Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health sets rules on issuance of certificates, plus labour rules depending on countries of origin

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced its procedures for issuing birth certificates and death certificates during Eid al-Adha holiday. Requests for these documents shall be done electronically during this time. For instance, the issuance of birth certificates for newborns during the holiday can only be made through the registration link on the MoPH website. These can then be collected at the Newborn Registration Office of the Women’s Health and Research Centre.

Should you need to arrange your schedules for pick-up after requesting these documents, do note that receiving certificates will only be entertained from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Alternatively, you can have them delivered via Qatar Post.

As for the death certificate issuance services, these will be provided at the Office of Humanitarian Services in accordance with the MoPH’s rules during the Eid al-Adha holiday from 8:00 am until noon.

In other news, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Qatar has declared domestic labour to be allowed from seven countries, including the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to name a few. Recruitment of domestic workers from these countries will still, of course, be subject to strict health precautions in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Qatari General Directorate of Passports, these countries include the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Eritrea. The Ministry of Administrative Development and Labour has also announced last year that it will be resuming the processing of applications from migrant workers.

Of course, recruitment applications will still be in accordance with the specific regulations of the law as well as judged on a case-by-case basis. This will also include the assessment of whether or not the hiring company is adhering to pay obligations along one year. Other factors include the hiring company’s provision of appropriate residence for the employees that it shall hire.

Furthermore, the labour entry policy will also depend on the travel-and-return rules as declared by the committee or task force on the COVID-19 crisis. All these protective measures are in place in order to prevent the further spread of the virus, as well as to keep citizens safe. Other measures that have been implemented in the past include coronavirus-control restrictions such as a reduction of the government workforce down to 50%, shutting down theatres, closing cinemas, and keeping barbershops and beauty salons from opening. These shut-downs also include public libraries and museums.

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