been for last 4 years or so.
 

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Thanks for the new thread. Does anyone know for sure weather the 10 day grace period for people who have a 30 day visa on arrival is still available?
I have a German passport and went on many visa runs last year-always on day 39 or so. Never a problem.

Now someone told me there is no more grace period of 10 days. Or is it under discretion of the visa officer? I called Immigration. They said the 10 day grace period is still there, however if you stay 41 days instead of 40 ,you will be fined from the 30th day onwards..so a fine for 11 days instead of 1.

I don't trust any information in this country, since it seems like nobody ever knows for sure.

SO my problem is that my flight leaves on day 41 and I need to go on a visa run either tomorow or the next day (still within the grace period) , to hopeuflly renew my visa.

Does anyone have RECENT experience with the 10 day grace period?

ALso there are buses going from near al Rigga station. at 7am and 3pm each day. the earlier bus is better, since you will be back faster than at night time. One company charges aed 40 and the other aed 90 for the round trip.

ok if anyone has information please let me know :)
 

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thanks

I did the run on day 35 the other week and had no problems
Thanks I am so relieved. Always someone spreading rumors. GRRR and I blame Lufthansa, cause all the flights for my specific day were available and had many seats. Then Lufthansa went on strike and suddenly all flights were booked out and I had to take one on "day 41". NOW all those flights have seats again.

Well I shall go on a small run to Oman then !
 

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Ignore the rumours.

The accurate answer that if you are on a visit visa(which is the same thing as a tourist visa) from one of the 43 nationalities listed here: Go Tours Dubai then you have a grace period of 10 days.
However the common mistake most expats make is in the miscalculation of the days they have stayed.
The government system counts the day that you receive the stamp as day 1, so its more accurate to think of it as 30+9days grace.
Over stay fine has been increased to 300AED from 200AED for the 40th day in UAE and 100AED each day after.
There is no grace period if your visa was an employment visa and you were given 30days stay following its cancellation.
 

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Visa Run This Saturday

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.
 

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Hi Kelly, I am planning to do a visa run Nov 8th Saturday if you havent already and would like to join and split the costs for car rental and petrol. I will be renting a car for 60 AED . . . Pls PM if you are interested. Thanks . . .
 

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I'm on day 30 of my visit visa and need to do a visa run. I have a car and my insurance is good in Oman. I am working from home on a start up, so I can go during the week, or I'll go the 14th or 15th. Let me know if anyone wants to ride along. I have a Hyundai Tucson
 

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Done the visa run today and was just as described in the OP thanks so much for the detail, it took 4 hours all up door to door.

We used the app 'Waze' on the cell phone to get from A-B and it also had the added advantage of letting me know where all the speed cameras were (which was v.handy)

Well worth installing this if you tend to have a bit of a lead foot or your not eagle eyed, some of the cameras are just posts so a tad hidden.

Small note though...it works off cell phone data so only install and use if your not fussed on the usage.
 

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I made the visa run today. I was over by 4 days, but it wasn't a problem. A few things to note:

1) if you have a huge passport with lots of stamps, find your most recent entry page before you leave and mark it with a tape flag or sticky. I didn't do that, and at the first check point, which is after Al Madam, I was requested to pull over. It wasn't hard to sort out, but I delayed myself and everyone behind me in line

2) The speed limit is 120 km/hr most of the way, but there are so many roundabouts. At one that is about 30 km out of Dubai, as you are following E44, you have a choice to go towards DWC or towards E77 "Hatta, Oman". I took E77 towards Hatta. I was confused, but shortly, I saw another sign that I was still on E44

3) at the first check point, they asked why I was going to Oman. I said for a visa run. At the second check point, they asked where I was going, I said, to the border

4) After getting the Dubai exit stamp, there is a car check point for Oman. Most people had to open their car trunk. Obviously, make sure you don't have alcohol or anything in your car. They give you a piece of paper here, it needs to be stamped at Oman immigration

5) I accidentally went through the Oman border in my car, rather than stopping ahead of it and parking. They ask you to park, but you're on the Oman side of the border. Regardless, if you do that, go in and get your entry and exit stamps, then DO NOT wait in the car queue going back into Oman. I saw some Westerners getting into this line, you don't have to. You do have to give back that piece of paper, you will see the hut for that.

6) after going in to get my UAE entry, again, you don't queue up in any lines of cars. That (other) little slip of paper that you turn in isn't really at a lone hut. There are several huts, all closed, a Duty Free Shop, and then the lone hut where you turn in the paper.

7) the UAE side checkpoints on the way home do require that you queue up again. At the first, they waved me through. At the second, the guy asked for my passport. He then had the same problem trying to find my new entry stamp, so he just asked me if I had gone to the border.

It was 144 km from Media City, and 110 km back to Mirdif. It took about 3.5 hrs, and I drove home in the dark. The coordinates my satnav gave for the Oman visa center were N 24.8005304 E 56.1163974 I have car insurance for Oman but it was never requested.

I went with a friend to Musandam for a visa run once and that's a pretty drive. You won't find any queues and it is much less complicated. It's kind of cool because you end up at the Strait of Hormuz and are looking across at Iran. That's such a strategic point in the world. My friend had a rental car at the time and was required to pay 150 aed for insurance. I would only recommend this if you have a whole day.
 

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VISA RUN - Hatta, Oman

Hello,
Does anyone need to do a visa run in next couple of days? Chilled California finance guy stayed longer than I thought. Let me know.
Dan
 

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@Californio I would be interested if the offer is still valid. Since tomorrow is my last day of visit visa I'm really tight on time. Sharing expenses ofcourse, very outgoing so don't be afraid that it would be a boring ride :)

But really, if anyone is doing the run tomorrow - I'm in!
 

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Visa Run 24th November 2014

I'm doing this run tomorrow. Have my own car and fancied a bit of company and to help others out for a change.

Message me if you wanted to come along.
 

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I got a job offer and he took my documents in Abu Dhabi. He told me that he is going to start applying my visa. Should I believe him or not because there is no written proof that he really applied for my visa or not. Also how much time required for visa to be converted?
 
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