CAAB suspends all schedule int'l flights to and from BD
-A Monitor Desk Report 05 Apr, 2020 | 823 Views|-+
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital -- Photo: Oheduzzaman Titu
Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has suspended all schedule international flights to and from Bangladesh from April 8 to April 14.
Bangladesh has also imposed conditions on travellers from certain countries as well as travellers of Bangladesh origin.
In a circular, CAAB said, the action has been taken “considering the persistent risk and to avoid expansion of pandemic COVID-19 throughout the country”. It added, all scheduled international commercial passenger flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the UK “shall not be allowed to land at any international airports of Bangladesh”.
The circular further said that “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 nationals of the countries of EU regions and Iran who are living outside the EU regions and Iran since February 29 can travel to Bangladesh with valid visa”.
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 does not have any symptoms of COVID-19. The individuals needs to submit these certificates on arrival at the entry point (airport, seat port, land port) in Bangladesh.
If any Bangladesh origin passengers possess an NVR and come to Bangladesh without the required medical certificate mentioning that the concerned person is free from the coronavirus symptoms, he/she would be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days.
The circular further said that if any Bangladesh origin passengers possess NVR and come to Bangladeh with the required medical certificate mentioning that the concerned person is free from the coronavirus symptom, he/she would be home/self-quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days. However, if he/she is diagnosed with symptoms of coronavirus on his/her arrival at Dhaka airport, he/she would be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka for 14 days.