The government has decided to start special flights to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and Singapore to ensure that migrant workers can reach their destinations, even though international flights have been suspended due to the “strict lockdown” that went into effect from today across the country.
The decision was taken today at an online meeting chaired by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, and attended by secretaries to the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism; Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority and Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh.
At the end of the meeting, secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ahmed Munirush Salehin told the meeting had made three major decisions. The Civil Aviation Authority has been asked to ensure a detailed work plan to launch special flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Singapore, so that expatriate workers can travel. In addition, recruiting agencies have to take the responsibility of bringing passengers to the airport in compliance with the health rules, including the coronavirus negative certificate.
The secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment also said that in case of emergency, the expatriate workers can get clearance from the concerned Bangladesh mission and come to the country with the Covid-19 negative certificate subject to the applicable quarantine conditions.
On April 11, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) decided to suspend all international and domestic flights for a week from April 14. On April 12, the Cabinet Division issued a notification regarding strict restrictions.