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Bahrain removes Bangladesh from red list; Maldives gifts over 2 lakh AZ jabs: FM

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 8th October, 2021 01:45:35 PM
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Bahrain removes Bangladesh from red list; Maldives gifts over 2 lakh AZ jabs: FM

Bahrain has removed Bangladesh from its Covid-19 travel red list, removing any bar from flights to resume between the two countries.

The decision will be effective from Sunday (10 October), said Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen in the morning.

"Everyday hundreds of Bangladeshis who returned from Bahrain ask when Bahrain would open up. Today we have a good news. Bahrain decided to remove Bangladesh from red list countries starting from 10 October 2021," said the minister.

Earlier, Bangladeshi Ambassador to Bahrain Md Nazrul Islam said in a tweet that Bangladeshis will be able to travel to the country from October 10.

“Thanks to the Corona Task Force team of the Kingdom of Bahrain removing Bangladesh from the red list countries starting from 10 October 2021,” he tweeted.

Starting October 10, migrant workers who were unable to return due to the travel ban, can go back to Bahrain.

In another development, the foreign minister said that Bangladesh has been added to the UK government's list of approved Covid-19 vaccines and the countries with approved Covid-19 proof of vaccination.

The approval will be effective from 4am Monday (11 October), according to an announcement from the UK's Department for Transport.

“Good news. Bangladesh vaccine certification is now recognized by British authorities. Our Mission contacted them and described our processes and now they recognize our vaccine certification, which will be effective from 4am Monday, 11 October 2021,” the minister said.

Previously, on September 17, the United Kingdom removed Bangladesh from the travel red list.

Dr Ak Abdul Momen also informed media that Maldives donated 2,00, 600 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh as a token of friendship.