Muscat, Nov 10 (ONA) – The Ministry of Labour today announced that expatriate workers wishing to leave Oman and return to their country are allowed to do so with effect from 15 November, 2020.
The Ministry also exempted all employers and expatriate workers from all fees and fines registered against licenses for practicing professions by expatriate workers provided they leave the Sultanate terminally between 15 November and 31 December 2020.
This comes in implementation of the decisions of the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, said the Labour Ministry in a statement.
The Ministry explained that expatriate workers whose passports have expired may approach their respective embassies to renew their travel documents and then visit the Labour Ministry’s office at Muscat International Airport to finalize departure procedures. They should carry their travel documents, tickets and certificates proving their non-infection with Covid-19 prior to leaving the Sultanate. They should also meet the requirements of countries for which they will be leaving.
The Ministry added that employers have to update their expat labour data and that employers who have any claims should approach the departments concerned within one week from the date of publication of “Information On Expatriate Workers” wishing to leave the Sultanate (The information is accessible in the Ministry’s website).
The statement stressed that a leaving expat worker has to make sure of validity of his/her travel documents and submit an “Application For Departure” at the Sultanate via the Ministry’s website, Sanad offices or respective embassy.
After 7 days from the date of registration of his/her application, the leaving expat worker should visit the Office of Ministry of Labour at Muscat International Airport, seven hours prior to departure time. He/she should be carrying confirmed-booking travel tickets, passport(s) or valid travel documents, as well as PCR test (polymerase chain reaction test) valid for 72 hours.