GCC Reentry Ban For OFWs Deported From Member States

Foreigners, including Filipinos, who have been deported from any member of the Gulf Cooperation Council will not be allowed to enter any other country within the bloc, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said.

The Ministry of Interior of Qatar has issued a circular stipulating that any foreigner deported from any GCC country for running away from sponsors and employers or due to court ruling for various labor violations will be denied entry by other GCC countries, POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said.

GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

“The Ministry of Interior said the circular is in accordance with the resolutions of the Secretary-General of the GCC and the activation of the security link among GCC countries that any violator of labor regulations in one of the GCC countries will be treated as a violator in the other five countries,” Cacdac said.

The measure was aimed at reducing the number of runaway cases and ensure labor market stability within the region.

In addition to ban on entry of labor-related offenses, GCC has an existing order to disallow entry of foreigners deported from any of its members for criminal violations.

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