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Govt makes Covid-19 negative certificates mandatory for outbound passengers

  • Published at 01:03 pm January 8th, 2021
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File photo of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

In November, Bangladesh made Covid-19 negative certificates mandatory for incoming international passengers

The government has made it compulsory for all the passengers intending to travel abroad from Bangladesh to possess PCR-based Covid-19 negative certificates.

The certificates must be obtained from government authorized testing facilities or hospitals, a circular of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said on Thursday.

"The test shall be done either within 72 hours of the departure time or within the time prescribed by the destination country," it added.


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The circular was signed by Group Captain Chy M Zia Ul Kabir, CAAB member (flight standards and regulations).

In November last year, Bangladesh made Covid-19 negative certificates mandatory for incoming international passengers, aiming to control the second wave of Covid-19.

Despite the instruction, some airlines were found carrying passengers without PCR-based Covid-19 negative certificates and sometimes even Covid-19 positive passengers.


Also Read - Inbound travellers must carry Covid-19 negative certificate


Following the incidents, the civil aviation authorities issued a warning in December, saying it will suspend flights of airlines if they bring passengers from abroad without Covid-19 negative certificates.

In June, international flight operations resumed in Bangladesh on a limited scale after around three months of suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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