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Updated January 2024

UAE is one of many countries that offer endless magnificent tourist destinations for everyone to experience. Emirati travellers frequently fly in and out of the country. However, have you thought about determining whether you are currently subject to a travel ban before leaving? Read further to know more about checking on your travel ban status in UAE.

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UAE travel ban latest news

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has recently implemented a groundbreaking system in the UAE and the region that instantly tracks and cancels judicial enforcement decisions upon payment of dues. This new system eliminates the need for individuals to go through the hassle of gathering documents related to proof of payment and cancellation. It ensures a smooth and efficient process without the intervention of enforcement officers and judges.

In cases where travel bans are imposed due to non-payment, respondents can download a copy of the cancellation decision through a smart app. This allows them to proceed with travel procedures and present the soft copy if required. On the other hand, in situations involving the issuance of arrest warrants due to non-payment or any seizure orders on deposits and bank accounts due to a failure of payment, the respondent can present the physical copy of the cancellation to proceed with lifting the imposed decision.

The new system also incorporates automatic notifications to judges and officers through an internally built digital system. It provides updates about follow-ups and monitoring of the respondent’s case, enhancing the overall efficiency of the judicial process.

What is a travel ban?

A travel ban is a command sent to all state ports by the governments to prevent an individual from leaving or entering the nation in accordance with a court or police order for the protection of personal interests in situations such as child custody, financial default, or criminal inquiry.

It entails that those who have been issued a travel ban by the government are not permitted to leave the country and may be detained upon entry if the reasons for the ban are not immediately resolved.

Travel ban in the UAE

To prevent any unanticipated and unfavourable circumstances at the airport’s immigration desk, it is advised that you complete the UAE immigration ban check if you intend to travel overseas. A travel ban may be issued for a number of reasons. The most typical ones consist of the following:

  1. An ongoing criminal prosecution
  2. Immigration law violations
  3. Unpaid financial obligations
  4. Conflict on rent
  5. Employment with no legal work visa
  6. Overstaying on the visa
  7. Notifying your employer and revoking your work permit before departing the country
  8. A worldwide disease epidemic

In UAE, there are three ways that you can do to check the status of your travel ban:

  • Visit the Dubai Police station in person.
  • Make a phone call. The call center operator will require your passport number in addition to other information. Residents can call the Amer center in Dubai at 800-5111, which is a toll-free number. Callers from abroad can do so at +971-4-313-9999.
  • Online travel ban check. Below is the step-by-step on how to check your travel ban online:
    • Prepare your Emirates ID.
    • Visit the official website of Dubai Police or download the Dubai Police app on your Android or iOS
    • Browse through ‘Individual Services’
    • Select ‘Criminal Status of Financial Cases’
    • Enter your full name and Emirates ID number
    • If you have any travel ban, you will get a message saying that you will need to bring your Emirates ID, copy of your passport, and authority letter to the Dubai Police station near you.
  • For Abu Dhabi resident, you could visit the Judicial Department’s page on the Abu Dhabi website, or the Estafser service, where you put your unified number and verification code.



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