MOI: Exit Permits For Government & Semi-Government Employees Abolished

Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced the exit permit for government and semi-government sectors that are not subject to the Labour Law will be abolished. This will be effective from 19th March 2020.

“Effective from March 19, 2020, the exit permit (travel notification) system for employees of government and semi-government sectors not subject to the Labor Law will be abolished with the exception of 5% of the employees these sectors specified by their employers.” MOI tweeted.

“Major Abdullah Khalifa Al-Muhannadi, Director of the Visa Support Services at the General Directorate of Passports, confirmed that, according to this decision, the above said employees will be entitled to leave the country temporarily or on final exit without an exit permit,” MOI added on their twitter account.

This is applicable to employees of the ministries, public bodies, institutions and other government agencies, oil and gas sector and its subsidiaries, marine vessels in the waters of the State of Qatar, agriculture and irrigation and private offices.

5 per cent of the employees in the organisation, that is chosen by the employer in relevant sectors, would be excluded and subject to submitting an application for obtaining a final or temporary exit permit.

A text message will be sent to those who are included in this 5% of employees informing them the necessity of submitting an application with the employer in case of wishing to leave the country temporarily or permanently.


Metrash2 and the MOI website have activated these procedures since 5th march 2020 to enable the authorities in the relevant sectors to add the employees who require an exit permit to leave the country.

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