Earlier, the Ministry of Labour announced expats leaving the country will be exempted from paying fines they have accumulated during their stay in Oman, provided they depart the country permanently. The decision was valid until the end of 2020 but was extended till March 31.

According to the Ministry of Labour, private sector companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic can continue laying off expatriate workers until March 31, 2021.

“Companies can terminate the services of the expat workers provided all past dues are paid to them and with the condition that they leave the country,” a statement from the Ministry said.

This comes at a time when the county is intensifying its Omanisation plans. Last year, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower launched an initiative to increase the Omanisation rates across the country’s expanding tourism, industrial and logistics sectors, so as to provide more employment opportunities to locals in the country.

In 2020, the travel and tourism sectors were asked to meet an Omanisation level of 44.1 per cent, the logistics sector 20 per cent, and the industrial sector 35 per cent.