Amidst stringent precautionary measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, Qatar has allowed recruitment of domestic workers from seven countries.
The Qatari General Directorate of Passports announced that domestic labour can be hired from Philippines, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The Ministry of Administrative Development and Labour in Qatar announced in last November that the processing of applications from companies for employing migrant workers after recruitment would resume, as it was earlier suspended due to be global coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry said that the recruitment applications will be handled inline with specific regulations on a case-by-case basis including assessment of hiring company’s adherence to pay obligations for one year, and its provision of providing proper residence for its workers.
The Ministry also said that the labour entry policy is based on travel-and-return rules established by the state committee, which is responsible in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.
Qatar had last week introduced a new set of restrictions to control the coronavirus, which includes reducing the attendance of government employees at workplaces by 50 percent, except those in military, health and security sectors. Among the other measures taken were shutting down of theatres, cinemas, barber shops, museums, beauty salons and public libraries.