Qatar Relocation: Implication of Current Situation for Moves to Middle East
Posted by: Angela Tegg, Client Services Manager
As many mobility managers with responsibility for moves into and from the Middle East will be aware, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Libya, and Yemen have introduced entry, residency, and transit bans for Qatari nationals. The action includes suspension of flights to Qatar, as well as some border closures, which are impacting travellers to the country, those in transit through its capital city of Doha, and shipments by land, sea, and air.
Due to the changing nature of the situation, at present many aspects remain either unclear or subject to change without prior notice, making it challenging to predict future developments. However, here is how your relocating employees may be impacted right now:
For Expatriates Living Outside Qatar
- Qatari nationals must leave Bahrain and the UAE within 14 days of June 5, 2017.
- If a flight has been booked through Qatar Airways to travel to any of the countries mentioned above, it is likely that it will be cancelled.
For Expatriates Living in Qatar
- Qatar has not currently implemented any restrictions on nationals of the aforementioned countries living in Qatar. However this situation could change.
What Can Relocation Managers Do Right Now?
Cartus recommends that you:
- Keep in regular contact with HR teams to ensure awareness of this development and the impact when authorizing a relocation.
- Establish a communication strategy to ensure consistency in business and relocation travel planning, access to security teams, employee assistance programs, and immigration counsel.
- Have foreign nationals refrain from travelling on the basis of the Qatar Residence Permit unless they obtain a prearranged visa. For detailed information, please contact your immigration provider.
- Review relocations to the region that are in progress or where shipping routes may be affected due to the closure of borders.
We will continue to monitor the impact of this situation and will provide further information as necessary. Should you have any queries regarding your own mobility program, please contact your Cartus representative or email us at email@example.com.