Saudi govt extends Iqama for 24 days...

Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

Saudi govt extends Iqama for 24 days

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:23 PM, 23 September 2020   Updated: 11:09 AM, 24 September 2020

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At the request of the Bangladesh government, the government of Saudi Arabia has extended the Iqama for another 24 days from September 22 for Bangladeshi expatriates staying in the country.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam confirmed the matter in status from his own verified Facebook page on Wednesday. 

“There was a four-day extended holiday in Saudi Arabia. Opened today. Those who seek Saudi Arabia should know this (no ‘Student Rights Movement’ should know this),” he wrote in the status quo. 

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs further wrote that the Saudi government has taken the following decisions at our request – 

Iqama’s term has been extended to the last day of the Arabic Safar month (24 more days from today). Bangladesh Biman has been allowed to operate a total of four flights a week to Riyadh and Jeddah. The visa office of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dhaka will be open from Sunday – Where consular services will be provided as per new rules related to Covid-19.

Noted that Saudi expatriate workers have been chasing plane tickets for the last few days to go to work. They even blocked the road from time to time and rushed to the ministry for tickets.

In such a situation, Bangladesh has written to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to extend the work permit and visa for the stranded expatriates in the country.  

In the letter, Bangladesh requested to extend Iqama or Visa for three months to suit the needs of Bangladeshi citizens.