To return to your home country, follow similar steps to "Before the Departure" and close down your household. The peculiarities of repatriating are explored in the article, "The Art and Science of Repatriation".
If you have a Work Residence Permit you must obtain an exit permit to leave Qatar, even if leaving temporarily. If you have a Family Residence Visa you do not need an exit permit. To obtain an exit permit apply in person, online, or at a self-service kiosk through the Ministry of Interior's Passports and Airport Security Department.
You must submit:
When leaving Qatar you should also close down any bank accounts you have in the country. You should begin closing your bank accounts 30 to 45 days before you leave the country.
Remember to cancel any automatic payments, close your credit card account at least 30 days before departure, and pay off any bank debts or loans. If you are moving money outside Qatar, you should also do this well in advance of your departure to allow for international banking processing times.
Before you leave Qatar you must also disconnect your utility services. To disconnect your utilities:
Once your utilities are disconnected you will receive a Clearance Certificate and your utilities deposit will be refunded to you (upon presentation of a deposit receipt). Your landlord may require your Clearance Certificate as proof of bills paid.
You should also contact your telecommunications provider to cancel your Internet, mobile, and TV contracts. A cancellation fee may apply if you are terminating a contract before its end date.
If you are exporting your car when leaving Qatar, you will need the following documents for customs clearance:
If you are exporting your pets when leaving Qatar, you must obtain the following documentation for your travels. These are minimum requirements, and you should verify the particular regulations of the specific country you are travelling to:
In tandem with shutting down your foreign house, you need to prepare your next location. This may include finding work, searching for a new apartment or house, or preparing your house to be re-occupied.
A visa may be necessary depending on your status with research and time needed to acquire the proper documents. Be sure to consider the needs of your family.
If you have children, you will need to find the right school and arrange for their records to be transferred. Expat-Quotes provides an extensive listing of international schools (select the country and then city guide).
To prepare for your move, refer to our Expat Guides. Best of luck!
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