by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has resumed operations of international passenger flights putting strict rules for some of the countries, most vulnerable to Covid-19 infections, more than two weeks after it imposed an air travel ban to curb the spike in novel coronavirus.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) in an official circular gave the go ahead on Saturday categorising 12 countries as extremely vulnerable in terms of Covid-19 infections.
None other than Bangladeshi nationals will be allowed to travel to Dhaka from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Iran, Mongolia, Oman, South Africa and Tunisia.
The passengers from these countries must go for 14-day mandatory quarantine on their own expenses upon arrival. They must also obtain permission from Bangladeshi missions of these countries for the travel and produce Covid-19 negative certificate at port of entry in Bangladesh.
Passengers originating from 26 countries – Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Kuwait, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay- will have to stay in 14-day institutional quarantine at the government-designated hotels at their own expenses.
These countries are categorised as vulnerable.
Proof of hotel booking must be produced during check-in and the airlines representative will verify it before issuing the boarding pass, the CAAB said.
It said transit passengers via India, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Mongolia, Oman, South Africa and Tunisia must remain confined within the airport under the close supervision of the airlines.
As an exception, Bangladesh-bound passengers coming from Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar will have to stay in a complete mandatory three-day institutional quarantine at government nominated hotels at their own expense, CAAB said.
Upon completion of the institutional quarantine, their medical test will be carried out. The passengers only will be released to complete 11 days’ home quarantine if the medical test result is satisfactory.
The CAAB said passengers from countries, except for the above-mentioned 38 countries, are allowed to travel into Bangladesh but the incoming passengers will have to stay in strict home quarantine for 14 days.
In the wake of surge in Covid-19 infections, Bangladesh imposed the air travel ban on April 14 as part of a nationwide lockdown that shut offices, shopping malls and transportations. The lockdown was extended until May 5 with shopping malls reopening from Monday on limited scale.
The South Asian country reported 760,584 Covid-19 infections and 11,510 deaths since it traced the virus in March last year.