E-passport service begins in Ctg

Published : 28 Jun 2020 10:15 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 04:38 AM

Electronic passport or e-passport service was launched in port city on Sunday, reports BSS.

Divisional in charge E-passport Lt. Colonel Mohammad Nurul Alam inaugurated the e-passport service on Sunday afternoon.

It is learned that the application form in e-passport also has to be filled up as per National Identity Card (NID) or Birth Registration Certificate. Juvenile applicants (under 18 years of age) who do not have National Identity Card (NID) must have input parents NID number in the application form.

Masum Hasan, Deputy Director of Panchlaish Passport Office, Chattogram told BSS that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the e-passport program on January 22.

E-passport activities started on March 23 at the Chattogram Divisional Passport Office.

Although we (Panchlaish Office) were scheduled to inaugurate the e-passport program on March 30, the e-passport program was canceled due to the start of public holidays to prevent the spread of corona.

He said the passport fee has been fixed. The general fee for a 48-page 5-year e-passport is Tk 3,000. The emergency fee is Tk 5,000 and the most urgent 

fee is Tk 8,000.

Moreover, in case of 10-year passport, the general fee is Tk 8,000, the emergency fee is Tk 9,000 and the most emergency fee is Tk 12,000.

In case of new passport, most urgent passport will be matched within three days. Emergency passports will be available in seven days and ordinary passports in 21 days, he after the inauguration by the Prime Minister in six months ago, the e-passport activities have started across the country. 

However, due to various complications, including the Corona situation, it was not possible to start e-passport service in Chattogram, sources.