If your relatives or your friends want to extend their 30 days tourist visa in the Abu Dhabi Emirate they have 2 options. You can go to the Residency & Expatriates Affairs office and pay 700 AED or You can do an Oman Visa Run and pay 35 AED upon UAE exit plus 5 Omani Riyals (48 AED) upon Oman entry. Oman exit and UAE entry is free of charge.
I chose to do the Oman visa run from Al Ain (eastearn part of Abu Dhabi Emirate) through Mezyad Border for my mother-in-law. Not only is it cheaper, but you can repeat this process without restrictions.
I have started the trip at 5:30 AM (from Ruwais) and have reached the Mezyad border at almost 9 AM. The road is (on average) smooth and clear. Before getting to the destination you will pass a (mountain) rocky areas and a few camel farms.
Kindly remember to keep any papers that you are given at control points, you will need to present them later. Also, make sure your passports are valid for more than 6 months when you are doing the visa run.
1. Before paying the exit UAE fee (35 AED / person) you will cross 2 check points. Upon payment you will receive UAE exit stamp.
2. After reaching the Hafeet border in Oman, you will complete a form and pay 5 Omani Riyal using your credit card or cash. Upon payment you will receive Sultanate of Oman entry/exit stamp.
While it is recommended to have proof of Oman coverage of your car insurance, the border police man told me that it is not needed if i am only doing a visa change.
3. You exit Oman border and go back to UAE border. Go the entry visa office to get the new 30 days Tourist Visa. Exit the border point and drive back home.
I have finished all of these border crossings in one hour. I have have reached back in Ruwais at 01:30 PM. Going and coming back is a 700 km drive so make sure your car is in top condition.
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PS. If you don t have a car, you can take the bus to Al Ain and from there you can arrange with mr. Rob Tyler to take you through the border and back.
PS#2. Contact Oman Embassy in UAE :
Phone +971 (2) 446-3333 : Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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