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Coronavirus: Bangladesh extends supports to missions in repatriating foreigners

  • Published at 04:43 pm April 5th, 2020
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So far the government has facilitated six special flights including two flights to the United States consisting of over 900 passengers

Amidst the outbreak of coronavirus, the government has said that it remains committed to providing adequate health facilities and support to Bangladeshi permanent residents of different countries and the foreigners, especially foreign diplomats and their families, living in the country.

“The government of Bangladesh has put forth its best efforts to help out the foreign citizens and permanent residents (PR) stranded in Bangladesh. The government has extended its wholehearted cooperation to the foreign missions in Dhaka who sought assistance to take their citizens and PRs keen to stand by their family members during this crisis period,” a foreign ministry press statement said on Sunday.

So far the government has facilitated six special flights including two flights to the United States consisting of over 900 passengers. Most of them being regular visitors arriving in Bangladesh before the COVID-19 outbreak became stranded as the regular flight operations were suspended. As they started to contact the embassies and request for the repatriation, embassies undertook measures in collaboration with the government to arrange charter flights.

About 85 per cent of US-bound passengers are Bangladeshi-born US citizens and PRs who travel to reunite with their families and accompany them during the time when they need them most. A significant number of PRs had to travel back to the USA before the deadline period, a legal obligation that needs to be obliged by all PRs.

A large number of Japanese and Russians who have left and are in the process of leaving were engaged in different projects, which are currently not in operation. So these experts and consultants have decided to join their families as currently they do not have much work. As soon as the situation normalises, all of them are expected to return.

Among other cases, a good number of foreign students studying in Bangladesh have flown back and are in the process of leaving Bangladesh as all the educational institutions are presently closed.

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