The government has decided to extend the closure of border with India for 14 more days as the Covid-19 situation continues to worsen in India.
"It has been extended for 14 more days. The previous conditions will remain unchanged," Secretary (East) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mashfee Binte Shams, said today.
The latest decision of the extension was taken at a virtual meeting held today with Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen in the chair.
Earlier, the government closed the border with India for 14 days, with effect from April 26, but cargo carrying trucks were allowed to operate.
As per the previous decision, general movement of people between Bangladesh and India will stay suspended through land ports.
Bangladeshi citizens currently travelling to India for treatment and having visas with validity for less than 15 days could enter Bangladesh through only Benapole, Akhaura and Burimari after taking permission from Bangladesh Missions in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Agartala and with mandatory Covid-19 negative certificates done through PCR test within 72 hours of entry.
People entering Bangladesh through this process would have to stay officially quarantined for two weeks.
Except for the aforementioned three land ports, all kinds of human movement through all other land ports between the two countries would completely stay suspended for two weeks.
Railroads will be encouraged for the export and import of goods between the two countries during this period.