KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
A D V I S O R Y
Revised Regulation of Residence of Foreign Nationals in Iran
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has recently informed the Philippine Government through the Embassy of the Philippines in Iran in a Note Verbale No. 721/3170 dated 22 April 2006 that the fine for overstaying foreign nationals, including Filipinos, in Iran has been increased from 170,000 IRR (nearly US$20.00) per day to 300,000 IRR (about US$33.00). This immigration regulation of residence of foreign nationals in Iran is strictly enforced by Iran’s Disciplinary Force, which is roughly the equivalent of the former Philippine Constabulary.
The Embassy of the Philippines in Iran has also reported that it is impossible for foreign nationals who plan to work as domestic helpers to secure for themselves work and residence permits in Iran, as the Labor Ministry only allows foreign nationals in some sectors, like construction. However, these workers are hired directly by foreign contractors that have projects in Iran.
For this reason, the Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh would like to advice all Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents who are currently in the Kingdom, particularly domestic helpers, to refrain from going to Iran as tourists or under visit visas with the intention of seeking employment thereat.
21 May 2006