Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said the government will help Bangladeshi expatriates to manage hotel accommodation in Saudi Arabia for their mandatory quarantine there, reports UNB.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines or the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment will make a list of those who are going to Saudi Arabia.

"The mission will help them get hotels, if necessary the ministry will subsidise the costs if it's high," he told reporters conveying that prime minister Sheikh Hasina has directed them to help expatriates to get hotel accommodation.

Momen said there is a proposal to ensure vaccination under a special arrangement for the expatriates in the Middle East who are above 20 years old and going to countries like Saudi Arabia to avoid quarantine there. "We'll discuss it tomorrow. We're thinking of it. Let's see."

He said anybody can go for home quarantine in Saudi Arabia if he or she is vaccinated and has a Covid negative certificate.

The foreign minister expressed displeasure saying there are too many media reports though only 13 persons got infected with the Indian variant of coronavirus and only one person was infected with black fungus resulting in placement of Bangladesh in red list by many countries and suspension of flights.