Leaving the United Arab Emirates is not as easy as going there, especially if you have an unfinished business like unpaid debts and contracts left unfulfilled.

Non-payment of a debt is a criminal offence in the UAE and could result in arrest and a possible prison sentence. If you have outstanding debts you may not be able to leave the country, or you may be stopped and arrested if you try to come back to, or even transit through the UAE, according to The National.

To ensure a hassle-free departure here’s the list of things you should check before leaving the country.

1 Sell or rent out your properties.
If you have a car and a house or condo in the UAE, talk to an agent and ask for his/her service to sell or rent out your properties. Never leave your possessions without proper notice. And if you are renting a property then make sure you give the required notice in your contract or you may be liable for a further payment, according to What’s on Dubai.
In addition, you have to cancel all your utility bills.

2 Check your traffic fines, employment contract, and visas.
Pay all your outstanding fines, if you have a Salik tag cancel that as well.
If your contract is coming to an end, you will need to hand over your passport temporarily to your employer who will cancel your residence visa. Failure to do so could delay your departure or mean you are marked on the immigration system as an absconder.
If you are terminating your employment then you will need to give the required period of notice.

3 Close your bank accounts, cancel your credit cards and pay your debts.
Remember to clear all your debts before you leave the country to avoid possible imprisonment. There is no such thing as “walang nakukulong sa utang” in the UAE. Keep copies of all documents relating to your loans and bank accounts. Cancel your credit card and request a bank clearance letter from your employer. -KCO