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Earlier, the government suspended operation of all domestic and international passenger flights to restrict the spread of Covid-19 in the country for the duration of the ‘all-out lockdown’ that came into effect on 14 April.

The recruiting agencies concerned are responsible for bringing the overseas workers with Covid-19 negative certificates to the airport and they’ll have to follow health guidelines as well
Imran Ahmad, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister

However, the special flight services will allow overseas workers currently stuck in Bangladesh for whatever reason to return to their places of work amid the suspension of regular flights.

“Special flights will be arranged for the overseas workers who have got stuck in the country following the government’s strict lockdown. Bangladeshis who work in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Singapore can leave the country under the special arrangements,” expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmad told the news agency on Wednesday.

“The five countries are still open for Bangladeshis as there is no problem in those countries,” he said.

“The recruiting agencies concerned are responsible for bringing the overseas workers with Covid-19 negative certificates to the airport and they’ll have to follow health guidelines as well,” the minister said.

Answering to a query about how many workers have got stuck, the minister said: “It’s difficult to say about the exact number but it might be around 25,000-30,000 as the recruiting agencies claim.”

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