Special flights to Kuwait and Bahrain to resume from April 25

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Operation of special flights for Kuwait and Bahrain-bound Bangladeshi migrant workers stuck in the nations because of suddenly imposed corona lockdown will commence on April 25.

An inter-ministerial meeting on April 22, saw the decision was made for the sake of hundreds of desperate migrants waiting to go to their workplaces in those two Middle Eastern countries.

The migrant workers are waiting to return to their workplaces since April 5, 2021 when the government enforced a nationwide lockdown to curb the sudden rise of coronavirus infections.

Before this, the government has permitted operations to special flights to 5 countries for the migrants.

The inter-ministerial meeting also decided to shorten the institutional quarantine mandatory for the foreign returnees.                                        

The period for quarantine has been shortened from 14 days to 5 days as the selected quarantine venue could not handle the pressure of foreign returnees.

The decision was also made at the meeting that those who have received two doses of corona vaccine and have a corona negative certificate will be spared of the institutional quarantine. They will go home and complete a 14-day home quarantine. The local administration will monitor this.

It was further decided that those who have taken one dose of corona vaccine and have corona negative certificate will be sent to a 3-day mandatory institutional quarantine. After 3 days, they will be tested for COVID-19. If the report comes negative, he/she will be allowed to go home on the condition that they would complete the remaining 11 days in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, stranded Bangladeshis in India can return through using land port, adding that the India-returnees have to complete 14-day mandatory quarantine which will be monitored by local administration.

The meeting was presided over by the foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.

Source:

THE BUSINESS STANDARD

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