UAE residents with travel bans can now pay and fly

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

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. 

Your comment


    Mar 21, 2013 6:41

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

  • MART

    Mar 21, 2013 4:14

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

  • bharath

    Mar 21, 2013 12:27

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

  • Jazoha

    Mar 21, 2013 12:27

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

  • Zee

    Mar 21, 2013 10:58

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

  • Abdul rafeek

    Mar 21, 2013 10:41

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

  • Louie Tedesco

    Mar 21, 2013 10:33

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

  • _

    Mar 21, 2013 10:07

    This is a brilliant step taken up by the government.

  • Malik Arshed

    Mar 21, 2013 8:46

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

  • Faisal

    Mar 21, 2013 8:43

    Bravo Dubai. Excellent arrangement.

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