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Turkey halts flights from BD, five other countries over Covid concerns

The Interior Ministry announced that Turkey has stopped all travel from Bangladesh, Brazil and South Africa due to the new coronavirus variants. It stated that anyone arriving from another country but who has been in these countries within the past 14 days must show a negative test for coronavirus within 72 hours. They will also need to be quarantined for 14 days.

It added that anyone arriving from Pakistan or Afghanistan, or having been there within the past 14 days, will be required to quarantine in Turkey for a period of 10 days.
The ministry stated that those arriving from the United Kingdom or Iran, Egypt, or Singapore must show a negative test for PCR within 72 hours of arrival.

Turkish Airlines had announced earlier that it would increase the frequency of its Dhaka-Istanbul route by 10 weekly flights starting July 7. Turkish Airlines is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Bangladesh with this announcement.

Turkish is now the only airline that has operated direct flights between Bangladesh, Europe and Turkey for the past ten years.

The airline currently operates seven weekly flights on the Dhaka-Istanbul route. The route will be operated by the Turkish national flag carrier, which will fly 10 weekly flights starting July 7.
A press release confirmed that the airline will be operating two flights per week on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as one flight every seven days.
This new ban on flight announced June 28 stops this development until further notice.

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Written by Rabeya Shathy

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