The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) in a circular issued today said all passengers entering Bangladesh must have Covid-19 negative certificate.
The order will be effective starting tomorrow (December 5). No airlines will issue boarding pass to its passengers who cannot show Covid-19 negative certificate.
According to the CAAB's new guidelines, PCR tests have been made mandatory for members of diplomatic and UN missions.
Recently the rate of incoming passengers without Covid-19 certificates has increased.
In November alone, more than 4,000 passengers arrived without a coronavirus negative certificate. Therefore, the government this time has made it mandatory to have Covid-19 certificate for incoming passengers.
According to the CAAB circular, anyone who wants to come Bangladesh will need Covid-19 negative certificate issued 72 hours before the flight.
Passengers who are unable to obtain a certificate will not be issued a boarding card even if they have a ticket and visa.
Migrant workers have been asked to bring antigen or any acceptable coronavirus negative certificate from the respective countries where PCR tests are not available. For children under 10, this guideline has been relaxed.
Assistant Director of the Department of Health, Shahriar Sajjad, working at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said, "If any passengers are found with Covid-19 symptoms during health screening at the airport they will be sent to the hospital or for isolation (institutional quarantine)."
Bangladeshi workers who are cardholders of the Bureau of Manpower Export Development, and do not have adequate facilities for Covid-19 test, will have to show an alternative health certificate.