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Will I Get Caught at the Dubai Border For My Past Bad Debts? – Aman

Aman

“Dear Steve,

I was running a company in dubai in a partnership and the partner who cheated me and flew with the money in 2004 the cheques issued under my signatory in 2004. When I realised that I would get in trouble because of this situation I ran off from dubai and came back to india. Now I have an employment offer from dubai government and I would be flying to dubai after 5 years. I wanna know will I get caught at the dubai airport? Am i gonna have any problems ? the thing is the signature on cheque and signature on my passport is not same can i say them that its not my cheque.

I would be thankful to you if you could advice me whether to travel to dubai or not.
Kind Regards,

Aman.”

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Dear Aman,

I think the only safe approach is for you to hire an attorney in Dubai to check the criminal complaints and see if one was filed against you. The attorney can better advise you what to expect next.

Please update me on your progress by posting updates here in the comments section of your question. I’m very interested in how this works out for you.

Big Hug!

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  • Kumar

    Hi I left Dubai 2 years ago with outstanding debts which I am not in a position to pay right now. My wife is travelling to another country and will have a layover in Dubai.. Would she be affected by any of my cases if any

  • Sophia

    Hello Steve,

    I left dubai 5 yrs ago w/ a cc debt and me and my husband was planning a trip and we already purchased the tickets come to realize we are transiting abu dhabi going to our final destination. Will they catch me even transit? And btw my name and passport was changed already due to marriage. Is it possible that they will catch me even transit?

    Thanks,

    Cline

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Other have reported no problem transferring flight in Dubai.

  • ahmed

    Hi can anyone advice me, i have visited to dubai on business 10 Yrs before and now i planning to go there with another new passport name and id details are different, will it be a problem? thanks in advance.

  • manu

    hi steve, im using 2 credit cards and i should pay back total 18,000AED.im using this cards for last 3 years and paid min balance every month. now im planning to cancel my visa and go back to india.

    my qstn is whether i’ll be stopped at the airport for leaving the country without paying the money in full??

  • James

    Hi Steve,

    You are quite knowledgeable on this subject. Commendable!

    If a family member (Mr. X) is wanted in UAE for financial fraud (bounced cheques / bad debt), can their immediate family members (Parents or Siblings) travel to UAE for visit or employment. Will they be held accountable for Mr. X’s fraud, as I understand that UAE authorities can identify a sibling by fathers name?

    Thanks.

    James

  • jam

    Hi,

    I hope anyone can give me a piece of advise. I have a credit card from Mashreq bank which has aed 6000 limit. I haven’t paid it since I lost my job 2 years now. I am willing to settle the above amount but I don’t know where to start.

  • Nayim

    Hi , I left Dubai in 2008 having canceled my visa shipped my goods out but left debt totaling AED 200k. I have no reason to go back to Dubai. The banks chaces me in the UK but what can they do?

    • Career545

      Hi nayim,dont worry they cant do anything aginst u accept UAE,but just they will ask for the payment anywhere

  • anees

    dear steve  i have a complaint in dubai some bank loan  but i cam from by  oman   am nt exited in dubai emigration but nw am in india nw i want to go uae  with same passport but passport number is different  , is there any prb  , they too my eye scan on airport when i entered uae , on visit, nw again i want to go by visit …..plz help me

  • Erum319_57

    Dear, in my last visit, i hand-over myself to UAE police for illegal entry in UAE. They issue new exist passport & capture my eyes print. Now I want to go UAE on Legal Visa. Please help me in this matter.

  • may

    Dear Steve,
    My husband works in Dubai and has a contract of 2years, but after a month he resigned because of maltreatment from the management and they are making him pay 5905dirhams or else they are going to hold him. Is there a way for him to lower his fine? Thank you

    may

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      I’m not aware of any. He’d have to either negotiate that with the employer, talk to a Dubai government official for assistance, or talk to a local lawyer.

      • Ali.ind

        Hi Steve, I was working in UAE for 5years and left during 2007 with a small credit card OS of dhs1000 and a personal loan amount of dhs 36000 for which i had kept dhs 37000 in my account itself while coming back to india. Now after 5years, the bank has called me again yesterday and informed me that even after taking the full amount from my account of dhs 37000 the interest rate is still OS and the unpaid credit card interest has added upto dhs17000 now and they are demanding for me to pay dhs 35000 to settle the account or else i will be arrested. I have tried to speak to the bank manager in dubai to negotiate n reduce the interest rate and allow me to pay only the pending principle amount of dhs 7000 but they are refusing to do so. kindly advice me as to how can I settle this without paying a whooping interest of 35000dhs which is not my fault.

