Note: The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.
Event: 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.
The Embassy is not aware of any commercial flights departing Dhaka between March 30 and April 7; however, we encourage those wishing to return to the United States to continue seeking commercial options when they become available.
The March 30th chartered flight to Washington, D.C. for U.S. citizens, however, remains as scheduled; citizens who have a place on that flight have been notified. However, we know there are more U.S. citizens who still need assistance returning to the Unites States. The Embassy continues to work with the Government of Bangladesh to charter future flights. However, at this time, no future charted flights have been confirmed.
You should also be aware that the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has announced additional quarantine and 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/sea port/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.
As soon as we hear of additional travel options, we will publish a new message. Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Bangladesh updates: https://step.state.gov/.
Please consult the Embassy’s website (https://bd.usembassy.gov/) for additional information on the situation in Bangladesh and the Department of State’s COVID-19 page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
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Further Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Visit the COVID-19 page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Bangladesh.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh – (88) 02 5566 2000
- State Department – Consular Affairs – 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Bangladesh Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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