Dhaka – Two-week ban imposed after an increase in coronavirus infections.
Bangladesh has imposed a temporary ban on travelers from Europe and 12 other countries after reporting a rise in coronavirus infections.
The two-week ban will come into effect on Saturday and last until April 18, the dpa news agency reported on Friday citing a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).
The CAAB said air passengers from the UK, where infection rates are generally lower than those in mainland Europe, would still be allowed to enter the country.
Apart from European nations, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Qatar, South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay are also among the banned nations .
Airlines operating scheduled passenger flights from all of these countries will only be allowed to carry transiting passengers.
Passengers from other countries must still observe a 14-day home quarantine.
Bangladesh has so far reported 611,295 coronavirus cases, with 9,046 deaths since the South Asian country recorded the first cases in March 2020.
With many flouting current health guidelines, the government released a new set of rules on Tuesday, including mandatory use of face masks and limiting passengers on local transport.
The country reported a record number of infections in a single day, 5,358, on Wednesday.
Staff at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh spray disinfectants. Photo: AFP