179 Bangladeshi expats stuck in Muscat airport03 May 2021
News Desk :
A total of 179 Bangladeshi expatriates are stuck at the Muscat International Airport after Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) added Oman to a list of 12 countries from which passengers would not be allowed to enter Bangladesh as part of the country's Covid-19 containment measures.
Two special flights from Muscat to Dhaka had to be cancelled yesterday night due to the new directive issued in a circular yesterday.
The Bangladeshi community in Oman has demanded lifting of the travel ban as their return to the country for Eid-ul-Fitr has been plunged into uncertainty.
Passengers at the airport said no one was aware of Caab's new instructions given only a few hours before the scheduled flights.
One of the suspended flights is that of Oman Air, which had 37 passengers, and the other was Salam Air with 142 passengers.
Passengers at the airport said Oman cannot be listed as a high-risk country -- although the infection rate has increased slightly over the last few days, it is not as uncontrolled as other countries on the list. Moreover, Oman is not on the list of high-risk countries of the world at the moment, the passengers said.