CAAB extends suspension of int'l flights to and from Bangladesh

- A Monitor Desk Report 29 Mar, 2020 | 1047 Views|-+
Dhaka: Bangladesh has extended the suspension of international flights to and from the country effective March 31 until April 7 in an effort to avoid further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made the announcement in a circular on March 28.

According to the statement, all scheduled international commercial passenger flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and UAE will not be allowed to land at any international airport of Bangladesh during this period.

Also, any traveller who lived in or visited EU region and Iran since March 1 will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh until April 15, the statement added. However, the nationals of the countries of the EU region and Iran who are living outside the EU region and Iran since February 29 can travel to Bangladesh with valid visas.

Nevertheless, foreign nationals having valid visas will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) to be obtained within 72 hours of travel, indicating that he/she does not have any symptom of COVID-19. The individual needs to submit this certificate on arrival at the entry point (airport/sea port/land port) in Bangladesh.

Moreover, if any Bangladesh origin passenger possesses an NVR (No Visa Required) and come to Bangladesh without the required medical certificate mentioning that the concerned person is free from coronavirus symptoms, he/she will be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days, CAAB further mentioned in the circular.

On the other hand, any Bangladesh origin passenger possessing NVR as well as required medical certificates mentioning he/she is free from the virus symptoms will be home/self quarantined in Dhaka for the same amount of time.

However, if he/she is diagnosed with any symptom of the coronavirus on his/her arrival at Dhaka airport, he/she will be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days.

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