Thursday, March 21, 2013

UAE residents with travel bans can now pay and fly

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.