Under new law, exit permit will no more be required, says official


The new law regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar has transformed the Kafala (sponsorship) system in the country into one controlled by employment contracts, a senior official of the Ministry of Interior has said.

Addressing a press conference, Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Atiq, Assistant Director General of the Department of Border, Passport and Expatriates Affairs at the ministry said that the new law has done away with exit permits that were an integral part of the Kafala system.

“Exit permit will no more be required for travel since it was part of the Kafala system, which will become invalid with enforcement of this law,” said Al Atiq.

To leave the country an employee needs to apply to the departments concerned at the Ministry of Interior through Metrash 2 system and inform his employer three days in advance.

“No one will prevent an expatriate worker from leaving the country and in case of any objection (from the employer), both sides can approach the grievances committee which will look into the issue,” a report by The Peninsula quoted him as having said.

This committee will comprise representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and other bodies concerned.

The applicant (expatriate worker) will receive a SMS confirming approval or rejection and in case of any dispute it should be raised to the grievance committee. If the committee does not take a decision within three working days then the case be referred to the court, explained the official.

The law has stated that in case of an emergency, the worker can leave immediately after notifying the employer and by approval of the authorities concerned.

– Published on: Nov 1, 2015


  1. I have a question?
    If any employee wants to go back in cas of emergency but his sponsor or company said, the investment for our visa you should pay than go so what is the solution?
    Remember the visa is Business Work visa which is already extended upto extra three months but without employee permission they increase the visa duration.

  2. Dear Person, i want to know about, that i am working in qatar from 21st october 2016. now mr current employer work is finished, so that my employer terminated me. when i was in termination period, i find a job in other company. i have a NOC & other visa transferable documents, my qatar id is valid till 21/10/2017. can my visa will transferred. pls reply, i dont completed even one year. i only completed 9 months.

  3. hi.
    i have a question
    in case i want to leave the country without exit permit? is that possible? because if i will give resignation the company will ask me to pay them 5000 riyal which one i cant afford because my salary is 2200 so that price is ridiculous and i will not pay. but i want to leave i will have any issues if i leave without their permission? thanks

  4. If for example my QID indicates a different profession or job and i would change it to a new one but for the same employer, do I still need to exit qatar? if yes, how long? thank you

  5. Avadhesh Dixit on

    My question is –
    If I got suddenly call my family and I wnat to go in emergency based so what is to .how can be go …is possible to emergency based on same day

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