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Expat workers can leave without paying fines

10 Nov 2020

The Ministry of Labour  announced on Tuesday that expatriate workers wishing to leave Oman and return to their country are allowed to do so with effect from November 15.

The Ministry of Labour (MoL) has exempted employers and expatriate workers from all fees and fines registered against them for overstay as a result of expiry of resident cards and passports provided they leave the sultanate between November 15 and December 31.

According to the MoL, this is in line with a decision of the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ministry informed that expatriate workers whose passports have expired can approach their respective embassies to renew their travel documents and then visit the MoL office in Muscat International Airport to finalise departure procedures. To expedite the process, they should carry their travel documents, tickets and certificates proving infection-free status. They should also meet the travel requirements of the country to which they are travelling. 

The ministry added that employers must update their expat labour data and those who have any claims should approach the departments concerned within one week from the date of publication of ‘Information On Expatriate Workers’. (The information is accessible on the ministry’s website).

MoL’s statement stressed that expat workers who wish to leave have to make sure of the validity of their travel documents and submit an ‘Application for Departure’ via the ministry’s website, Sanad offices or respective embassy.

Seven days following the date of registration of their application, those expats wishing to leave should visit the MoL office in Muscat International Airport seven hours prior to departure time. They should have a confirmed ticket, passport or valid travel document, as well as PCR test valid for 72 hours. 


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