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Ban on Bangladeshi flights to Japan: Validity or accuracy of Covid-19 certificates not an issue

  • Published at 12:49 pm June 19th, 2020
Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The decision was part of restricting flights from most countries of the world, including India and Pakistan, says the Japanese embassy

Japan did not slap restrictions on flights from Bangladesh due to the validity or accuracy of Covid-19 negative certificates held by Bangladeshi passengers, the Japanese embassy in Dhaka clarified on Friday.

Tokyo has decided to add Bangladesh to the list of many countries, including India, from which flights were barred, it said in a statement in response to press reports regarding a “ban” on flights from Bangladesh to Japan. The Embassy clarified the following points:

“The Japanese authorities duly conduct quarantine measures at its airports of arrival, which include self-declaration of symptoms, monitoring of body temperature, and PCR testing when deemed necessary (the testing is mandatory for passengers from 111 countries, as of 16th of June)," said the statement.   

The Government of Japan also asks travelers from all over the world to stay at home, etc. and refrain from using public transportation for 14 days after their arrival, it said. 

However, the statement said: "Japan did not require passengers on chartered flights to show a certificate of the result of Covid-19 testing for their entry either, before boarding."

"The validity or accuracy of the “certificate” has never been an issue. As of 25th of May, Japan added Bangladesh, together with 10 countries including India and Pakistan, to the list of countries subject to denial of entry into Japan (and the measures came into effect from JST 00:00 on 27th of May)."

The decision reflects the overall assessment of the Covid-19 situation in this region, it added.   

It is true that four passengers, aboard the chartered flight on 30th of April, have been found Covid-19 positive after their entry in Japan, but their source/place of infection has not been identified," said the statement. 

"With the above-mentioned decision and border measures, non-Japanese nationals who have stayed or visited any of those 111 countries, including Bangladesh, within the last 14 days, are not permitted to enter Japan unless there are special circumstances," it said. 

"It should be noted that Japan does not have any specific restriction for return flights from Japan to other countries," the statement read.

"It is our sincere hope that Bangladesh will overcome the current crisis soon so that the two nations can further deepen the relations between Japan and Bangladesh. To that end, Japan will continue to extend its support to Bangladesh," it said.

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