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Expatriate Healthcare News: Expats travelling to Bhutan 'will be allowed in after lifting of foreign worker ban'

More expatriate workers will be allowed to find jobs in Bhutan after the country’s labour department lifted a month-long suspension on foreign workers during the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Summit.

Kuensel newspaper said the lifting of the ban was to help complete construction work for contractors in the three dzongkhags, or districts, of Thimphu, Paro and Haa.

"The restriction for the movement of labour was imposed for security reason[s]," director-general of labour Pema Wangda told the paper.

"Workers were prohibited to pass through Tanalung police check post at Chapcha, but they were allowed to travel to places other than Thimphu, Paro and Haa."

Expatriates were also stopped from entering the country over the month-long restriction period, leading some companies with concerns that construction work would not be completed because of held-up employees.

Of Bhutan’s 47,000-strong foreign workforce, the paper said some 42,300 work in the construction industry across the country.

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