Dhaka: Qatar Airways will not carry Italy-bound passengers from Bangladesh till October 5, the airline announced on July 9 in a notice.
The decision comes after Italy "forbade all passenger arrivals from Bangladesh with final destination to the country", according to the notice.
The ban has been effective since July 8, the airline noted, adding, "Till October 5, 2020, passengers are not allowed to travel to Italy from Bangladesh irrespective of any nationality or routing involved where flight originates from Bangladesh."
For any queries, customers can call +88 09610 800 800 or email email@example.com, the notice further read.
Earlier, On July 8, Italy did not allow 151 Bangladeshi passengers to enter into the country who were on board a Qatar Airways flight from Dhaka as the country tightens restrictions on travel from coronavirus hotspots in a bid to prevent new infection clusters.
The 151 passengers were on their way to Fiumicino International Airport, Rome from Dhaka via Doha, Qatar. Qatar Airways flew the Bangladeshi passengers back to Dhaka on July 9. The airline said they were at that time unaware of the ban Italy imposed on passenger arrivals from Bangladesh.
On July 7, the Italian government had suspended flights from Bangladesh after several Bangladeshi passengers on the July 6 flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines tested positive for COVID-19 despite having documents certifying that they had tested negative and were safe to travel.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines operated the special flight to repatriate 276 Bangladeshi nationals stranded in the country for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic to Rome. The airline recently operated several such chartered flights from Bangladesh to Italy.
The following day Roberto Speranza, Minister of Health, Italy, ordered the suspension of flights arriving from Bangladesh, said a release of the Italian health ministry.