Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has sent a letter to Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shrinkhala asking him to take immediate action to address the problems faced by expatriates traveling to Gulf countries. All GCC countries except Qatar and Bahrain have denied entry to Indians in the wake of the Kovid epidemic. In this context, a large number of expatriate Keralites reach Bahrain and Qatar through third countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka. Then you have to stay in Quarantine for two weeks to go to Saudi Arabia.
The second problem is that GCC countries do not allow those who receive two doses of covaxin to return without the approval of the World Health Organization. There are many people who have come home from abroad after receiving the first dose of vaccines like Pfizer and Synopham. There is a situation where the Gulf countries deny them entry as they do not have the means to get the second dose in India.
We need to discuss these issues with the governments of the Gulf countries and provide an opportunity for expatriates who are stranded at home to return to work as soon as possible. Unemployment of expatriates is an economic and social problem of the country itself. Therefore, the Chief Secretary directed the Foreign Secretary to take necessary steps to resolve this issue without delay. VP asked in a letter sent by Joy.
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