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I’m a Dutch Citizen and Traveling to the UK. Will I Be Arrested for Old Debts? – Debby

“Hello,

My situation is as follows:

I have lived in the UK for around 2 years a few years back and when I left I also left a few different debts:

1) around 250 pounds of council tax
2) 175 overdraft at Lloyds
3) I do not know for sure but it might be possible I owe HMRC regarding my company car

I am a dutch citizen.

My question is as follows:

I will be travelling to the UK in a few weeks for an interview and I am very much worried of being arrested at border control at the aiport.

I would like to know what the chances are that I would be arrested, not so much for the commercial debt but for the owed taxes.

Thank you very much in advance for your time and help,

KInd regards,

Debby”

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The Answer

Debby,

Just for owing a few debts, and even for owing taxes alone, you will not be arrested at the airport or anywhere in the UK for that matter. To my knowledge as of this writing, there are no ties or shared information between the UK Border Agency and banks or creditors or even HMRC. So perish that thought.

If you plan on coming back and living in the UK, you may wish to look into getting the debts sorted through a payment plan only as who you owe may begin collection efforts.

Are you currently receiving any collection notices? How long have you been outside the UK?

If you are not receiving any notices and are not in a position to pay back the debts, you may wish to just leave things be, until you are in a position to repay the accounts.

Regards,

Jon

Im a Dutch Citizen and Traveling to the UK. Will I Be Arrested for Old Debts?   DebbyJon Emge is an experienced UK debt advisor who has helped thousands and thousands of people in the UK to deal with problem debt. Jon specialises in finding good solutions for problem debt using a variety of UK specific techniques.

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