Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Sunday decided to suspend all international flights for one week starting from April 14 with the commencement of the strict-lockdown in the country.

Circular issued by Government stated that the passengers coming by the flights cleared under the special consideration will have to undergo a 14 days quarantine at the government-nominated facilities or hotels at the passenger’s own expense.

Aviation authority also informed that following the government guidance and instruction, with effect from April 12, all scheduled domestic passenger flights and charter flights of Helicopter/General Aviation will remain suspended until April 13, while some exceptions may be made for medical evacuations, humanitarian relief and cargo flights.

More than 500 flights will be cancelled because of the ban, said the CAAB’s Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman. 

In addition to that from April 14 until April 20, all sorts of domestic, local, and training flights will remain suspended.

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said ,"Standard disinfection, sanitization and social distancing procedure for passenger, crew, equipment, and aircraft (inflight or on the ground) shall strictly to be maintained/ followed for the flights permitted for the operation".

Previously on April 1, the CAAB issued an order which directs 4 days hotel quarantine is mandatory for all passengers from India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Oman, UAE upon arrival in Bangladesh at their own expenses. Besides this passengers from Doha shall not be allowed to enter Bangladesh till 18 April during the embargo period.

Bangladesh, which reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus last March, reported its highest single-day increase in infections on Friday, with 7,462 cases. So far, the country has reported some 684,756 cases and 9,739 deaths.

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