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Will I Be Arrested and Taken Back to Dubai Because of My Debts? – Christopher

“Dear Steve,

I left Dubai this past April because I lost my job and could not pay my loan or credit cards. I was threatened with a travel ban and police case when I could not pay. I tried to find more work but because of economy no one was hiring. Time ran out on me and I left. Now I got travel ban and I know I cannot come back into the GCC. I got a mail from the bank saying that they are going to put a international travel ban on me. Does this mean that if I travel to Europe that I will be arrested and taken to the UAE prision? Please help.

Christopher”

Dear Christopher,

It is my understanding that the travel ban is only for GCC countries. I am not aware of any cases where someone has been stopped at the border for a debt problem in other than a GCC country and sent anywhere.

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29 thoughts on “Will I Be Arrested and Taken Back to Dubai Because of My Debts? – Christopher”

  1. I have a travel ban issued in Kuwait and I just accepted a job in Dubai, will there be any problem with the immigration in UAE due to my Kuwait travel ban?

    Thank you!

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  2. Hi Steve, i also have some credit cards left unpaid in abu dhabi, I have left the country earlier to avoid jail, I am a filipino but didnt go Phils yet from the time I left UAE, it has been almost 2 years and I am sure that they had raised case against me from UAE, since then I am receiving calls and email from collectors agent in Phils, now I decided to go home, is there a possibilities that they may catch me in Phils airport if they had forwarded my case there?

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  3. Hello Steve. I have been reading your posts for a while now. You answered my question a few days ago. Did you hear about the new law that was just passed in UAE, bounced checks are no longer a criminal offense and many expats were released as of recent. Will this include them dropping my case aganist me? (assuming there is a case) Also what about credit card debt does this mean that they are doing away with debters prison ? Thanks!

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  4. HI Steve. I’m 6 months removed from the UAE. I have about 60,000 $ in loans and credit cards. The bank refused my offer to reconstruct the loan for a lower installment. I even made payments to show my good faith after I couldn’t even afford (medical reasons). Now the bank told me if I can’t make up 5 months payment asap there is don’t look to them for any assistance, in those words. I don’t know what else I can do..I’m a little scared, can’t sleep at night because I love to travel and never meant for this to happen. My sister is moving to Europe. I am afriad of having issues in other countries. Can you please assit with advice? Thanks Lisa

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    • As long as you stay out of the GCC countries you should not expect any travel issues.

      UAE banks are not required to work out any solution that is sustainable or affordable to both parties. There is also no bankruptcy in the UAE.

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  5. Hi Steve,

    The same problem with me “credit card” now i’m in my country and plan to go to saudi, I have a neighboor told me that Saudi Government do not intervene on any bank problems of any one who enter their country. He told me that he have friends who have credit cards from Dubai or Qatar, but they got no problem to enter Saudi Arabia. Am i safe to come to Saudi?

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  6. same problem here but I think mine is more worst since I left my wife in dubai with husband visa.I’m worried should my wife be arrested for all my credit cards and loan I left unpaid.What I told her that she must get a new visa for her employer that she’s working now so that the immigration or police cannot arrest her…please all you out there I need answer…

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  7. C’mon why would you go back to those thieves! There are so many more interested places to live around the world. Dubai is a bankrupted economy, we all know that. The laws there only favor the local Sheikhs, who do no little to disguise the money they easily made from your hard work. They cannot do anything against you in India. Only threat!

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  8. hi hotelgm64 and All,
    Does this also means she cannot work or enter in other GCC country when she has a credit card debt in UAE? e.a qatar, oman etc??? will she also puts in jail in other gcc country when her credit is is Dubai?? thanks!

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  9. hi,
    i was working in dubai. i did not made payment of the credit card due to job loss as i had no money with me…i had to pay around 20000 dhs.i could nt pay…n before strting any banking blunder i left out uae..
    i m in india nw and want to go back to dubai…is it possible…? i can pay them once i get a good job in dubai…wht can b done…pls advice…….

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    • Raj i have the same pb as well..i left dubai before for an emergency leave and didnt came back to dubai and left all my credits..now i have a job offer again in dubai and im worried that they might put me in jail after i left all my debts with my two creditcards in Dubai..

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        • hi hotelgm64 and All,
          Does this also means she cannot work or enter in other GCC country when she has a credit card debt in UAE? e.a qatar, oman etc??? will she also puts in jail in other gcc country when her credit is is Dubai?? thanks!

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    • C’mon why would you go back to those thieves! There are so many more interested places to live around the world. Dubai is a bankrupted economy, we all know that. The laws there only favor the local Sheikhs, who do no little to disguise the money they easily made from your hard work. They cannot do anything against you in India. Only threat!

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  10. Dear Leon,
    Even if you inform the UAE bank mentioning that you are exiting the country when even $1 is pending for them, they will enforce travel ban for you, which means now you can’t get out of that country or if you are out side you will be arrested when you land there.
    Hence think before you discuss with bank.

    This line is for Mr christopher:
    Mr chris,
    Now all UAE banks are having debt collection centers in Asians countries, These agents go through job portal to fish your Resume and pull out personal details. Once they find the address and telephone numbers of you/ your near & dear then all kind of nonsense starts.

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    • Hi Steve, I also have the same issue. What do you mean by all kind of nonsense starts? I guess they got nothing to do to harm us.
      Thanks.
      Marky

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  11. Hi
    I was working in dubai. One fine day my company terminated me from job.My current company cancelled my visa due to this i was not able to pay my Credit card. They tell me that I have to pay 17,000 AED . Currently I dont have a job , so i told the Bank & the Collection team that I can only 5000 AED. Can any one help me

    Regards
    leon

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  12. Dear Steve,
    I left Dubai last June ’09 because I can not pay my credit cards and loan due to economic crisis. Now Citibank Dubai has reached the number of my mother-in-law and was asking about my whereabouts. How was is possible for them to get my mother-in-law’s # when in the first place I did not even use it when I applied the loan to them. Will they be able to arrest me here in the Phils for that? Please help me as I am a mother of two and unemployed so I am really not in the position to pay them back.

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