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It has been decided to introduce commercial flights on international routes on special terms without countries considered “very vulnerable” to coronavirus infections. These flights will start from Saturday.The matter was reported in a notification issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (BESI) today. The notification said flights have been resumed in 38 countries with special conditions on wheat in view of the current covid-19 infection rate. However, flights operating under the Air Bubble Agreement with India have been suspended. At the same time, 14 days of ‘institutional quarantine’ has been made mandatory for passengers from vulnerable countries who are temporarily cut off from vulnerable countries.Any passenger from 26 of those 38 countries can come. They are Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Kuwait, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay. And only Bangladeshi expatriates and citizens from the remaining 12 countries can come to the country with the permission of the concerned authorities. In that case, they will have to stay in the government-designated hotel for 14 days at their own expense. Those 12 are India, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Mangalina, Oman, South Africa and Tunisia. The notification further said that passengers from unlisted countries have been asked to strictly observe ‘home quarantine’ for 14 days subject to bringing PCR negative certificates. However, in spite of the three Middle Eastern countries – Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait – on the risk list, passengers from there will follow the current three-day institutional quarantine management. Later, based on the health check-up results, the remaining 11 days will be considered for having home quarantine or isolation. The notification also said that through this management, stranded migrant passengers are getting a chance to go to their respective destinations or workplaces. The bebichk notification also said that passengers from all but these 38 countries can travel to and from Bangladesh. In that case, those who come will have to stay in the 14-day home quarantine.