Dhaka – The government has suspended visa on arrival service for the citizen of China as the coronavirus outbreak has spread at least 25 other countries.
“The suspension is temporary, for a month,” Bangladeshi Foreign minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen said at a news conference in Dhaka. The news conference was organized ahead of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Italy visit.
Bangladesh and China have a number of joint projects, many of which are funded by China, leading a huge number of Chinese to visit the South Asian country. Beside, bilateral trade between the two countries was also on the rise.
China nationals are generally allowed visa on arrival at Bangladeshi ports, but, now they will have to obtain visa prior to their travel to Bangladesh, the Momen said.
Now, they will have to apply for visa at their homes, and have to submit health certificates along with the application.
“We have discussed it with the Chinese embassy in Dhaka about the measures,” the minister said adding that the government has also requested Chinese people working in Bangladesh not to visit their homes at least for a month.
The coronavirus outbreak has reportedly killed at least 300 people in China and one in the Philippines. More than 14,000 are infected with the virus worldwide.
Bangladesh on Saturday evacuated 316 of its citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The evacuees are put on quarantine for two at a location near Dhaka airport.
Health Minister Zahid Malique said the government has taken every possible measure to check the spread of the virus. None in Bangladesh was tested positive.