COVID-free certificate must for going abroad

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:50, Jul 13,2020


All foreign-bound Bangladeshi travellers would require carrying a certificate from appropriate authorities that they are not infected with COVID-19.

The certificates must be collected from a government-approved laboratory after undergoing a coronavirus test there.

The decision was taken in an inter-ministerial meeting on Sunday with foreign minister AK Abdul Momen in the chair. 

The meeting recommended presenting the certificates on websites of the concerned organistions so that the immigration officials can verify authenticity of the document.

The health ministry would prepare a short-list of the laboratories for conducting tests, a senior official who attended the meeting said.

The government would also assign a dedicated testing centre under the expatriate welfare ministry for facilitating tests of the foreign-bound Bangladeshi workers.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research would randomly counter-check the tests conducted for the foreign-bound passengers.

The provisions are expected to be implemented at the earliest with getting approval of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina, officials said.

The government has made the decisions as several countries, including Italy, have imposed restrictions on allowing flights carrying Bangladeshi passengers.  

Health minister Zahid Maleque, expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmed, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, expatriate welfare secretary Ahmed Munirus Salehin and civil aviation and tourism senior secretary M Mohibul Haque also joined the online meeting from their respective places.

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