Qatar likely to abolish exit permit system

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Qatar likely to abolish exit permit system

In yet another bid making the country a great place to live and work in, the Qatari Government is reportedly planning to abolish the exit permit system, that too in a span of two weeks.

According to a report by Economic Times, Qatar could agree to a deal within a fortnight to abolish the exit permit system, which requires workers to obtain their employers’ permission to leave the country.


As reported by The Peninsula, the possibility of the landmark deal came as the International Labor Organization (ILO) opened an office in Doha.

Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, stated that the final details of the exit visa are being finalised and a deal is being expected within the next two weeks. 

It may be mentioned here that the launch of the ILO office in Doha indicates the start of implementing a three-year technical agreement signed in October 2017 by the Qatari government and ILO.

His Excellency Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, the chief of ADLSA, noted that Qatar welcomes the opening of the office which is another step in Qatar’s path to apply a system that simulates the best global systems. 

As a matter of fact, the technical agreement between Qatar and ILO focuses on five areas — improving wages, work conditions and occupational health, safety inspections, implementing a contractual system and procedures, strengthening measures to prevent forced labour and human trafficking. It also envisages to give a voice to labourers.