Bangladesh, a first in South Asia and 119th country in the world, to have launched risk-free safe e-passport
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said all machine readable passports (MRPs) will gradually be turned into e-passport within the next five years.
“All the existing MRPs will be turned into e-passports in phases within the next five years,” he said while responding to a starred query made by Begum Shamsun Nahar of Women seat-13 in the Parliament on Monday.
Bangladesh, a first in South Asia and 119th country in the world, to have launched risk-free safe e-passport. But the MRP and e-passport jointly will remain valid till the conversion takes place, he added, reports BSS.
Three passport offices in Dhaka – divisional passport and visa office Dhaka, regional passport office Uttara, and regional passport office Jatrabari – have in advance launched the e-passport, Kamal told the Parliament.
As part of launching the e-passport, he said, it will be launched gradually at all the divisional passport and visa offices and the regional passport offices within 18 months.
For the Bangladeshi applicants, he said the government has fixed Tk3,500, 5,500 and 7,500 as normal, emergency and most emergency category fees respectively for issuing 48-pages e-passport for five years, while it will be at Tk5,000, 7,000 and 9,000 for 10 years.
Furthermore, a 64-page e-passport will be available at Tk5,500, 7,500 and 10,500 respectively for aforementioned three categories for five years, while it will be available at Tk7,000, 9,000 and 12,000 for 10-year passports.