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Bangladesh to resume international passenger flights on condition from Friday

  • Published at 10:07 am June 2nd, 2021
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Air bubble to remain suspended until further notice

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has decided to resume international passenger flights to a selected group of countries, considering the risk of Covid-19 transmission, from Friday.

In line with government directives, scheduled passenger flights to and from Dhaka shall continue as per their approved time slots under the Summer-2021 schedule, said a CAAB press release on Tuesday.

However, air bubble flights will remain suspended until further notice.

According to the release, no one is allowed to travel to or from Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Only Bangladeshi expatriates or citizens who visited these countries in the past 15 days of travel to Bangladesh are allowed to travel to and from Dhaka provided that they have special approval from the authorities concerned.

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On arrival, they will complete a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine at government nominated hotels at their own expenses. Proof of hotel booking shall be produced during check-in and the airline’s representative shall verify it before issuing the boarding pass, said the press release.

People from Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Greece, Kuwait, and Oman are permitted to travel to Dhaka.

However, they will still have to complete a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine at government nominated hotels at their own expenses. There is no restriction on passengers travelling to these countries.

As an exception, incoming passengers originating from Kuwait and Oman would have to complete a mandatory three-day institutional quarantine at government nominated facilities or at hotels at their own expense.

Passengers from all other countries will have to complete 14-day strict home quarantine if no Covid-19 symptoms are seen.

All incoming or outgoing passengers should mandatorily possess PCR based Covid-19 negative certificate. The PCR test should be done within 72 hours of the flight departure time, said the CAAB release.

Outgoing passengers should also follow the latest restrictions or requirements imposed by the transit or destination country.

Earlier, all international flights were suspended from April 14 as the government imposed a strict lockdown from that day to contain the spread of Covid-19. 

However, on May 1, CAAB issued a circular imposing special conditions on travel to 38 countries, considering the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

In light of the alarming surge in Covid-19 cases around the country in March, CAAB on April 5 had also suspended all domestic flights following the government directives.

From April 21, however, they allowed 11 flights on six domestic routes, except Cox’s Bazar.

CAAB also allowed airlines to operate two flights every day on the Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route from Tuesday.