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Up-close with Qatar’s new Labour Law : Hiring domestic workers

A lot of positive changes are taking place in Qatar on the labour front, and employers and employees need to keep pace with the developments to avoid inconveniences and getting caught on the wrong side of the law. There are lots of positives to be drawn from the new labour law set to come into effect in December. Apart from the topical WPS (Wages Protection System in Qatar), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs has also put in place measures specifically aimed at streamlining the recruitment of domestic workers. What’s in the New Law? The law deals with the entry, exit, and residency of foreign workers in the country. Its principal highlight is the requirement that all incoming workers ought to have a written job contract before arriving in the country. It is a requirement of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs that all…

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Guide : Procedures and regulations for carrying medicines to Qatar

Having medicines in your travel bag is second nature to most people, but if you’re not careful, those medicines to relieve a cough or treat painful gastric ulcers can land you in jail. The general rules is that if you are under medication and if you are carrying certain prescribed medicines you must have doctor’s prescription in original and the medicines should be carried along with its original packing and literature so that custom authorities can easily identify them. Some medicines, which are over-the-counter in other countries, are also considered controlled items in Qatar as they produce effects that contravene local laws. Many common cold and cough remedies, which you might assume to be harmless, must be accompanied by a prescription. Some sleeping tablets, painkillers, anti-depressants and hormone replacement therapy drugs are banned here. Some controlled drugs include alfentanil, amphetamine, codeine, fentanyl, ketamine, methadone, methyphenidate and morphine. Guidelines for carrying medicines containing…

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Guide : What to do if you lose Qatar Residence Card while abroad

In June 2015, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior had introduced new Residence Permit cards for expatriates, thereby abolishing the system of RP stickers in passports. In effect, the new Residence Permit cards are now acting as identity proof as well as travel document for the expatriates. With the new system, one problem many people face is losing the Residence Permit card while abroad. There are two solutions if you face such a situation : Solution 1 : You can get a return visa on arrival at Doha airport According to a recent Facebook post by MoI, you can get a return visa at Doha airport without resorting to your employer. The conditions for this is : Your Residence Visa should be valid at time of entry You shouldn’t have stayed out of Qatar for more than 6 months In this case, you can get return visa on arrival and your Residence Card will be marked…

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Guide : How to hire a maid for domestic help in Qatar

Employing a maid is not just a luxury for wealthy families but is also a popular choice for many middle class families living in Qatar. Here are the main points and procedures to know before hiring a maid in Qatar : It is illegal for a single man to hire a live-in-maid. A married man, looking to hire a maid for his family, should first obtain an NOC from the maid’s current employer for taking over her sponsorship, or can hire a new maid from abroad. You cannot sponsor a live-in full time maid, until you have worked/lived in Doha for at least six months. You will have to produce 6 months of bank statements to obtain approval for hiring a live-in maid. India does not allow its nationals to be employed as maids in Qatar- approved nationalities for maids include Nepalese, Indonesian, Phillipina, Ethiopian and Sri Lankan. The minimum…

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Qatar Visa On Arrival : Eligible Professions, Countries and Procedures

Qatar has visitor travel arrangements with 33 countries and citizens of these countries can get Tourists Visa on arrival. Similarly, 201 categories of professionals who hold valid residency permit in any GCC (Gulf Co-operative Council) country can get visa on arrival. For those whose country is not on the list, a visa should be applied for ahead of your visit. Countries that have a visa on arrival arrangement with Qatar Residents of these 33 approved countries can obtain a Tourist Visa upon arrival. The visa can be purchased for a nominal fee at the airport or port. It can also be issued online instantly prior to travel. This visa is valid for one month and cannot be extended. The United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, the Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Lichtenstein, Brunei,…

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Qatar’s New Sponsorship Law : What You Need To Know

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday issued law no 21 for 2015 regarding Regulation of the Expatriates Entry, Departure, and Residence. Here are the explanations for the main articles in the law. (Note that the term ‘recruiter’ has been used instead of sponsor, but refers to the person or company who hired the worker) Article 7 – Leaving Qatar If an expatriate worker wants to leave Qatar, he or his recruiter should report to the concerned department at the Ministry of Interior at least three days work before the exit date. The expatriate worker, may exit the country as soon as the recruiter informs the concerned department about his approval to let the worker go on leave. If the recruiter or the concerned department raises an objection, the expatriate worker can resort to the expatriate exit petitions committee. In case of an emergency for the expatriate worker, the committee shall take a…

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7 must-know changes to Qatar’s driving license policy

Determined to make Qatar’s roads safer, the Traffic Department has introduced a number of changes to driving license system and are planning a few more. Here are 7 changes that you need to know : 1. Unified driving curriculum The Traffic Department has finalised a unified driving curriculum and it will be introduced in all driving schools. Prepared by experts in the road traffic field, the revised curriculum will address the shortcomings in the existing one. All driving schools have been asked to provide interpreters to explain the points mentioned in the new curriculum and the traffic law to learners who come from different countries. 2. Road test after passing theory test only No trainee will be allowed to take a road test unless he passes the theory test based on information provided in the new curriculum. 3. You need to know the basics of automobiles In addition to driving skills and traffic…

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Understanding WPS – Qatar’s new online salary system

Qatar is all set to launch the much-awaited Wage Protection System (WPS) whereby all private sector workers will be paid salaries online through banking channels. The new system will apply to all private companies—as all of them are covered by the labor law, number 14 of 2004. Here is step-by-step guide on how the system works : Step 1 : Open bank accounts for all employees Qatar Central Bank has issued circulars to all banks and financial institutions in the country to open accounts for workers who have valid ID card. Any bank refusing to open salary account for workers will be punishable. Step 2 : Company prepares employees’ data Companies will have to make CSV files to save data in a table-structured format. The tables will carry workers’ names, account numbers and payable salaries in serial numbers. Check with your bank for exact format. CSV files can be prepared in…

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Guide : How to get International Driving License in Qatar

[UPDATED : 9 July 2016] International Driving License/Permit is a document that allows an individual to drive motor vehicle in more than 150 countries when accompanied by a valid full license from the country of issue. The document is slightly larger than a standard passport and is essentially a multiple language translation of one’s own existing driver’s license, complete with photograph and other information. In you are a resident of Qatar, you can apply at Qatar Automobile and Touring Club. They are the sole authority to issue International Driving Permit and Carnet de passages (Trip Tickets) in Qatar. Some travel agents and car rental companies also provide the same service, but the service fee is relatively higher. Location Qatar Automobile and Touring Club is located on C-Ring Road opposite to Doha Petrol Station between Gulf Cinema signal and Toyota signal. Phone : 4441 3265 / 4441 5718 Working hours : 7 am – 1…

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Guide : 13 Traffic Violations that can land you in jail

Most traffic tickets are issued for minor offences – including tickets for speeding and parking violations. Normally these can be settled by paying the fine amount at MOI or Traffic Department. But there are certain traffic-related offences that can result in more significant fines, loss of driving privileges, or even imprisonment. Here are the types of violations that cannot be settled by paying fines and needs to be viewed by the concerned court: 1. Driving a vehicle without obtaining a driving license or with a license that is not meant for the class of vehicle. Minimum imprisonment of one month ; Maximum imprisonment of 3 years ; AND / OR fine of minimum QR 10,000 and maximum QR 50,000. The punishment for repeating the same violation will be a compulsory minimum Imprisonment of one week and maximum 3 years and fine of minimum QR 20,000 and maximum QR 50,000. 3 black…