  • Swathi

    Dear Steve & Anu…
    Please reply me on this, It was 12 years am struggling to know the exact situation, now I got this web site… So please suggest me so that I will take some appropriate decision. Am waiting for your valuable reply. Just imagine no one since 12 years had given a right answer to me. I believe I could get a right advise from you guys. 

  • Swathi

    Dear all advisers, 
    I left Dubai in 2000 without paying my Etisalat land line telephone bill, and my visa was not cancelled, i do not know whether my company has cancelled it after my departure. And I was never eye scanned or taken my finger prints in dubai airport. Now, can I reenter dubai without any problem and once entered I wanted to pay back the bill. And my passport was renewed for 2 times, so there will be no old number (2000 passport number) will be indicated  in my current passport. So can I re enter dubai 

  • Ilaw_t

    hi, steve!

    just want to know how long the eye scan will last?

    thank and more power!

  • Moddy Flanders

    hi, my name is Mod an I left Dubai because a really big personal issue, like 2 years ago.
    I left a loan and some installments of 2 credit cards unpaid.
    now i have an interview in doha and i wanted to know if it is possible to be caught at the doha airport and what’d happen if i fly to dubai as a conection flight.
    thk a lot!

  • Rca400

    Guys,  these countries have no proper laws, their rulers are the law.  If you are a local then it’s fine but if u r a foreigner then u r in trouble if u owe any money and u can’t pay.  For debts of few thousands or few hundreds of thousands, they can’t do nothing thru interpol, especially in European countries where if u can’t pay, then nothing can be done other than reporting to a credit bureau.  So these Gulf countries are a funny living things with no solid base.  I can’t believe they jail people indefinatly for non payment, don’t they have something called bankruptcy as human being..Actually they are still behind civilization for years.

  • Syed Javeed Abdullah

    i have previously worked in KSA. My company sponser & me had a desputes. Later my sponser has sent back me to india. Again after 12 years i had another job offer to KSA. i went to airport & depoted back to india by saudi imegrant offce, & they say “my fingerprint has been matched and you are not allowed to enter”. Now i have another oppurtunity for Dubai. do UAE imegrants will again send me without allowing to enter in dubai….?
    My mail id: syedjaveed_abdullah@y[email protected]

  • Rodgzartillaga

    I work in Saudi Arabia for more than 2 years and i am in my country now recuperating from a certain illness. I have unpaid debts (1 personal loan and 3 credit cards) and i am so worried if i still be put to jail on my unpaid debts. Will i have immigration problems when the time comes if i need to go back and work overseas again in other asian countries or not to mention other gulf countries like UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain or Saudi again?
    Please i need advise on this problem of mine.

    Bah 

  • muhd

    i lived in dubai for 25 years and worked in a bank. i had loan and credit card debts. i left dubai in 2010. now i must be banned form entry to dubai. its 2012 and i want to go back to dubai,,
    now my nationality and passport is changed. will i still be caught.

  • muhd

    i lived in dubai for 25 years and worked in a bank. i had loan and credit card debts. i left dubai in 2010. now i must be banned form entry to dubai. its 2012 and i want to go back to dubai,,
    now my nationality and passport is changed. will i still be caught.

  • Faysal

    hi sir my name is faiz.

    i was working in dubai from last 4 years i have 2 credit cards and 1
    loan total around 50000 aed i didnt pay it and i came back last year now
    i have 1 gud job in dubai but when i checked my immigration i have 2
    cases 1 for 5000 aed bouns cheque and 1 for credit card 25000 aed i had
    talked to 1 guy he was saying that u pay 1200 aed i will give u noc from
    ministry of foreign affair and ur cases will b remove from immigration
    and u can go to dubai and after that u can talk to ur bank over there
    and do the installments or how ever u have to pay. so i want to ask that
    is this is possible is it any one can do the this please help me .

    • SACHINMON

      FIRST TIME WE HEARD LIKE THIS OPTION DEAR!

