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Nepal offers free flights for UAE expats looking to travel home

Nepalese workers who want to fly home to help bury family members killed in the earthquake can apply to the embassy for support

Nepal offers free flights for UAE expats looking to travel home
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Nepal has agreed to cover the airfare of any Nepalese expat workers in the UAE who want to travel home to bury their loved ones who were killed in the earthquakes in recent weeks.

“If somebody has lost an immediate family member and wants to go, the embassy will give them a letter so they can get a two-way ticket reimbursed in Nepal,” Dhananjay Jha, Nepal's ambassador to the UAE, told 7DAYS newspaper.

Those applying for the free tickets must provide a death certificate for their family member to qualify for the tickets.

The move comes after the Nepal Embassy in the UAE last week called on employers to grant compassionate leave to Nepalese staff affected by the earthquake.

The embassy has reportedly been deluged with calls and emails from Nepali workers who claim their employers have denied their requests for leave.

Anxious Nepalis have asked for consular assistance in convincing their bosses to let them fly back to Nepal to check on their families – many of whom were left homeless by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25.

In one case, a housemaid claimed her boss wouldn’t let her go home to bury her sons who were killed in the quake, it was reported.

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