DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated e-passport services at a programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Wednesday (Jan 22).
She said: “The e-passport project will help Bangladesh move one more step forward towards development.”
Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) will initially distribute e-passports from Agargaon, Jatrabari and Uttara offices.
Later the e-passport would be distributed from all passport centers home and abroad within the year in phases.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, earlier on Jan 19, said e-passport would help verify an individual's details within only 30 seconds. DIP and the Bangladesh Army are jointly implementing the project.
The validity of the passports will be for five and 10 years. Passports will be delivered within two days on a very urgent basis, seven days for urgent and 15 days for regular delivery. Bangladesh will be the first country in South Asia to issue e-passports to its citizens.
The minister said: “President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive the first e-passports in Bangladesh."
According to him, some 25,000 passports will be issued every day.
The e-passport would increase the acceptability of Bangladeshi passport across the world, ensure security of passport which would ease visit and immigration process globally, the Home Minister said.
BDST: 1134 HRS, JAN 22, 2020