Will my unpaid gym membership prevent me from visiting Taiwan?
July 18, 2012 10:37 AM Subscribe
Will I encounter trouble entering or exiting Taiwan based on my unpaid gym membership there? Also, will this affect my US credit in any way?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (5 answers total)
I lived in Taiwan for three months in summer 2009. At the time, I signed up for a gym membership which required a yearlong contract. As part of the terms of the contract, like many other ones, if I moved away, charging on the contract would be suspended for one year. (I shouldn't have signed up for this, but hindsight is 20/20.)
I returned to the US in fall 2009, called the gym, explained that I had moved away and suspended the membership. I then promptly forgot about it until a year later (fall 2010), when I noticed that the gym had started charging again. At this point, I decided to just let the year run out.
Then my credit card (which I had used to pay for the membership) expired in late fall 2009. I noticed the monthly gym charges were gone, but I didn't put two and two together until about half a year later when I realized the reason that they had stopped charging me was because my card had expired.
Since then, I haven't paid the remainder of the gym membership, or been back to Taiwan. My question now is:
- I am considering visiting Taiwan in spring 2013, on a visa-free entry for a tourist trip. Will I encounter trouble entering/exiting the country because of this unpaid debt?
- If I will, what is the best way to pay it? It is not a financial hardship to pay the remainder of the gym membership, but I am afraid I will get slapped with enormous fees if I do.
- Possibly relevant details: I live in the US and have a US passport. My US credit record is good. I have no desire or plans to permanently live in Taiwan. When I was there in summer 2009, I was on a 90-day visa; I have no household registration or ARC there.