Medical inspection and permission required before embarkation of pilgrims
282. (1) No pilgrim shall be received on board any special trade passenger ship at any port or place in Bangladesh unless and until he has been medically inspected at such time and place and in such manner as the Government may fix in this behalf nor until the Certifying Officer has given permission for the embarkation of pilgrims to commence.
(2) So far as may be practicable, and subject to any rules made in this behalf, the medical inspection of female pilgrims shall be carried out by female medical officers.
(3) No pilgrim shall be received on board any special trade passenger ship unless he produces medical certificates signed by persons who, in the opinion of the officer making an inspection under this section, are duly qualified to grant such certificates showing that the pilgrim has been, inoculated and vaccinated against such diseases and quarantined for such period, as may, from time to time, be prescribed.
(4) If, in the opinion of the officer making an inspection under this section any pilgrim is suffering from cholera or choleraic indisposition, or any dangerously infectious or contagious disease, or shows any signs of the same or any other suspicious symptoms, such pilgrim shall not be permitted to embark.
(5) All articles which have been contaminated by persons suffering from cholera or choleraic indisposition, or any dangerously infectious or contagious disease, or are suspected of having been so contaminated shall, before being taken on board a special trade passenger ship, be disinfected, under the supervision of a medical officer appointed by the Government for the purpose, in such manner as may be prescribed.
(6) If the master of any ship knowingly receives on board any pilgrim or contaminated articles in contravention of any of the provisions of this section, he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to ten thousand Taka for each such pilgrim or one thousand Taka for each such article, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.