Suspension of travel to and from India extended for 15 days  

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 19:49, May 08,2021 | Updated: 22:41, May 08,2021


The government on Saturday extended the suspension on passenger travel to and from India through land ports for another 15 days starting from Sunday (May 9 to May 23) in the context of detection of the Indian variant of coronavirus in Bangladesh, a senior foreign ministry official confirmed the New Age.

The decision to extend the suspension of passenger travel to and from India was taken in an inter-ministerial meeting with foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen in the chair on Saturday.

The suspension was initially imposed on April 25 for a fortnight with provisions that Bangladesh people, who would be willing to return home from India, should get clearance from Bangladesh missions before starting their return journey to enter the country.

The government has allowed the entrance of people only three – Benapole, Burimari and Akhaura land ports – out of 12 land ports.      

The government might impose stricter restrictions to discourage sudden and unnoticed crossing of the people as quarantine facilities in and around three designated land ports was saturated, said officials.   

Transfer of cargos will, however, continue between the two countries.

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