Passengers are being checked with a thermal scanner at immigration of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on March 11 - Photo: Reuters
Dhaka: The government has decided that all outbound passengers are no longer required to have a COVID-19 certificate. The clearance would only be mandatory when the destination country of the respective passenger asks for it.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made the announcement following an inter-ministerial on July 30.
Instead of testing everyone, outbound passengers will be allowed to fly as per the requirements made by the country they are travelling to, said Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of CAAB.
“However, all has to follow COVID-19 health safety guidelines,” he added.
Also, with immediate effect, scheduled international passenger flights to/from China, Malaysia, Maldives, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE and UK are permitted to be operated as per the schedule.
On the other hand, foreign nationals coming to Bangladesh will be required to produce a COVID-19 negative medical certificate to be obtained within 72 hours of travel, read a circular of CAAB.
Those without it will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days while those with it will be home/self quarantined for the same amount of time. However, if the latter is diagnosed with any COVID-19 symptom on his/her arrival, he/she would be quarantined institutionally instead of at home, noted the circular.