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Oman has seen an unprecedented fall in the number of expats as more and more leave due to economic conditions brought about by the pandemic. Image Credit: AFP

Muscat: The Indian and Bangladeshi embassies in Oman are taking initiatives to help their citizens for a smooth repatriation process in the wake of Oman’s Ministry of Labour’s announcement exempting residents from all fees and fines arising from work permits. The Labour Ministry had announced a deadline of December 31 this year for final exit to get exemption from resident permits and related fines.

Anuj Swarup, Second Secretary, at Indian Embassy in Oman, informed Gulf News that for those Indian residents who wish to travel and do not have a passport with them the Indian Embassy will issue a travel permit. He also said close to a hundred people have been registering each day as part of the procedures for travelling back to India.

Some of these people have lost their passports while the passports of others are in the possession of their Omani sponsors.

Mohammed Towhid, Manager of Bangladesh Social Club told Gulf News there has been a huge rush at the embassy premises the last few days as people are scampering to leave. “With flights getting full faster now, they have to ensure their date of travel before end of this year and secure a seat as well. For Bangladeshi residents who do not have the passport with them, the embassy is issuing a travelling permit.

“The travel permit secured from the embassy has to be submitted for approval with the Ministry of Labour. Once the approval comes through, the passenger along with the travel documents, including confirmed ticket and the mandatory PCR report, has to reach the airport seven to eight hours before the departure time. At the airport, one has to go the Labour Ministry’s counter for the final exit procedures.”