Reuters reported last week that some expats in Qatar had had their leave cancelled and their travel restricted as a result of the ongoing diplomatic rift. In the Gulf region, foreign workers are required to get consent from their employer before changing jobs or leaving the country.

This recent development is something to keep in mind if you or your clients are visiting or working in the region.

From Reuters and the New York Times

Qatar Expats Say Leave Canceled, Travel Restricted After Arab Rift

“I was told not to travel. My exit permit and holiday was canceled,” said a British expatriate at one of the state-owned group’s subsidiaries.

A spokesman for Qatar Petroleum said that due to the sanctions on Qatar “a few selected critical employees may have been asked to postpone their leave for operational reasons at their discretion.”

He said all expatriate and Qatari staff could still apply for leave by following standard procedures but did not mention exit permits.

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