New Law for Exit Permit System

New Law for Exit Permit System

Progressive Legislation Aims to Attract Workers from Across the World

A controversial exit permit system was lifted this week when HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No. 13 of 2018 amended certain provisions of Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates.

The decision, which will allow most migrant workers to leave the country without first seeking a permit, has been hailed a reform that will have a positive impact on the lives of many workers in Qatar.

"Qatar's private sector welcomes this move. It will establish Qatar as one of the most worker-friendly countries in the world," spoke Qatar Chamber’s Vice-Chairman Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Tawar al Kuwari to the Qatar Tribune (Source:

International worker bodies have hailed the overhaul of the exit permit system, ensuring freedom of movement for expatriates.

Qatar has been working extensively with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since April 2018, when a Project Office was opened in support of the development and implementation of a comprehensive programme on working conditions and labour rights in the country. “This initiative reflects the common commitment of both the Government of Qatar and the ILO to cooperate on ensuring compliance with ratified international labour Conventions, as well as achieving fundamental principles and rights at work in the State of Qatar in a gradual manner during the period 2018 to 2020.” (Source:

Expatriate workers are vital to Qatar’s economy, so this is a significant step which will improve Qatar’s image worldwide; positioning it as an ideal place to work and invest.


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