Can I transit through Dubai if I have a debt?
A common question of former UAE expats and one that should be asked before travel: Countless people over the years have been arrested when transiting through Dubai for reasons ranging from credit card or utility debts to employer absconding cases and landlord disputes. Some of these debts have been more than 20 years old while others are simple administrative errors (payments not properly recorded).
Some unfortunate travellers have been taken from their seats on the plane while in transit. Arrests occur whether the traveller clears through immigration, remains in the airport or even on the plane.
Resolving these issues can be costly and lengthy and it is advisable to avoid transit altogether or to conduct a status check in advance.
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