The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has made corona negative certificate mandatory for the passengers coming from abroad as severity of corona infection has increased in different countries of the world. The information came through a set of directions signed by CAAB member (flight standard and regulations) Group Captain Chowdhury Md. Ziaul Kabir on Friday.
According to the directions, the decision will be effective from Saturday. As a result local and international airlines cannot board any passenger on the way to Bangladesh without corona negative certificate. Before arriving in the country the passengers have to test their samples in PCR laboratories within 72 hours. Only corona negative passengers will be permitted to arrive in Bangladesh. Passengers have to show their medical certificates in the airports.
Aftermaths, medical screening including temperature testing will be performed for all the passengers after their arrival in the airports. If there is any symptom of coronavirus infection though having the negative certificate, then he or she will be treated in the designated hospitals after testing and will be sent to the isolation center. Those who have no symptom have to remain 14 days home quarantine.
The directions said, the Bangladeshi workers who have BMET cards, for them if the concerned country has no available way for corona test in PCR lab then they can come to the country with the certificates of antigen tests or other acceptable test facilities.
The diplomats residing in the country and their family members also have to posses PCR lab test certificates and the test should be done within 72 hours of departure. Foreign entrepreneurs and investors also have to come showing the corona negative certificates.
If no symptom is traced in the medical test at the airport and if they want to stay in Bangladesh for less than 14 days then they will be allowed to leave the country. If they have any viral symptom then they will be sent to isolation center and hospital for test and treatment.
The CAAB directions also said, the conditions will not be effective for the flights of relief initiated by the state except schedule commercial flight, humanitarian assistance, repatriation, returning Bangladeshi citizens from abroad and diplomatic flights permitted by the foreign ministry.