Home News How to Process "Early Leave" for Private Sector Employees to Return to...

How to Process “Early Leave” for Private Sector Employees to Return to their Home Countries

Private sector employees/workers who wish to return to their home countries can file for an “early leave”. This announcement was made by UAE authorities as part of the country’s humanitarian efforts in these challenging times.

Also Read: MOHRE Issues Decree Allowing Private Companies to Adjust Employee Contract, Grant Unpaid Leaves, Deduct Salaries

According to Emirates News Agency, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in cooperation with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the General Civil Aviation Authority, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, has launched the ‘Early Leave‘ initiative.

Also Read: 24/7 for 2 Weeks, Follow Rules as Dubai Imposes Sterilization Program

early leave uae

UAE “Early Leave” – Employees in Private Sector Can File for Annual Leave or Request for Unpaid Leave to Go Home

The initiative aims to enable residents who work in the private sector and wish to return to their home countries to do so during the period of precautionary measures undertaken in the UAE to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Employees will be asked to submit their annual leave dates or agree with their employers on unpaid leave.

The initiative is part of the humanitarian efforts of the UAE’s wise leadership in meeting the needs of residents seeking to return to their home countries and supporting them in these difficult times.

early leave uae procedure

Procedures of Enabling Foreign Workers to Leave the UAE and Return to their Home Country(Early Leave)

1. Specify the leave duration by signing an additional temporary form for the job contract available on MOHRE smart app and website, during the implementation of precautionary measures to limit coronavirus spread.

2. Booking a round trip ticket for the employee

3. The contractual relationship between the employee and the employer must continue. The early leave is considered unpaid leave, provided that all workers’ entitlements are saved, as per the labour law.

4. The leave ends, after the employee is back to work, and the precautionary period is over.

5. Work residencies for those who went back to their countries will be renewed automatically if they are expired even if they are not back in the UAE.

how to apply early leave uae initiative

Below is the Tweet from MOHRE regarding the process:

We're on YouTube!
Please subscribe to the Dubai OFW YouTube Channel for updates and tips!

Get FREE Dubai Updates by entering your email address:

Don't forget to check your email to activate your subscription!


Deliciously Hot! Famous Food Vloggers Try Out Double Spicy Korean Fire Noodles

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a hot and spicy Korean fire noodle challenge going around, and it’s bound to the test the limits...

6 Best Keyboard and Mouse Combos for Your Home Office

Are you one of the many people who are currently working from home? If so, then most likely you have set up your very...

Welcome Your Guests with these Eye-Catching Doormats

Right before a visitor steps inside your house, the very first thing they see is your… doormat! The doormat enables people to scrub or...

Decorate Your Kids’ Bedroom for AED 35 and below

Furnishing and decorating your home allows you to unleash your creativity and personal style. And since each room has its own unique purpose, you...

7 Top Selling Chairs for Your Home Office

Are you one of the many people who are working from home amid the current health crisis? If so, then you need to make...

7 Computer Tables for People Who Work from Home

Due to the current health crisis, most people are obligated to stay at home and go out only when absolutely necessary, such as when...

Keep Your Shoes Organized with these Storage Solutions

How many pairs of shoes, sandals, and slippers do you have? Most likely you have three or more, depending on your daily activities. Multiply...