      • ifan

        dont believe

  • Ali T

    hi steveI left dubai in 2007 with 200,000 Dhms debt (1 personal loan ,2 credit cards) ,I have paid about 60,000 dhms of my debts ,and I have plan to settle my debts in coming year .But I have to travel to some countries like Turkey,Cyprus ,France ,Malaysia ,… because of missions of my company ,unless I will lose my job.Is that safe to travel on mentioned countries or other countries?May I be arrested in other countries airport and send to Dubai?It’s really effected my whole life ,Please kindly honestly advise me ,please answer soon as possible.Ali T

  • rajah

    Hi Khair,

    Have you entered saudi arabia safely?

  • rajah

    What happened to Anu now? was he able to enter saudi arabia safely?

  • anonymous

    Hi,
    I love someone from Dubai though im from UK and a non muslim! His Family have good contact to the police so i wondered if they can put my name just like this on the system and they can catch me at the airport without any reason?!

  • anonymous

    Hi,
    I love someone from Dubai though im from UK and a non muslim! His Family have good contact to the police so i wondered if they can put my name just like this on the system and they can catch me at the airport without any reason?!

  • Feehijoseph

    How long can the eye scan and finger print last in a Dubai system. I was deported from Dubai 2008 amd i wish to go back because i was offer a good job by a company. Joseph

  • Feehijoseph

    How long can the eye scan and finger print last in a Dubai system. I was deported from Dubai 2008 amd i wish to go back because i was offer a good job by a company. Joseph  

  • AAA

    Im in the same situation. Im currently working in qatar and planning to convert my UAE driver’s license here. Will i face problem ? Pls advise..

  • Maricar_espinas

    Hi Anu,

    So what happened did you get any problem in Saudi airport?

  • Gennarolangella

    This is for Cris! By the way Cris is spelt Chris!!!!

    This is the most rediculous thing i have heard! Know the Quran and u get out of jail by eid?
    Amazing that people like u who have absolutley no knowledge whatsoever but you still have to write crap just to make urself feel as if ur smart. WELL U R NOT u prick!
    How come 90 % of people in jail in Dubai are muslim? How come they are not out by eid like u say?
    And its a lie. THEY DO NOT HAVE BIOMETRIC DATA STORED! Trying to be a smartass is bad enough but lying ids even worse! Just shows how u were raised! Jerk!
    I have worked and lived in Dubai for almost 15 years working for the government, so please check ur facts first!

    HOWEVER it is 100% guaranteed that you will be arrested at the border. But they cannot check “Biometric” data as Mr. Lies-a-lot claims

  • Gennarolangella

    This is for Cris! By the way Cris is spelt Chris!!!!

    This is the most rediculous thing i have heard! Know the Quran and u get out of jail by eid?
    Amazing that people like u who have absolutley no knowledge whatsoever but you still have to write crap just to make urself feel as if ur smart. WELL U R NOT u prick!
    How come 90 % of people in jail in Dubai are muslim? How come they are not out by eid like u say?
    And its a lie. THEY DO NOT HAVE BIOMETRIC DATA STORED! Trying to be a smartass is bad enough but lying ids even worse! Just shows how u were raised! Jerk!
    I have worked and lived in Dubai for almost 15 years working for the government, so please check ur facts first!

    HOWEVER it is 100% guaranteed that you will be arrested at the border. But they cannot check “Biometric” data as Mr. Lies-a-lot claims

  • Gennarolangella

    Passing Dubai Customs with another passport number has no point unless you change ur name or date of birth ASwell. This is a suicide mission. Manu places around the world to find a job. Trust me, you WILL be arrested untill u pay back the full amount. On top of that there is the punishment of bouncing the check. After that you will be released. And then you have to wonder if anyone will give you a job, so to go there is the worst idea. Bordering on stupidity actually.

  • Gennarolangella

    Passing Dubai Customs with another passport number has no point unless you change ur name or date of birth ASwell. This is a suicide mission. Manu places around the world to find a job. Trust me, you WILL be arrested untill u pay back the full amount. On top of that there is the punishment of bouncing the check. After that you will be released. And then you have to wonder if anyone will give you a job, so to go there is the worst idea. Bordering on stupidity actually.

  • ben

    Steve

    My Company got 2 car loans and defaulted for 4 months now the case in court what do u think will happen ?

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Have the cars already been repossessed?

      Steve

  • Sasikumar

    Dear Mr. Steve,

    My friend took loans, but he could not able to pay, so he tried to leave dubai with duplicate passport. Unfortunately he was got by immegration department in Airport. I would like to know what will be the punishment for him. kindly reply me soon i am expecting your reply. Thank you.

