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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.


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.

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.


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  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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!

      • Steve,
        It’s vice versa. They decriminalised bounced chqs for national, but it’s still a criminal offence for expats

  • 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

    • 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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