Govt doing its best for foreigners

Diplomatic Correspondent

6 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government has put forth its best efforts to help out the foreign citizens and permanent residents stranded in Bangladesh.

“Government has extended its wholehearted cooperation to the foreign missions in Dhaka who sought assistance to take their citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) keen to stand by their family members during this crisis period,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement on Sunday.

Elaborating the efforts and initiatives taken by the government, it said so far the government has facilitated six special flights including two flights to USA consisting of over 900 passengers.  

Most of them being regular visitors arriving in Bangladesh before the COVID-19 outbreak became stranded as the regular flight operations were suspended. As they started to contact the embassies and request for the repatriation, embassies undertook measures in collaboration with the government to arrange charter flights.  

About 85 percent of USA-bound passengers are Bangladeshi-born US citizens and PRs who traveled to reunite with their families and accompany them during the time when they need them most. A significant number of PRs had to travel back to USA before the deadline period, a legal obligation that needs to be obliged by all PRs, reads the Foreign Ministry statement.