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INFORMATION ON FLIGHTS:

The Government of Bangladesh has authorized the resumption of limited international commercial flights.  Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways have resumed flights, and flights to Turkey and Malaysia are scheduled to resume around mid-July.  U.S. citizens wishing to travel should contact the airlines directly to purchase a seat.

Effective August 1, 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has restricted the number of passengers on flights to and from Bangladesh. For a two-aisle/wide body aircraft, there should not be more than 260 passengers aboard and for a one-aisle/narrow body aircraft, not more than 140 passengers aboard.

Travelers transiting through U.A.E. please be advised of the following requirements:

  1. Effective Friday, July 10, passengers departing from Dhaka on Emirates must show COVID-19 PCR test results at the time of check-in in order to depart Bangladesh.  The test must have been administered no more than 96 hours/4 days prior to flight departure.  For now, Emirates will accept PCR COVID19 test results from authorized (Government approved) facilitation locations.  For more information, visit https://www.emirates.com/english/help/travel-updates/?dm_i=329Z,120D7,1Y4ZN2,419T5,1#3515 or contact Emirates directly.

Travelers transiting through Turkey please be advised of the following requirements:

  1. Foreign passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on landing flights will be referred to a private hospital by the Ministry of Health – Border Health Unit, whereas Turkish passengers will be referred to a state hospital. For more information, visit https://www.istairport.com/en/covid19.

Travelers transiting through the UK please be advised of the following requirements:

  1. All arriving passengers including arriving crews/transit passengers need to fill out the online passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to arrival.  Keep the electronic receipt to show at the UK airport or you may be fined up to £100 and/or may not be allowed to enter the UK.
  2. Passengers should visit http://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control in order to read and understand the regulations and procedures for entering the UK.  Passengers intending to travel abroad must possess all valid travel documents and visas.
  3. Passengers should verify with the airline if they will need to pass through UK border control.  For up-to-date information on self-isolation and a list of hotels in Heathrow Airport visit: https://uk.usembassy.gov/covid-19-coronavirus-information/
  4. Passengers should fill out this form before check-in with the airline: https://a4aero.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/biman/COVID_19_Helth_Declarion_Form.pdf.

Visa holders are unable to enter the United States through the UK per Presidential proclamation.  For a list of exceptions and for more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html.

Please be aware that these requirements could change at any time and you should check with your airline for updated guidance.

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

  • As of August 6, 2020, Bangladesh reported 249,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Among these, 143,824 have recovered and there have been 3,306 deaths.
  • From May 30, The Government of Bangladesh has made wearing masks and social distancing mandatory when outside the home.  The public transit system is running in a reduced capacity and is subject to health and hygiene directives.
  • From July 1- August 3, no one will be allowed outdoors from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. except to receive medical services, to go to work, or to buy or sell medicine.  Stores can remain open until 7 p.m.
  • To avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh announced until further notice all international commercial passenger flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Thailand shall not be allowed to land at any airport in Bangladesh.
  • From June 1, domestic commercial passenger flights have resumed on a limited scale.

EID UL-AZHA HOLIDAY

  • The Eid ul-Azha holiday will be commemorated on August 1 and the Government of Bangladesh will celebrate it as a national holiday beginning July 31 and ending August 2.
  • To limit the transmission of COVID-19, the Government of Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended restrictions on travel from four districts (Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Chattogram) to other areas during the Eid holiday.

ENTRY AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Foreign nationals with valid visas will be required to produce a medical certificate (with English translation) to be obtained within 72 hours of travel, indicating that he/she is COVID-19 negative.  This medical certificate needs to be submitted on arrival at the Bangladesh point of entry (airport/seaport/land port).
  • On July 30, 2020, the Government of Bangladesh announced that effective immediately, COVID-19 negative certificates for all departing passengers are no longer required to depart Bangladesh.
  • However, if a COVID-19 negative certificate is required for the respective country of destination, then you must obtain one from government authorized test facilities prior to departure from Bangladesh.
  • We urge U.S. citizens to check with the respective country of destination entry/exit requirements for COVID-19 prior to booking a ticket to avoid delays in departing Bangladesh.

