32 expats fail to go to Saudi for doing Covid-19 test at pvt hosp
Published: 10:14 PM, 26 September 2020
32 expatriates could not go to Saudi Arabia as they did the Covid-19 test from private institutions, not from government-designated PCR labs.
According to airport sources, the 32 passengers went to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) with the coronavirus certificate but were not given boarding cards by Saudi Arabian Airlines. Leaving them behind, the SV-3807 flight left the airport at around 6:30 pm on Saturday.
According to the government announcement, expatriates will have to test Covid-19 from 14 government medical colleges and institutions. Bangladeshis are going abroad after testing accordingly. The government has also set up a DNCC Corona Sample Collection Booth in Mohakhali for Saudi Arabian passengers.
Earlier, the airlines had said that Saudi-bound passengers would have to arrive at the airport within 48 hours with coronavirus-negative reports. Six copies of Covid-19 negative results must be kept with passengers.
Besides, counting will begin in 48 hours from the time of sample collection. Passengers must enter Saudi Arabia in compliance with the Covid-19 health protection controls and measures issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
However, no official of Saudi Arabian Airlines could be reached for comment on the non-receipt of boarding cards of 32 expatriates.