Oman waives work permit related fines for expats returning this year

Oman waives work permit related fines for expats returning this year

Oman waives work permit related fines for expats returning this year

Expat workers in Oman who wishes to return to their home country this year will be exempted from all penalties associated with their work permit.

Foreign workers are exempted from all fees and fines arising from work permits provided that they leave the Sultanate for good, the ministry of labour announced on Tuesday.

The fine waiver comes into effect from November 15 and is valid until December 31.

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However, this does not include fees and fines owed to the Royal Oman Police and other agencies of the Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19.

Expats with expired work permits will be allowed to leave for their countries, the ministry said. Both employees and employers are exempt from any fines that may have arisen due to the work permit related issues, the ministry said in a statement.

This follows the Supreme Committee’s decision to facilitate the waiving off of fines payable by the country’s foreign workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic, the statement said.

For expats who comes in that category need to visit the Ministry of Labour’s office at Muscat International Airport prior to check in to know their eligibility. Apart from passport and tickets, PCR tests may be advised. They must abide by the precautionary measured of their home country.

Employers have been advised to update their data once the foreign workers have left the country and arrange to settle any claims through competent authorities within a week of their staff leaving the country with evidence validating their claims, said the ministry statement.

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