INFORMATION ON FLIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES:
On Monday, March 30, the Embassy helped many Americans and their family members depart Dhaka for the United States on a chartered flight. The Embassy arranged another chartered flight on April 5 for those wishing to depart. Registration for this flight has ended and it is unclear whether the Embassy will be able to secure future chartered flights. U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should continue monitoring commercial flight schedules once commercial flights resume.
- As of April 4, 2020, Bangladesh reported 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Among these, there have been 6 deaths.
- The Government of Bangladesh announced a government holiday period from March 29 to April 11. Bangladeshi government offices and private sector organizations will largely be closed from March 26 to April 11 and the government has advised everyone to stay home during this period. Hospitals, pharmacies, and kitchen markets will remain open. Public transportation and banking services will be limited.
- The Bangladesh army has been deployed to enforce social distancing measures.
- On March 28, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, announced, effective from March 31 to April 7, all scheduled international commercial passenger flights from Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) shall not be allowed to land at any international airport in Bangladesh.
ENTRY AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS:
- Travelers who lived in or visited the EU region and Iran since March 1, 2020 will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh until April 15, 2020. However, those travelers who have not been to the EU region or Iran on or before February 29, 2020 will be permitted to enter Bangladesh with valid visas.
- 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 they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. This medical certificate needs to be submitted on arrival at the Bangladesh point of entry (airport/seaport/land port).
- 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 any COVID-19 symptoms, then they will be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka 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 free of any COVID-19 symptoms, then they are required to home self-quarantine in Dhaka for 14 days. However, if it discovered at any Bangladesh point of entry that the Bangladesh national has any symptom of COVID-19, then they will be institutionally quarantined in Dhaka 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: