Expert Info

Posted by Elizabeth Bailey
on 18 Oct 2016
Can a private hospital keep your passport and delay your departure until your bill is paid in full?
Meagan on 19 Oct 2016
Hi Elizabeth,

What's your nationality? Different countries have their own variations on passport law so this could have an impact on your situation.

Generally speaking, a passport can only be confiscated if a person is detained by immigration or arrested. This is briefly outlined here (click to follow link) on the website for SA Dept of Foreign Affairs - in this case, reference is being made specifically to South African passports in other countries, not the other way around (which seems to be your case). But I would think the same broad principles would apply.

I'd suggest getting in touch with the local embassy of your home country. They should be able to give you some advice.

Good luck.

Meagan

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna Global

Aetna is an award-winning insurance business that provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. Their high quality health insurance plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of expats living and working abroad.

Get a quote from Aetna International

Cigna_logo_300.png

Cigna Global

With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global