Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) authorities have sent 304 inbound passengers to institutional quarantine over the last 24 hours as they failed to show Covid-19 negative certificates at the immigration.
Most of these passengers have returned from different Middle East countries by state-owned Biman Bangladesh Airlines. They claimed that they were unaware of the obligation to bring Covid-19 negative certificates.Earlier, issuing a circular, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) told that anyone seeking entry into Bangladesh after December 5 will need to show Covid-19 negative certificates (Done within 72 hours before the flights).
The decision was made to contain the second wave of coronavirus.
CAAB also asked all airlines not to issue boarding passes to passengers who don’t have Covid-19 negative certificates.
The rate of incoming passengers without Covid-19 negative certificates had increased in recent months.
More than 4,000 passengers arrived without certificates in the last month alone.
Dr Abu Sayeed, who works at the health desk of HSIA said, “Between 8:00 am Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday, more than 3,000 people reached Bangladesh by 20 flights of different airlines.”“Some 304 passengers didn’t have Covid-19 negative certificates. All of them were sent to institutional quarantine at the capital’s Diabari quarantine centre for 14 days,” he added.