QUARANTINE INFORMATION:

  • If any person of Bangladesh origin possesses a “no visa required” stamp in their passport and comes to Bangladesh without the required medical certificate mentioning that they are free of COVID-19, then they will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
  • If any person of Bangladesh origin possesses a “no visa required” stamp in their passport and comes to Bangladesh with the required medical certificate mentioning that they are COVID-19 negative, then they are required to home/self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If any passengers of Bangladesh origin possess a “no visa required” stamp and come to Bangladesh with a COVID-19 negative medical certificate he/she would be home/self-quarantined for 14 days.  However, if he/she is diagnosed with any COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, he/she will be institutionally quarantined for 14 days.
  • The Government of Bangladesh has announced it has begun distributing health information cards and conducting temperature screening of all passengers arriving in Bangladesh at all points of entry.
  • The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) is maintaining a registry of incoming travelers from all affected countries to monitor for the development of symptoms.
  • The Government of Bangladesh has set up a public health emergency control room at IEDCR as well as established four COVID-19 hotlines:

+8801937000011
+8801937110011
+8801927711784
+8801927711785

DHAKA COVID-19 RED ZONES

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has established a three-zone system to categorize COVID-19 infected areas as Red, Yellow and Green.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) determines zoning parameters based on the number of COVID-19 infected individuals living within a high, moderate or low population density ranked area:

  • High density populated areas with more than 39 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents are marked as Red Zones.
  • Moderately dense populated areas located outside the cities (to include villages) with more than 30 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents are categorized as Red Zones.
  • High density populated areas with less than 39 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents are marked as Yellow Zones.
  • Moderately dense populated areas located outside the cities to include villages with less than 30 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents are categorized as Yellow Zones.
  • Areas with less than five cases will be Green Zones.

DGHS has identified and categorized 45 areas in the Dhaka Metropolitan area as Red zones.  Of the areas identified, 17 are located within the Dhaka North City Corporation, and 28 are located within the Dhaka South City Corporation.

Red Zones in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC):  Bashundhara, Badda, Cantonment, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Rampura, Aftabnagar, Mohammadpur, Kallyanpur, Gulshan, Moghbazar, Airport, Banasree, Rayerbazar, Rajabazar, Uttara and Mirpur were identified as red zones.

Red Zones in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC):  Jatrabari, Demra, Gendaria, Lalbagh, Azimpur, Basabo, Shantinagar, Paltan, Kalabagan, Ramna, Sutrapur, Malibagh, Kotwali, Tikatoli, Shahjahanpur, Motijeel, Wari, Khilgaon, Poribagh, Shahbag, Eskaton, Kodomtoli, Siddheshwari, Laxmibazar, Elephant Road, Segunbagicha, Malibagh and Khilgaon.

It is important to note GoB officials have confirmed that the list of Red zones does not mean the areas are or will be under lockdown restrictions.  The Public Administration Ministry will issue notification days in advance through local media to announce that an uptick in cases now requires a lockdown public order.

Unless an area has been announced and marked as a ‘lockdown/containment’ zone, DGHS and local governments have not imposed and are not enforcing movement bans or restrictions on residents living within designated red zones.

Currently, only certain sectors located within the Wari jurisdiction of the Dhaka South City Corporation are designated as ‘lockdown/containment’ zones.

Restrictions on Designated Lockdown/Containment Areas:

  • Pedestrian and vehicular movements controlled through secured entry/exit points.
  • Residents should remain within their homes except for emergencies or for essential needs.
  • No indoor dining services allowed. Delivery food service options are available.
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
  • Residents will be allowed to shop in bazaars only when necessary.
  • Residents must work from home.
  • Transportation will be suspended. Rickshaws, vans, taxis, auto-rickshaws, and private vehicles are not permitted inside the demarcated areas during the 21-day lockdown.
  • COVID-19 tests will be available to residents, and home isolation or institutional isolation will be arranged for patients who test positive.
  • Shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes and recreation centres will be closed.
  • No public gatherings of any kind are allowed.
  • Only people who are ill may go to hospitals.
  • Mosques and other places of worship are closed to residents. Only official staff are permitted to enter.
  • ATM services will remain open. Banks will operate in a limited capacity.
  • Factories in towns will remain closed, but factories and agricultural production-related factories in rural areas can remain operational.
  • Agricultural work must be performed under strict health and hygiene regulations.

LOCAL RESOURCES:

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR)

Government of Bangladesh information on COVID-19

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