Saturday, March 31, 2012

OFWs need work permit to enter Egypt

Filipinos planning to work in Egypt need to get an employment visa before departure, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said yesterday.

Cacdac said the Philippine Embassy in Cairo has reported that the Passports, Emigration and Nationality Administration Office of Egypt has required foreigners to secure proper working permits or visas and not tourist or entry visas prior to being deployed to work in Egypt.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said a tourist or entry visa issued by the Egyptian Embassy in Manila or any country cannot be converted into work permit upon arrival in Egypt.

The new ruling is implemented to curb human trafficking into Egypt and to lessen the influx of tourist workers thereby protecting the jobs of Egyptian nationals.

Source: POEA

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