CAAB extends suspension of int'l flights till May 16
- A Monitor Desk Report 05 May, 2020 | 830 Views|-+
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka looks almost empty during the travel ban amid the coronavirus pandemic -- Photo: Monitor
Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) announced today that the suspension of all international passenger flights to and from the country has been extended till May 16.
The move comes “considering the persistent risk" and in an attempt "to avoid further expansion of pandemic COVID-19 throughout the country”, CAAB said in a circular.
The circular further mentioned that all scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the UK will not be allowed to land at any airport in Bangladesh.
Foreign nationals having valid visa will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) to be obtained with 72 hours of travel, indicating that he/she is 'COVID-19 Negative'. The individuals need to submit these certificates on arrival at the entry point (airport) in Bangladesh.
If any Bangladesh origin passenger possesses an NVR and come to Bangladesh without the required 'COVID-19 Negative' certificate, he/she would be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days.
The circular also added that if any Bangladesh origin passenger possesses an NVR and come to Bangladeh with the 'COVID-19 Negative', he/she would be home/self-quarantined for 14 days.
However, if he/she is diagnosed with any symptom of coronavirus on his/her arrival, he/she would be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
It is to be mentioned that international flights in regards to cargo, emergency landing, technical stop (without crew rest), medical evacuation, special flight operation, relief/humanitarian assistance and citizen evacuation will be conducted as usual under the aforementioned conditions.