Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Raganesh

All foreign maids who wish to work in the United Arab Emirates will be required to submit a certificate of good conduct from June 1 onward.

The UAE government said the requirement would apply to persons applying for their first job in the country and those wanting to switch jobs, Gulf News reported.

“Expatriate workers planning to switch jobs will now have to produce certificates of good conduct from the local police,” the government said. As for those planning to work in the UAE for the first time, they will need to obtain a good-conduct certificate from their home countries.

The government started mandatory security for foreign workers in early February, but Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers were initially exempted. That exemption will be rescinded on June 1, and security screening will be mandatory for all workers to ensure the safety of the employees as well as their employers, it said.