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242 stranded Bangladeshis leave USA for home on special flight

242 stranded Bangladeshis leave USA for home on special flight

A special flight carrying 242 Bangladeshi citizens stranded in the United States amid coronavirus pandemic departed for Bangladesh on Friday night.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin saw off the passengers and wished their safe flight. Embassy officials were present on the occasion, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC.

The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on May 17 (Sunday).The travelling passengers include mostly Bangladeshi students studying in different colleges and universities in the USA, Bangladesh citizens who came to America on tourist and business visa and some government and non-government officials.

The passengers also include 49 school and college students who came to the US under Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) programme.

All traveling passengers got Covid-19 symptom-free medical certificates.

The embassy helped those passengers who could not arrange the medical certificates in cooperation with a pool of Bangladeshi doctors here.

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs chartered the flight of Qatar Airlines on May 4 to bring home the stranded Bangladeshis.

Earlier on March 30, the Bangladesh Embassy in D.C. and the two Consulates General in New York and Los Angeles, on an advice of the Foreign Ministry, circulated a notice through their websites seeking information from the Bangladeshis who had been stranded in the USA amid COVID-19 pandemic.From March 30 to April 30, a large number of stranded Bangladeshi citizens provided their information by email to the Bangladesh Missions showing interest to return home by special flight at their own expenses.