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10 things that could lead to travel ban in UAE

UAE authorities can impose travel restrictions on individuals for various reasons, either preventing them from entering or leaving the country. Legal experts said that these bans can be attributed to administrative reasons, issued by bodies like the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Ports Security (ICP), or legal reasons, where a court has ordered travel restrictions.

Here are the different situations that might lead to a travel ban:

1. Visa overstay

If an individual has overstayed their visa and is facing deportation, a travel ban may be applied once they leave the country. This measure is taken under UAE immigration laws and regulations.

2. Absconding case

Employers can file an absconding case against employees who fail to report to work for seven consecutive working days. In such instances, the employer has the right to report an Unexpected Work Abandonment (UWA) to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), leading to a travel ban. The ban can be lifted by the sponsor or by proving the case’s invalidity to MOHRE.

3. Defaulting on bank loans

If an individual defaults on a bank loan or credit card payments, a travel ban may be imposed due to bounced security cheques or non-payment claims by the bank. While bounced cheques are no longer a criminal offense, a civil case will still be registered, and an immediate travel ban might be imposed if the case goes to court.

4. Late rent payments

If a tenant fails to respond to rent payment notices from their landlord or neglects property maintenance or contract renewal, the landlord can approach the Rental Dispute Centre (RDC), which may result in a travel ban until the obligations are fulfilled.

5. Criminal cases

Travel bans can be imposed in criminal cases if there is an ongoing police investigation or court proceedings. The ban remains in place until the complaint or case is resolved and the verdict is implemented. For serious criminal cases resulting in deportation, a travel ban may also prevent re-entry into the UAE.

6. Civil or commercial cases

In certain civil or commercial cases, a court may impose a travel ban. Examples include non-payment of dues by a company, where the manager may face a ban until the company proves its incapability to settle debts, or in family courts, especially during guardianship disputes.

7. Guarantor responsibilities

If an individual stands as a guarantor for someone involved in a police or court case, they may face a travel ban until their responsibilities as a guarantor are fulfilled. Even if their passport is with them, the ban remains effective during this period.

8. Outstanding traffic fine

Failure to pay traffic fines in the UAE can lead to a travel ban. The ban is lifted only after the fines are settled or an installment plan is agreed upon and adhered to.

9. Employment disputes

If an employee files a complaint against their employer with MOHRE, a travel ban might be imposed on the employer until the case is resolved.

10. National security concerns

In rare cases involving national security concerns, the government may impose a travel ban on individuals deemed to be a threat to the country’s safety and stability. This can include suspected involvement in extremist activities, terrorism, or espionage.

It’s essential to note that travel restrictions are subject to the specific laws and regulations of the UAE, and the conditions for imposing them may vary depending on the circumstances of each case. MFD/Expat Media

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