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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

24 Countries Around the World that are Off-Limits to OFWs this 2018

The new year is here and many of us are pursuing the dream to work abroad or to become Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).    If you are looking for jobs abroad, you should be wary of applying in this following countries where deployment ban is still in effect due to unstable security and economic conditions for OFWs.
The new year is here and many of us are pursuing the dream to work abroad or to become Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). 

If you are looking for jobs abroad, you should be wary of applying in this following countries where deployment ban is still in effect due to unstable security and economic conditions for OFWs.

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According to POEA the advisory is in effect to all land-based deployment and will remain valid unless updated by new issuances.

Here are the following countries where total deployment ban is in effect;

  • Afghanistan
  • Somalia
  • Sudan except for Khartoum and Kenana Sugar Plantation in the White Nile
  • Rwanda
  • Burundi
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Iraq
  • The Chechnya Republic
A total deployment ban covers all skills categories and applies to both new hires and rehires.
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Four countries with existing partial deployment ban

  • South Sudan
  • Iraqi Kurdistan Region
  • Libya
  • Ukraine

While new hires are banned from going to countries with partial deployment ban, rehires or returning OFWs are still allowed to work there provided they comply with certain conditions from the government.

(Please See the POEA Advisory No. 21 Dated Dec. 6, 2017)

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On the other hand, the POEA has issued another conditional deployment restriction to Palau but only covers Filipino household services workers (HSW). Accordingly, HSW was not given suitable working condition by their employer in the said country.

Meanwhile, the following are 11 countries that are not certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as compliant to Republic Act 10022 or the Amended Migrant Workers Act.

  • Afghanistan
  • Chad
  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Haiti
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Palestine
  • Somalia
  • Zimbabwe.
Under RA 10022 POEA cannot deploy OFWs in countries without any DFA certification.

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