Expatriates in the United Arab Emirates will soon be blocked to get their visa renewed or cancelled if they have any unpaid fines to clear. Foreign nationals will not be allowed to leave the country without paying all the fines due to traffic rule violation or other government payments. All the fines are being electronically linked to the visa applications.
The police departments have linked the fines to the visa applications so as a first step in recovering the unpaid fines from motorists their applications to cancel, renew or transfer will be blocked or put on hold.
Head of the Legal Affairs Department at the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Dr Rashid Sultan Al Khodr, told the Gulf News, “Those who have committed road offenses will not be allowed to leave the UAE unless they pay all their traffic fines in line with new Interior Ministry measures.”
Brigadier Al Khodr further added that new regulations will be applicable to all other financial obligations to the government bodies by expatriates seeking to cancel their visa and leave the country.
“We have linked procedures to cancel visas for expatriates with the payment of all their traffic fines. This step is intended to ensure departing expatriates will pay all their financial dues to the state” Bridadier Al Khodr further said.
“This is just a first step as it affects only individuals who apply for visa cancellation and must now pay their traffic fines”, Brig Al Khodr said. “Regarding the link of all visa and immigration procedures with other government departments, the work is still in progress and will be completed soon.”
The Ministry of Interior has not set any deadline yet for the implementation of the new regulations regarding the unpaid fines.