On November 15, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said passengers returning home from foreign countries must show Covid-19 negative certificates at the immigration
More than 100 Bangladeshis including cancer patients became stuck at Benapole check-post for not having Covid-19 negative certificates while returning from India.
The immigration police said, on November 19, the government gave instruction to passengers returning from abroad to get Covid-19 negative certificates within seven days.
The certificate will be valid for 72 hours, it added.
Benapole check-post was closed to the returnees without Covid-19 certificate on Friday following the direction.
The stranded passengers said they went to India with a Covid-19 negative certificate but they did not know they would have to get the same certificate from India to enter Bangladesh.
Benapole Checkpost Immigration Health Officer Dr Bichitra Mallik said: “We are unable to go against the government direction.”
However, a special direction may come regarding those who reached the check-post on Friday, Benapole International Checkpost Immigration Officer-in-Charge Ahsan Habib said.
On November 15, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said passengers returning home from foreign countries must show Covid-19 negative certificates at the immigration.