United Arab Emirates labor law: everything you need to know about the repatriation ticket

“A repatriation ticket is one of the rights guaranteed by law to a private sector employee in the UAE. The new labor law provides for it in article 13 (12),” said Mohamed Gamal, legal consultant at MG Law, a claims service provider, to Gulf News.

“The law guarantees that the worker obtains a transport ticket to return home or elsewhere in agreement with the employer via the contract or via legal action in the event of the employer’s refusal to provide it”, he said. he adds.

The law guarantees that the worker obtains a title to return home or elsewhere in agreement with the employer through the contract or legal action in the event of the employer’s refusal to provide it.

– Mohamed Gamal, legal consultant at MG Law, provider of claims settlement services

However, there are certain situations in which an employee may not be eligible for a repatriation ticket, according to Priyasha Corrie, partner at Keystone Law Middle East LLP.

“You are not eligible for a repatriation ticket if you join another employer, resign from your job, intend to stay in the UAE, or are terminated for misconduct or any other reason attributed to you,” Corrie said.

You are not eligible for a repatriation ticket if you join another employer, resign from your job, intend to remain in the UAE, or are terminated for misconduct or any other reason attributable to you. assigned.

– Priyasha Corrie, Partner at Keystone Law Middle East LLP

“As such, you are only eligible for a repatriation ticket if your employment has been terminated by the employer, other than for reasons referred to in Section 44 of the UAE Labor Law, and you intend to return to your home country,” Corrie said.

Corrie also advised people to know the difference between the repatriation ticket – which is issued in the cases listed above – and an “annual ticket”.

“Annual airfares are not mandatory under UAE labor law and it is market practice to provide this benefit,” she said.

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