Bangladesh suspends visa-on-arrival indefinitely

- A Monitor Desk Report 17 Jun, 2020 | 771 Views|-+
Dhaka: Bangladesh has extended the suspension of visa-on-arrival services for nationals of all countries until further notice, as the COVID-19 pandemic in the country is worsening.

An order in this regard was issued by the Home Ministry’s Security Services Division on Tuesday, June 17.

It read that only foreign investors and businessmen might be able to get the services upon showing proper credentials.

However, they have to submit a medical clearance certificate, by taking a PCR test which was obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Bangladesh.

The government had suspended visas-on-arrival from March 15 to March 31 to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The suspension was later extended till June 15.

It also suspended incoming flights from all European countries, except the United Kingdom, on March 16, while a nationwide shutdown was enforced to limit the spread of the deadly virus. This ban was also extended several times.

However, the authorities resumed flights on several domestic routes from June 1 and all international flights from June 16.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh recorded the highest number of deaths -- 53 -- and cases -- 3,862 -- in a 24-hour span, till date.

With those, the COVID-19 death toll in the country climbed to 1,262 and the total number of cases went up to 94,481.

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