All expatriates with BMET smart cards bound for Saudi Arabia will receive a quarantine grant

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File photo: Migrant workers at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain / Dhaka Tribune

Forms available online and at Probashi Kallyan counters at three international airports

The government has decided to grant a grant of Tk 25,000 to all expatriates going to Saudi Arabia with a smart card from the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) and registered with the Earners’ Welfare Board for help them cover their hotel quarantine expenses in the Gulf Countries.

The money will be sent to the bank accounts of expatriate workers or their representatives of choice, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment said in a statement on Thursday.

Mohammad Rasheduzzaman, deputy personal secretary to the Minister of Expatriate Welfare, said the provision would help reduce the financial burden on migrants to Saudi Arabia.

The government said earlier that migrant workers who were traveling or had previously traveled to the Middle Eastern country would be eligible for financial assistance.


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The ministry then revised this decision and also included new workers traveling to the kingdom’s country.

On May 10, Saudi authorities imposed a new travel warning that all non-nationals traveling to Saudi Arabia who had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 were to self-quarantine for at least seven days. The order went into effect on May 20, according to media reports.

Government grant application forms can be downloaded from the websites of the Ministry of Expatriate Assistance and Overseas Employment, Earners’ Welfare Board and BMET.

The necessary forms are also available at the Probashi Kallyan counters installed in the three international airports of the country.

Migrant workers must submit applications with photocopies of their emigration authorization cards, the first four pages of their passports, visas, airline tickets and hotel reservation receipts.


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