Bangladesh to begin distribution of ePassports from July
Bangladesh's Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) has said distribution of digital passports, also known as ePassports, may begin from July 2020.
Brig Gen Saidur Rahman Khan, Project Director, DIP, said, 'It'll start from July 1 if the Home Ministry gives clearance," reported MenaFM.
Implementation of the project 'Introduction of ePassport and Automated Border Control Management in Bangladesh' started in July, 2018 and it will continue until June, 2028 with government financing.
The government plans to issue two million ePassports, printed in Germany. However, ePassports will eventually be printed in a factory in the capital's Uttara.
Initially, ePassports will be issued from Dhaka and the distribution of existing MRP (Machine Readable Passport) will continue from other regional offices until they start issuing ePassports. Existing MRPs will be accepted till its stipulated validity date.
E-gates have been installed at every airport and land ports across the country to facilitate the use of ePassports.