US embassy for second chartered flight for its citizens


1st April, 2020 07:20:32 printer

US embassy for second chartered flight for its citizens

The USA Embassy in Dhaka is continuing to work with the Department of State and Bangladesh government to charter another flight from here for those US citizens who opted to go back home on their personal choice amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will announce the next flight when details are confirmed,” read a message for US citizens posted on the Dhaka’s US embassy website on Wednesday.

It asked the US citizens, who are intending to go back home, fill out an online questionnaire before 8 pm tomorrow so that the embassy can assist them.

Any US-government chartered flight would be only for US citizens with a valid US passport, our first priority, and some Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), it said adding that the final destination of the flight is yet to be confirmed.

The embassy advised those US citizens who arrived in Bangladesh within the last 14 days or are feeling ill or have a fever not to attempt to travel.

On Monday, a total of 269 US citizens including numbers of expatriate Bangladeshis residing in the USA permanently, left here by a special chartered flight of Qatar Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft for Washington, D.C. via Doha.

On Sunday, at a virtual briefing, the US embassy officials said the US government is not forcing anyone to return to the US, this is a personal choice based on what its nationals are comfortable with.

They said this kind of arrangement is not only taking place in Bangladesh as so far, the US State Department arranged special flights from 28 countries around the globe to bring back nearly 10,000 US citizens to the USA.

The US embassy’s spokesperson said all the routine work of the US embassy here are under operation except the regular visa service that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.