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Saturday, 31 May 2014

A Standard Ticketing Policy of a Company in Saudi Arabia

I am reproducing a standard air ticketing policy of a company without disclosing the name of the company below. The purpose of sharing this policy is to give a general idea to the expatriate’s community living in Saudi Arabia about the content of the policy and to better negotiate with employers. It is important to mention here that it is just a sample ticketing policy which is offered by employers to expatriate employees in the market. If you want to know about your rights stipulated in Saudi Labor Law about the tickets, I would suggest you read this link in detail. Recommended: Right of Air Ticket as per Saudi Labor Law


  1. Every expatriate employee is entitled to air-ticket only to his home country.
  2. All the officers of the company are entitled to air-ticket to their home country once in a year.
  3. All other employees of the company are entitled to air-ticket once after two years.
  4. Employees with the family status are entitled to the air-ticket for all their legitimate dependents under his Iqama. Sponsored dependents (Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters) will not be awarded air-ticket.
  5. Encashment of air-ticket is not allowed under any circumstances.
  6. An employee can avail an air-ticket only after completing his first year in the company.
  7. If an employee wants to change the itinerary ticket subsequently in any circumstances, he will have to bear the cost of change of ticket.
  8. Date of Joining of the employee will be taken into account for entitlement of air-ticket.

Standard Procedures to Avail Tickets in the Company

  1. The employee will have to submit a leave form (Form A) to the HR department if he wants to avail leaves. If this leave form is approved by the department head and HR department, he will be eligible for the vacation.
  2. The employee will have to submit a Ticket Form (Form B) to the HR department stating the expected date of his departure and return.
  3. HR department will check that the dates mentioned in the Ticket Form are coinciding with the dates mentioned in the leave form. If everything goes fine, HR department will approve the form.
  4. HR department will be responsible for making the arrangement of tickets and exit re-entry visa
  5. Exit Re-Entry Visa will be issued for a maximum period (60 days) irrespective of the return date of the employee. 
  6. Ticket and Exit Re-Entry visa will be handed over to the employee at least 7 days before his departure.

Job Continuation under Saudi Labor Law
  1. Right of Air Ticket as per Saudi Labor Law
  2. Vacations (Leaves) under Saudi Labor Law
  3. Leave Encashment under Saudi Labor Law
  4. Rules related to Annual Leave under Saudi Labor Law
  5. Weekends are not part of Annual Leave, SR 100,000 fine for Violation

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