Govt sets 3 more land ports for India returnees from May 16

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 23:15, May 12,2021


Bangladesh government has decided to allow Bangladeshi returnees to come back home from India through three more land ports from May 16.

The three additional designated land ports are:  Darshana in Chuadanga district, Hili in Dinajpur district and Sonamasjid in Chapainawabganj district.

'Considering the suffering of the Bangladeshis still stranded in India, three more land ports would be opened for entry by Bangladeshis from India into Bangladesh from 16 May 2021 in addition to Benapole, Burimari and Akhaura' landnports,’ foreign ministry in Dhaka said in a press release.

A decision in this regard was taken in an inter-ministerial meeting in Dhaka on Wednesday.

The government might temporarily suspend the entry of the potential returnees through the Benapole land port as the facilities for quarantine to prevent the spread of Covid-19 under the Jessore district administration were exhausted, the ministry said.

The government requested the Bangladeshi travellers to follow the guidance of Bangladesh Missions in India in this regard.

All other restrictions and conditions imposed previously would remain in effect.

With instructions of the government, the Bangladesh missions in India have now suspended issuing no-objection certificate on crossing the border into Bangladesh untill May 16. 

Foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen presided over the meeting attended by Bangladesh high commissioner to India, designated senior officials of foreign, home, health and other ministries, Cabinet Division and officials of relevant district administrations.

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