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No boarding passes if SA returnees not fully vaccinated: FM Momen

Foreign Minister Abdul Momen on Thursday said those who are returning from South Africa will not get boarding passes if they are not fully vaccinated and fail to show Covid negative report.

“Biman doesn’t operate flights to Africa, if any flight of other airlines comes here the travellers won’t get boarding passes unless they are fully vaccinated and have Covid negative certificate,” he said.

“They’ll have to stay in a 14-day institutional quarantine upon arrival,“ said the minister while talking to reporters over the Omicron scare after attending a programme at Salutika in Sylhet.

Momen said all the missions have been asked to discourage Bangladeshis staying in Africa and the adjacent countries not to travel to Bangladesh now. “However, Bangladesh is ready to face the situation,” he added.

City Mayor Ariful Haq Chowdhury, among others, attended the programme.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday urged the expatriates, especially those living in Africa, to avoid travel and stay in their respective workplaces.

“People coming from Africa must undergo a14-day quarantine. If 20,000 people from Africa come to the country at a time, then it won’t be possible to put them under institutional quarantine,” he said.

Omicron has spread in different parts of Africa and the new variant has been detected in some European countries, including the UK.