Efforts on to regularise Bangladeshis in Bahrain

Says Foreign Ministry

Staff Correspondent

19 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has requested Bahrain to regularise the irregular Bangladeshis or renew their visas which have expired amid Covid-19.

Besides, the government is trying to send Bangladeshis, who have been stranded in Bangladesh since their return to the country on vacation before the coronavirus outbreak, back to Bahrain, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday.

Bangladesh Mission in Bahrain is communicating with the Bahrain government constantly, it added.

The Bahrain government has regularised visas of 30,000 Bangladeshis amid the Covid-19 pandemic under the nine-month general amnesty from April to December last year with 25,000 more irregular Bangladeshis there.

The ministry said the Bahrain government did not send back any Bangladeshi forcibly during the pandemic.

Bangladeshis returned home either willingly or due to Covid-19 situation, it said.

The MoFA said the Bahrain government only deported those Bangladeshis who were in prison or in deportation camps under a general amnesty.

Bangladeshi expatriates, who returned home before the pandemic and whose visas expired, were urged to register online with the Bangladesh Mission in Manama to renew their visas.

Only 967 Bangladeshi expatriates registered online so far, the press release said.

Those who have not applied for registration still have scope to register online to renew their visas, it said.

Bangladesh Mission in Manama has already submitted the list to Bahrain Foreign Ministry, requesting to consider their cases.

MoFA said the Bangladesh government is discussing through diplomatic channels to resume visas for Bangladeshis which have been remaining halted since 2018.