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. What will if employee wants to go emergency to his home…like for example if someone from his family is no more n he wants to go for furnel he has to wait 3 days for employer approved. ..

    • Hi Mudassar, If the employer applies directly to MoI, the employee can leave the same day.
      Three days period is the maximum time allowed for an employer to respond.

  2. Abdullah Fares on

    Hi, what about Multiple Exits?
    In my type of work, Some times I decide to travel next day, so how will I be allowed to exit?
    Thanks for your swift response.

  3. Loknath kuikel on

    I have five years contract in my company but if I resine with in 1 year before completing the contract and I go back home after I got job offer and I need to came back with in 1 month from the date of exit from qatar is it possible

  4. Sir im noriel perez working at al jaber engr.im filing an emergency leave this december 18,2016 but my project manager in site rejected my application.sir what would i do because im really need to go philippines for my mother operation.please help me

  5. I resigned from my job and my company has cancelled and applied for exit permit 7 days ago
    I will have to stay here for 3 more days for some pending official work from m embassy. How much fine do u need to pay and does the company need to apply for exit permit again

  6. Rose Mar Abuyabor on

    Good day sir
    My contract ends this nov. 2017,, i want to apply canadian visa… Can i apply here in qatar? Can i go directly qatar to canada?

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