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Posted On: 14 March 2020 11:09 pm
Updated On: 14 March 2020 11:59 pm

Exit permits set to be canceled on 19 March: Ministry of Interior

Khadiza Begum
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The Ministry of Interior announced Saturday that exit permits for the governmental and quasi-governmental sector, with the exception of 5 percent of the workers determined by the employer, will be canceled starting March 19.

Director of the Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi said that the decision is applicable to ministry workers and other governmental bodies, public authorities and institutions, workers in the oil and gas sector, and workers in agriculture and irrigation. The decision allows the workers in question to travel outside the country without applying for an exit permit.

He added that employers can exclude up to 5 percent of workers, who will need to apply for an exit permit. He noted that the ministry is in contact with HR departments to update them on the procedures before the start of implementation. He said that Metrash2 app and the ministry's website had the required new procedures since March 5 for those excluded workers, who will receive a text telling them they have to apply for an exit permit whenever they wish to leave the country.

(Source: QNA)