According to a new decree announced by the Ministry of Health, the cost of medical exams for expats in Oman will increase by 200% from February.
When applying for a residency, expats and their families will have to pay $78 (OMR30) instead of $26 (OMR10) for their medical exams. They will also have to pay $5 (OMR2) or a sick leave and medication exam certificate issued from abroad.
Similarly, Omanis who marry abroad are required to pay $52 (OMR20) for their medical exam.
This step is the latest in a series of changes in line with the country’s Omanisation plan, which is targetted at minimizing the number of working expats in Oman to offer more jobs for locals.
This month, Oman mentioned its expat visa ban, which at present limits expat jobs for 87 professions, could be extended depending on local job market requirements. The six-month ban will expire at the end of January 2019, but may be extended for another half year.
The decision will depend on the success of offering job opportunities in 87 professions to locals.
From February 2018, Ministry of Manpower offered 25,000 jobs to young Omanis. Around 40,000 Omanis were also provided jobs in private sector companies as part of the government’s Omanisation policy.
Oman at present has around two million expats living and working in Oman, out of which 1.8 million are employed.
Indians remain the country’s largest expat segment with 664,227 workers, then comes Bangladesh at 663,618 and Pakistan at 219,901.
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