  • Chris

    I left Dubai 2 yrs ago due to the economic stress and as well my x boss was a bully. I just woke up one morning and was so scared and I booked a flight that evening. Leaving a credit card unpaid and the car at the airport, I had to leave. I have never had an eye scan and as well I have my passport renewed. I lived there for 6 yrs and it was sad to leave because of my friends and life. I live in the US and now I want to go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to visit my friend for her wedding . Will I be ok or will I have an issue on arrivel. I as well got married and had to renew my passport to his name.
    I would like to know if I will be ok…
    Thankyou

  • anu

    I dont think it will be a problem as long as u touch dubai.

    Anu

    • Maricar_espinas

      Hi Anu,

      So what happened did you get any problem in Saudi airport?

      • rajah

        What happened to Anu now? was he able to enter saudi arabia safely?

      • Haripg Pg

        Anu Please reply

  • Khair

    Dear Steve/ Anu / Cris…

    Anybody please help me, I am getting mixed responce from other sites. My offer from saudi stands for a very short period only. I am unemployed for the last one year and life is in a very critical stage. I never intented to run away from UAE but to avoid going to the jail, I was forced to exit UAE. If I loose this present offer, I dont know how long I will have to wait for another opening. My job profession is a rare one and in India I will be paid very low. So this time is very critical for me.Please help me. Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Khair

    • Anu

      Khair,

      its like this. If you change the passport number its fine. but make sure ur old passport number is not indicated in the new passport. Also in ur certificates make sure ur passport number is not written any where either. Further ist better to get a new set of certificates I think. And also dont produce ur driving licence when u go to saudi. so that they wont have anything to cross check. Most importantly – make sure its a genuine passport !! Cant u get the passport with ur name scrambled ? like first name last and ur first name last ? Any way dont think going to saudi wont be a problem. since ur eye prints are not in their system. Wait for a couple of more offers too !!!

      • Anu

        I said wait for a couple of more responses too !!! not offers

      • muhammedkhair

        Thanks Anu,

        I will wait for more responces. My passport is genuine and my old passport number is not mentioned even in my certificates. My eye scan is not taken in UAE, but finger prints are taken at the time of issuing emirates ID card. My visa for saudi is already stamped in my passport. If I have a travel ban will the visa gets stamped in my passport. Now I have 10 days more to travel. Pls help me, as it is a good offer.Thanks.
        Regards,
        Khair

      • rajah

        Hi Khair,

        Have you entered saudi arabia safely? 

      • Phil Manuel

        My situation is the same with Khair. A lot of offers as Accountant in KSA but I turned them down since I’m afraid I might be caught in the Immigration airport of KSA.  Please advise if it is safe to travel with in GCC countires except for UAE if I have pending cases in Duabi court. How about for Interpol? will they care or not?

        Phil Manuel

      • M Fathy Ae

        khair , where r u ????????

      • AAA

        Im in the same situation. Im currently working in qatar and planning to convert my UAE driver’s license here. Will i face problem ? Pls advise..

  • KHAIR

    Dear Steve,

    I left with some unpaid credit cards and personal loan due to loss of job in UAE. Now I got an offer from Saudi Arabia. I changed my passport since the pages got over and I have new passport number.But I did not change my name and other details. Will it be safe to travel to KSA. Please help me out.

    Regards,
    Khair

  • rowella

    Greetings!

    When I left dubai in 2007, I wasn’t able to settle my credit card and since don’t want to mess up with the bank I asked my brother to pay for it. Due to lost of his job, my brother wasnt able to pay the outstanding balance and left Dubai. As per my brother in 2008 the balance was 3000 AED.

    I got a job recently and now need to go back to Dubai, but I’m hesitant to fly as I’m afraid that my bank record is listed at the airport immigration.

    I wonder if this cleared by now.

    • anu

      Rowella,

      Credit dues are never cleared. Even if come back in 50 years it will be pulled back again. Either settle it before u go or enter dubai with a different passport. But makesure ur name in passport and the certificates are same. if u were not deported by then and your eye not scaned go there with a different passport

      Anu

      • Coolicegal

        Hi Anu,

        I wonder if even I enter with different passport but the same details like name and birthdate as my old passport, will they still be able to trace it or relate my new passport to my old one? Was planning to come back in Dubai for a visit and was confirmed by a PR that I don’t have an immigration ban but I they’ll caught me when I arrive to the airport due to the police case.Highly appreciate your help. Thank you.

