The Bangladesh Visa Application Center was inaugurated in Kolkata today on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation War of Bangladesh and the golden year of India-Bangladesh alliance. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the virtual center at 11 a.m. Indian time today.
Inaugurating the Visa Application Center, Minister Abdul Momen said, “We are really happy to inaugurate the Bangladesh Visa Application Center in Kolkata today, the golden year of Bangladesh’s victory and the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh-India alliance.” With the opening of this store, Indian citizens will get our enhanced visa service, which has been a long-standing endeavor of ours. I sincerely thank everyone involved in setting up this Bangladesh Visa Center. ‘
The visa application center was inaugurated at house number 15, CP block, Sector Five, Salt Lake, Kolkata. The 13,000-square-foot visa application center will accept applications from 500 visa applicants per day. This long standing demand of Bangladeshi visa applicants in Kolkata was fulfilled today on the day of Bangladesh Victory Day. For so long in Kolkata, visa activities were conducted by the Bangladesh Sub-High Commission.
After inaugurating the visa application center in Kolkata, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Tawfiq Hasan told Prothom Alo that from now on, Indian visa applicants going to Bangladesh will no longer have to wait in line for a long time. There are 10 counters for visa application and distribution in this huge application center. Visa applications will be accepted from 9am to 3pm. Visas will be issued from one in the afternoon to six in the evening. Visa application will be accepted in accordance with the rules.
Tawfiq Hasan further said that the visa application center can accommodate 500 applicants at a time. There will be free Wi-Fi. There is also a cafeteria and prayer room. There is also a counter of Sonali Bank of Bangladesh. There will be arrangements to accept visa fee at that counter. Visa fee to go to Bangladesh is 726 rupees.
The Deputy High Commissioner said that the center will also provide helpers to fill up the forms online. They will fill out the online visa form with a fixed fee, affix a picture of the applicant and hand it over to the applicant. The applicant will then go to the counter and submit the visa application as usual. And from that counter they will get visa in their passport. Visa applications will be accepted at the center from December 20. However, visa applications other than tourist visas will now be accepted. However, if the Bangladesh government decides to issue a tourist visa, then the tourist visa application will be accepted from this counter.
The Deputy High Commissioner further said that five more visa centers in India like Kolkata would have to set up similar visa application centers immediately. These centers will be in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Agartala and Guwahati.