5 Things That Could Land You A UAE Travel Ban
If you live in the UAE or have it on your travel bucket list, you might wanna read up on the following things to AVOID!
The UAE travel (immigration) ban is a prohibition from entering or re-entering the territory of the UAE, or a prohibition from leaving the country until certain conditions are satisfied. The travel ban supposes an order issued by the UAE authorities to all the state’s border crossings prohibiting the concerned person from entering or leaving the country.
5. Unpaid debts
According to articles (329) and (330) of the UAE Civil Procedures Code, the creditor to which you owe money is actually entitled to request the issuance of a travel ban on you, the debtor. Therefore unabling the debtor from leaving the UAE until their debt is paid.
4. Immigration and Claims
Before travelling to the UAE, The Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi recommends you use their online service called ‘Estafser’, which enables residents to check whether they are requested by the Public Prosecution for any claims against them. They also advise you to check and/or solve any issues that might stop you at the airport immigration counters. And If absolutely necessary, you may request the assistance of a lawyer, or contact the nearest immigration/police office in your area for help.
3. Absconding case
You may have a travel ban placed on you if you fail to show up to work and your employer files an absconding case against you!
According to the UAE Labor Law, if you fail to report to work for seven consecutive working days, the employer has the right to file an absconding case or an Unexpected Work Abandonment (UWA) report against you which can be lifted if your sponsor orders it, or if you prove that the claim is invalid.
2. Not paying your rent on time
If your landlord’s payment notice goes unanswered, or if he files a notice regarding the non-maintenance of the property, they can file a claim with the Rental Dispute Centre resulting in a travel ban.
1. If you’re the guarantor of someone who has a court case against them
If you’re the guarantor for a family member or relative who has a police or court case against them, you will not be able to travel during the guarantor period. In some cases, your passport may be confiscated by the police.
According to Bayut, There are 4 ways to check whether or not a travel ban has been imposed on you:
- You can visit a police station in Dubai to make an in-person inquiry if any criminal complaint has been filed against you
- Call 800-5111 and provide your passport number and other details to the call center agent for them to check your travel ban status.
- Hire a lawyer/attorney to conduct a check on your behalf if you are facing a possible travel ban.
- Check your travel ban status through Dubai Police’s website.