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Beneficial Rules: Kuwait’s New Work Permits and Transfer Fees to be Enforced From June 1

Tourists and businesses stand to benefit from these changes in several ways

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Published on May 28, 2024, 13:02:50


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The Public Authority for Manpower in Kuwait has announced updates to its automated system, implementing new regulations concerning work permits and transfers starting early June.

These updates entail the introduction of an additional fee of 150 dinars for issuing a work permit for the first time. Furthermore, there is a new transfer fee of 300 dinars for transferring a worker to a different company if the worker has been in the country for less than three years, provided the employer gives their approval.

Tourists, travellers and tourism businesses stand to benefit from these changes in several ways. Firstly, the updated regulations can streamline and clarify the process of obtaining work permits, making it more straightforward for businesses to bring in necessary talent from abroad.

This could enhance operational efficiency for tourism businesses that rely on international expertise.

The imposition of a transfer fee aims to reduce employee turnover, potentially leading to a more stable workforce within the tourism sector. For businesses, this means less time and resources spent on recruiting and training new staff. In turn, tourists can expect more consistent and reliable service, as experienced employees are more likely to stay with their employers longer.

The enforcement of these new fees and regulations by the Public Authority for Manpower reflects Kuwait’s commitment to maintaining a structured and regulated workforce.

This can lead to improved working conditions and better management of foreign labour, which is particularly beneficial for tourism businesses that depend on a mix of local and international staff.

Additionally, the readiness of inspection teams across all governorates to begin their activities in open areas from June 1 demonstrates the government’s proactive approach to ensuring compliance with the new regulations.

For tourists, this means a more organised and secure environment, as businesses adhering to regulations are likely to operate more transparently and effectively.

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