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Are you currently facing a case in the UAE court for defaulting on your bank loan? You might be concerned if you are subject to a travel ban.

UAE authorities could place a travel ban against an individual. This would prevent them from leaving or entering the countrY. A travel ban could be imposed by UAE authorities for administrative reasons. This may be issued by executive bodies such as the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship and Customs Security (ICP), or for legal reasons, where restrictions have been placed on travel.

What are the different situations in which you might be subject to a travel ban or restriction? Find out.

1. Visa overstay

A travel ban will be applied to you if you are deported because you have exceeded your visa.

The UAE authorities will issue a decision at all border crossings to stop the concerned person from entering or exiting the country after a decision has been made to ban travel. This decision doesn’t require that the authority has possession of the passport. The UAE government already has the details online.

2. Absconding case

A travel ban could also be imposed if you are being absconded by your employer for not reporting to work.

The UAE Labour Law states that if you do not report to work for seven consecutive days, your employer can file an absconding or Unexpected Work Abandonment report against you. The sponsor can lift this ban. If you prove the absconding case to be invalid to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Ministry can lift your travel ban.

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3. Defaulting on a Bank Loan

A travel ban can be issued if you default on your bank loan, or if your credit card debts are not paid. This is either because your security check bounced, or because the bank claims the entire amount.

For example, if you gave a security check for Dh10,000 for your credit card but the limit was increased to Dh50,000, and you use up all of the credit limit, the bank could try to cash the security cheque. In this case, it would be a case where bounced cheques. Or, they may claim payment of Dh50,000 from a court.

Although bounced cheques no longer constitute a crime, you will still be charged with civil violations.

4. Rent payment due by the due date

If your landlord sends you a notice to stop paying rent, or if you have been given notices for non-maintenance or failure to renew your contract, the landlord may contact the Rental Dispute Centre.

The RDC will then place a travel ban and require you to pay rent or fulfill any other obligations as a tenant.

5. A criminal case has been brought against you

If you are a victim of a criminal case, you might be subject to a travel ban. This means that you may not have the right to leave the country.

An administrative authority may issue a circular to stop a person traveling after a criminal case has been filed. The decision will be made once the case or complaint is resolved.

If you are convicted of serious crimes, such as drug use or assault and you are deported, you may be subject to a travel ban that will prevent you from entering the UAE again after your deportation.

An administrative authority may issue a circular to stop a person traveling after a criminal case has been filed. This is until the case or complaint is resolved and the verdict is implemented.

6. In certain civil and commercial cases

A court may place a travel ban against you in certain civil cases. This could be for commercial cases involving nonpayment of dues by companies or family cases where there is guardianship.

If you are the manager of a Limited Liability Company or sole proprietorship with a case against them for non-payment, a travel ban could be placed on your head.

A travel ban may be issued to the manager if the commercial case is against an LLC. The manager may be prohibited from traveling until he submits a report to execution court. This report will include the cash flow statistics and proof that the company cannot settle the debts. If the case is against a sole proprietorship owner, he/she will be prohibited from traveling outside the country until he/she settles the debt or is proven insolvent by court order.

According to the UAE government’s official website, u.ae, if one parent in custody has concerns that the other may flee the country, they can apply for a travel ban which will prevent the child from flying out of the airport. A judge can refer the matter to court if there is a dispute.

7. You acted as a guarantor to someone

You will be banned from traveling if you stand as a Guarantor to a relative or family member who is facing a court or police case. Although your passport will be held by the court or police in most cases, it is possible to be banned from traveling while you are a guarantor.

The UAE authorities will issue a decision at all border crossings to stop the concerned person from entering or exiting the country after a decision has been made to ban travel. This decision doesn’t require that the authority has possession of the passport. The UAE government already has the details online.

8. You were deported from another GCC state

Deported expats will face GCC-wide ban and expats deported from any one of the GCC countries will be banned from entering any of the other member countries, according to the GDRFA.

All six GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Oman, apply the law, which it says is based on a security pact signed by the member states.

Moreover, the country which deports an expatriate will be allowed to take the deportee’s fingerprints and share the information with the rest of the GCC countries.

GCC countries have been sharing information in relation to drug offenders, including the names of smugglers, their modus operandi and data.

An automatic ban applies to those deported for drug offences, while other instances are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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