Indians coming to Qatar should ensure certain things before their visit. Below is a check List provided by the Government of India, for Indians getting employed in Qatar, related to the Drug trafficking, medicines, other banned items, recruiting agent's fees, what to do on arrival, no contract on arrival, identity documents, labour complaints, ladies, traffic, vehicle insurance, agricultural farm workers, shepherds and how to register with the Embassy.
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Carrying drugs and other narcotic substances entails very harsh sentence in Qatar. You must be extremely careful not to accept any gift or packet or any item from anyone, not even from close relatives, while coming to Qatar. The baggage that you have both checked in baggage and hand baggage, should not have any open pockets on the outside in which packets can be pushed in by anyone.
If you are under medication and if you are carrying certain prescribed medicines you must have doctor's prescription in original and the medicines should be carried along with its original packing and literature so that custom authorities can easily identify them.
You must know that religious literature, liquor, obscene video cassettes and other obscene literature are banned in Qatar and you are liable for punishment if detected carrying them. Get to know, the exact rules of customs from your agent especially about prohibited articles.
In many cases, recruiting agents are charging exorbitant amount of fees from the workers. The company or person recruiting you would in any case be paying a handsome amount to the agent. If at all any amount is to be paid to the agent it should be reasonable and you should not be asked to take a loan, sell land or pawn your property / jewellery to pay the agent. Do not get carried away by the green pastures that the recruiting agents show to prospective candidates coming to Qatar. Please be careful while befriending anyone on your way to Qatar. You may be cheated and put into serious trouble by such people.
You must be aware of how to use telephones at the airports in case you are stranded at the airport or any other place you should be able to ring up your employer or the person who is in-charge, with whom you should have already talked from India, and inform him about your situation.
Do not sign another contract on arrival in Qatar, especially if the terms and conditions are inferior to what you signed in India or if it is in a language that you do not understand.
Ladies who are coming to Qatar to work as house workers, beautician, nurses, teachers, etc., should be very careful about the place where they are supposed to work and the conditions of their employment, specially if they are coming alone.
Kindly note that in Qatar, the traffic moves on the right side (as against left side in India) of the road. It takes some time to get used to it. The number of deaths due to traffic accidents in QAtar is high. Pedestrians and bicycle riders have to be particularly cautious while on roads.
Please note that under administration of justice in Qatar is carried out under the Islamic Shariat Laws which are very stringent. Accordingly, the person held responsible for causing damage / injury / death in a traffic accident is liable to pay compensation. It is, therefore, advisable to have comprehensive insurance for yourself and your vehicle.
Such categories of workers are not covered under the Qatari Labour Law. The living conditions for them are severe since they have to live in remote farms and work in deserts. The wages for farm workers / shepherds are low.
Once you arrive in Qatar, it is always desirable to register with the lndian Embassy in Doha, so that in case of need or when you are in distress, the Mission officials are able to help you.