The US Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday said the voluntary return of the US citizens to their own country by the two chartered flights exemplifies the strong and enduring cooperation, people-to-people ties and friendship between Bangladesh and the United States.
"While many Americans are staying in Bangladesh, some have decided to return home; the Embassy is committed to helping them do so," said the Embassy in a media release.
The safety and welfare of American citizens in Bangladesh is the US Embassy’s highest priority, it said.
As of April 4, the Department of States has coordinated the repatriation of over 40,000 Americans from 78 countries.
The Embassy is open and continues to provide assistance and services to American citizens as well as emergency visa services on a case-by-case basis.
The US Embassy in Dhaka arranged a second chartered flight for several hundred American citizens and their family members who wished to return to the United States in light of the COVID-19 outbreak which left on Sunday.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen met at the airport to observe the operations and speak to departing passengers.
The government of Bangladesh, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, local law enforcement and airport officials, and dozens of Embassy personnel helped facilitate this second Qatar Airways chartered flight.
On March 19, as a result of the global impact of COVID-19, the US Department of State issued a worldwide Travel Advisory urging US citizens to avoid international travel, and for those who live in the United States, to return or prepare to remain overseas for an indefinite period.