(Closed) Do Bills in collections prevent you from traveling?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I don’t think anyone will be able to stop you from traveling while having bills in collections…

But I also don’t think its a good idea. I would use the travel money to pay off exsiting debt and stick closer to home for your honeymoon. I am the type of person who hates any bills looming over my head so that would be preferable for my peice of mind!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t even know how they would know that…

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Lol unless someone is doing a credit check on you it has nothing to do with travel!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just wouldn’t travel too much because I’d be paying my bills but it won’t restrict you. So glad to be a Canadian and not having medical bills like that ever.

Post # 7
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think owing back taxes (and we’re talking like a LOT) in the only thing that can hinder travel. A few grand in medical bills is nothing and would never complicate your arrangements. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Honestly…

If you have $3000 in collections, you should be paying it off instead of spending money on travel. So, even though it technically doesn’t disqualify you, it really should be stopping you. The financial ramifications of letting the collections on that bill continue are tremendous. You should pay it off and get on with your life!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Your mom is absolutely wrong.  Having bills in collections is not like being a fugitive from the law.

But I also agree with the PP that it would be wiser to spend that money paying off the debt than traveling.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t think she was asking for advice if she should travel or not, all…

Post # 15
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Newbee

@Sparkle030:  I agree with you. Go on your honeymoon – it is your honeymoon after all. Worry about the bills later. You can’t seriously expect that every single bride on this site is completely debt free when they get married and go on a honeymoon. I mean, please.

As for the traveling thing, I’m pretty sure the only way the government can stop you is if you’re some kind of criminal or something like that. I went on a company cruise years ago with 5K of medical bills in collections (all since paid off not that it’s anyone’s business). My passport worked fine.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No, it will not prevent you from traveling out of the country.  They don’t do a credit check on your way out.  Most medical bills don’t show up on your credit and any that do won’t affect your score like credit card debt would anyway. 

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