Dhaka: The government of Bangladesh has directed officials of the Bangladesh Armed Forces to get COVID-19 tests done at AFIP and CMH prior to travelling abroad effective immediately.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare made the announcement in a notice on July 21 after Bangladesh Armed Forces sought the ministry's approval for it.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has directed all domestic and international airlines to follow the list of hospitals approved by the government for testing air passengers (civilians) for COVID-19.
The direction was given at a meeting of CAAB with the representatives of all airlines on July 21, after the government designated 16 hospitals in Bangladesh for COVID-19 testing on July 16.
The 16 government authorised COVID testing facilities are: National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre, Institute of Public Health, and National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine in Dhaka; Sher E Bangla Medical College in Barisal, Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar Medical College (IEDCR Field Laboratory), Cumilla Medical College, Narayanganj 300 Bed Hospital, Khulna Medical College, Kustia Medical College, Mymensingh Medical College, Bogura Medical College, Rajshahi Medical College, M Abdur Rahim Medical College in Dinajpur, Rangpur Medical College and Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College.
At the same time, the government also announced that foreign nationals, who stayed in Bangladesh for 14 days or more, must be tested for coronavirus within 72 hours of departure.
Carrying COVID-negative certificates has been made mandatory from July 23.