        Hopeful

  • Jenny

    Dear Steve,

    I left Dubai in 2006 with unpaid credit card worth 10,000 Dirhams and now I got an opportunity to work again but not in Dubai, instead in Abu Dhabi.

    Could you please advise if this unpaid credit card in 2006 with ABN AMRO will give me a challenge or issue at the Immigration.

    Many thanks.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Jenny,

      Without a doubt your best solution would be to contact them and pay off the debt before you return to Dubai. Make sure you get proof it’s paid off as well.

      Steve

      • Jenny

        Thank you. I’m afraid to pay thousands of Dirhams. From 10K will increased to $$$.

        Do you think this Credit Card will is a big deal and still active in the immigration if ever.

        Thanks.

    • Haripg Pg

      YES i HAVE SAME SITUATION AND AWAITING SOME ONES REPLY

  • Derek

    Hi Steve
    I was made redundant by my company in Abu Dhabi. They did not pay me any end of services bonus, so I did not have money to pay my credit cards and personal loan. I did not issued any signed and postdated checks, so I’m wondering if I can be arrested in Dubai. I heard that one can go to jail only if lender can show that your check bounced, since I have a debt which is not secured by postdated checks, i hope that bank can not lock me in the jail. I would greatly appropriated your advice.
    Derek

  • Cris

    You will be caught 100% in both the case.
    Pl don’t go unless you check with particular emirate’s emigration office about Travel ban/police case.
    Please don’t try to enter UAE with duplicate passport as they have “BIOMETRIC” data already stored, (EYE SCANNER, FINGER PRINTS, ULTRAVIOLET scanner for finding alterations made.

    Please note that there is no uniform law for slimier kind of offenses, you may rot in jail for 3 months/3years /OR 3 decades??!!!
    But if you are a Non Muslim if you could by heart the KURAN, you will be released come next EID

    • http://Website tim tiriche

      hi, can you shed some light on when did uae start taking biometric? is it recent?
      i left uae some time back around 2005 and now have taken up another citizenship and changed my last name. will i be caught for bad debt if i re-enter?

  • babycutie

    dear steve,
    i left dubai with 5 credit card bills and one loan. after 8 months of no payment i am planning to come back and find a job for me to settle those debts. i heard i have travel ban but i really want to come back and work again…please give me some advise

  • Anu

    Dear Steve,

    Just to give you some information regarding the lawyers in UAE. There are lawyers ( Some ) who’ll say ” Dont worry – I ll do it – Then they’ll ask 6,000 -7,000 even more or less – get the money – and they Vanish never to be seen. No body can complain because there is no written documents of the deal. Another thing is that it matters a lot to get details on which emirate the case has been filed. Say for instance -if the case has been filed in Dubai courts – its all ways best to find a lawyer from Dubai – If the case is in Sharjah – better to find one from sharjah – because the way things operate differ in each emirate. But there are very big law firms – like “” Gargash”” which they say the owner has very good contacts with the Judges but they charge very high prices. But I guess the out come wont have a big difference but surely the verdict may be more lenient depending on the law firm. But there are small firms which are reliable as well

    regards

    Anu

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Anu,

      As always, very good advice. I look forward to your feedback and comments on all things UAE.

      Steve

      • Mary

        Hi how can I get advice on something please

  • Syed Fatmi

    Dear Steve
    I went to Dubai in March 2008 and was working with foreign bank till may 2009 then i was asked to resign as ther was a procedure of redundency going on, then i got another job in august and they again aked me to resign in september 2009. I have 2 credit cards and a personal loan total AED75000/- I came back to pakitan to find a job but unfortunately this attempt is not successful too. Now before going back to dubai i asked one of my friend to check embounce system then he finds a case against me over there which menas i will be detained at the airport when i ll land in dubai. Please help me out in getting details of this bounced check or refer me to some good lawyer. I would be grateful to u

  • Anu

    Yes,

    you would definitely land in jail for the bounced cheques – unless you enter in a different passport and number…. but makesure your certificates and other documents cary the same name

    Anu

    • Abbysdxb

      I am afraid this might be not enough. If you were fingerprinted and eye scanned before they will get you. 

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