Weekly Spotlight: Foreign Workers in Qatar will No Longer Require an Exit Permit to Leave the Country
This week the spotlight is on legal developments in Qatar, where the country has announced they will no longer require exit permits for expatriates following an amendment to Article 7 of Qatar Law No 21/2015 by Qatar Law No. 13/2018.
Expatriates who are working in the country under the Labour Law will have the right to temporary or final exit from the country during the validity of their employment contract. Employers may submit a request to the Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Ministry with the names of employees who would need a no objection certificate before leaving, with a justification based on the nature of their work. The number of workers under these restrictions will not exceed 5% of the company’s workforce.
In cases of expatriates being prevented from leaving the country for any reason, the expatriate will have the right to resort to the expatriate exit complaints committee. Its terms of reference and working procedures are also set out. The committee will decide on the grievance within three working days. For expatriates not subject to the Labour Law, the regulations and procedures for their departure from the country will be determined by the relevant Ministerial Decision.