Can a private hospital in South Africa keep your passport until you've paid your bill?


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By Elizabeth Bailey - Posted on
18 October 2016

Can a private hospital keep your passport and delay your departure until your bill is paid in full?

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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. 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
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