New exit permit law commences from 28th Oct -

New exit permit law for Qatar expatriates implemented yesterday

New exit permit law for Qatar’s expatriates has been implemented from yesterday, 28th Oct 2018. With this law in place, no exit permit required for most of Qatar’s expatriates to leave the country temporarily for a short period or permanently for good. Except for the list of employees (who require prior consent to exit the country) submitted by an employer through the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) Website (

Qatar has recently brought a major policy change in which it has put an end to exit permits expect 5% of a company’s workforce to obtain a prior consent to exit the country because of the nature of their work. Before this new law, it was mandatory for the expat worker to obtain an exit permit through his sponsor / company to exit Qatar temporarily for a short period or permanently for good. team along with the Indian community living in Qatar and expatriate community from other countries welcomes this move.

The official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported that the Ministry of Interior (MoI) yesterday started applying the amendment to Article No 7 “concerning the cancellation of the travel permit notice of Law No 21 of 2015 regarding the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence” Reported


In a post on Twitter, the MoI said “Law No. 13 of 2018, which amended certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates is being implemented starting today, Sunday 28 October 2018. #MoIQatar

Also, MoI tweeted that “The expatriate workers, who are unable to leave the country for any reason, can approach the Expatriate Exit Grievance Committee, which will look into the complaint and take a decision within three working days. #MoIQatar


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