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UAE residents with travel bans can now pay and fly

New system allows defaulters to clear dues at Dubai Airport’s immigration counter

  • By Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, Staff reporter
  • Published: 22:07 March 20, 2013

  • Image Credit: GULF NEWS ARCHIVES
  • PAY AND GO: Residents with unsettled bills can now leave the country by paying the outstanding amount at the Dubai Airport

Dubai: Residents with unsettled bills can now leave the country by paying the outstanding amount at the Dubai Airport — thanks to the new ‘Pay as you go’ service.

Launched this week by Dubai Court with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), in cooperation with Dubai Police and Emirates NBD, the service allows residents to clear any financial claims against them at the immigration counter before boarding their flight.

The new system not only aims to carry out rulings issued by courts and the judicial committees, but also help people with unsettled bill–related travel bans to clear the amounts at the immigration counter using the new electronic pay-as-you-go system.

When someone with a travel ban approaches the immigration counter, the officer issues a letter with the outstanding amount, which is then sent to the bank’s counter at the airport along with the case file number and the amount the convict is required to pay.

Two copies of the payment receipt are then made and one is kept with the bank for record. The other is sent to the immigration counter where the payment details are matched with the case file. Once the verification is made, the payment receipt is sent to Dubai Police who then lift the travel ban, allowing the person to board the flight. 

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  1. Added 18:41 March 21, 2013

    Isn't it a bit harsh to refer to someone who could have accidentally defaulted on a bill as a 'CONVICT'???

    ANNONYMOUS, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:14 March 21, 2013

    Re: The news about lift of travel ban on UAE residents upon payment at the airport mentions UAE residents only. Does this include also expatriates, or citizens of other countries working in the UAE? Thank you.

    MART, NEW YORK, United States

  3. Added 12:27 March 21, 2013

    Is this only for NBD Emirates customers or for all? Thanks

    bharath, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:27 March 21, 2013

    Awesome news! This is going to be a relief for those who have financial debts but still require to travel due to emergencies. Many thanks to the authority for implementing such user-friendly rules.

    Jazoha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:58 March 21, 2013

    How long would it take to process it, given the passenger needs to catch a flight?

    Zee, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:41 March 21, 2013

    This is a very good move from the authority. Does it include bank financial cases too?

    Abdul rafeek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:33 March 21, 2013

    What a wonderful idea that will help many people when they leave the UAE. It should also help relieve some overcrowded conditions where people were held in airport detention until such matters were sorted.

    Louie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:07 March 21, 2013

    This is a brilliant step taken up by the government.

    _, Dubai, India

  9. Added 08:46 March 21, 2013

    This is a very positive and commendable move and will definitely benefit many people. I congratulate UAE authorities for taking such steps in order to provide facility to settle debt at the airport while travelling in emergency, etc, where any delay may result in loss.

    Malik Arshed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 08:43 March 21, 2013

    Bravo Dubai. Excellent arrangement.

    Faisal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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