500 stranded Indian nationals return home

Published : 21 Aug 2020 09:03 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 09:44 AM

About 500 Indian nationals stranded in Bangladesh due to corona lockdown have returned to their homeland through Jashore’s Benapole check post after about 5 months on Friday.

Meanwhile, 12 Bangladeshi citizens have returned to the country from India on Friday. On the first day, a huge crowd of travelers was seen in the check post area.

Immigration sources said, the stranded Indian men and women returned home on Thursday and Friday afternoon.  233 Indian national returned home on Thursday and 267 returned home on Friday through the port. To combat the corona pandemic, the Indian government has banned traveling to India through Benapole International Check post for everyone.

After four long months and twenty-three days, the stranded Indian citizens have started returning home fulfilling the conditions given by Indian government including taking online registration from the Indian High Commission.

In the case of Bangladeshi nationals, they have to take visa after July 1, 2020 and bring a covid-19 negative certificate. However, in case expired visa, they have to bring the permission of the Indian High Commission and get the covid-19 no objection certificate.

Benapole Immigration OC Ahsan Habib said about 500 Indian nationals stranded in Bangladesh have returned home in two days. All passengers will be able to travel to India if the conditional documents are correct.