The Optional Insurance System
In coordination between the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Insurance Association, the optional insurance system has been implemented which is catered to cover domestic expatriate employees. The insurance policy will be available to employers recruiting domestic expatriate employees directly or through licensed employment offices (intermediaries) with employers having the option to insure their domestic expatriate employees or not.
Contributes to providing the greatest degree of protection for the employer and the domestic expatriate employee, and aims to compensate for the following cases:
|No.||Coverage||Limit (in BHD)||Benefit|
|1||Death due to any cause||3,000||
|2||Permanent Partial or Total Disability due to accident||1,500||
|3||Critical Illness (Cancer, Heart Attack, Stroke)||500|
|4||Medical Expenses due to Accident||500||
|5||Mortal Remains Repatriation||1,000||
|6||Absence from work in violation to the terms of the work Permit||
Three different categories will be available to employers to choose from, where the price of the insurance policy ranges between BHD 40 to BHD 120 for a period of 12 months, and between BHD 60 to BHD 180 for a period of 24 months, depending on the validity period of the required work permit.
It is worth noting that the difference in the price of the insurance policy comes based on the employer's choice of the amount of coverage in the event that the domestic expatriate employee leaves work in violation of the terms of the permit, with remaining the benefits mentioned in items 1 to 5 for all categories.
Categories covered by insurance:
- With the issuing of the new work permit.
- With the renewal of the work permit.
- During the validity of the work permit.
The insurance policy is activated as soon as the expatriate employee enters the country, and if the expatriate employee is present in the country, the insurance policy is activated as soon as his work permit is issued.
Companies providing insurance services:
This insurance policy is developed for the domestic expatriate employees in coordination between the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Insurance Association. The policy is subject to the regulations and procedures of the Central Bank of Bahrain, and Solidarity Bahrain represents a number of insurance companies in selling and issuing the policy and receiving claims.
The mechanism of purchasing the insurance policy:
Insurance policy for Domestic Expatriate Employees can be purchased electronically or by visiting any branch of Solidarity in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
For more information about Domestic Expatriate Employees, kindly visit Domestic Expatriate Employees and Their Equivalents
Last Update: Thursday 16 March 2023