India eases visa for family members of diplomats, officials

DHAKA, Dec 29, 2016 (BSS) - India eased the visa regulation further for Bangladeshi nationals, with allowing family members of diplomatic and official Bangladesh passport holders submit their tourists visa application without any appointment and e-token.

With effect from January 1, 2017 immediate spouse and children of diplomatic and official Bangladesh passport holders can submit their tourist visa applications without an appointment or e-token, Indian High Commission in Dhaka announced today.

It said the visa application should be submitted between 9pm to 12 noon at Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) in Uttara of the capital city.

The original diplomatic or official passport has to be shown at the time of submission and a copy of the passport should be attached with the visa application form.

"This is a goodwill gesture extended for the benefit of families travelling to India. It is expected to facilitate the ease of securing Indian visas and further strengthening people-to-people contacts and relations between India and Bangladesh," the High Commission said.

Earlier on Wednesday, India also decided to allow Bangladeshi nationals submit their tourist visa applications without e-token and prior appointment from January 1, 2017.

The applicants, however, should submit their confirmed air, train or bus tickets, issued by authorised operators. The visa application forms along with confirmed journey tickets could be submitted at IVAC Shyamoli in the capital city.

Applicants with appointment dates/e-tokens may continue to deposit their tourist visa applications at the following IVACs: Gulshan, Uttara, Motijheel, Mymensingh, Barisal, Khulna, Jessore, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Sylhet.

IVAC Mirpur will only receive walk-in Tourist visa applications from confirmed travellers and senior citizens from 1 January, 2017.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)