No prior appointments required to submit tourist visa applications

DHAKA, Dec 28, 2016 (BSS) -The High Commission of India will allow all Bangladeshi travellers having confirmed air, train or bus tickets to submit their tourist visa applications without e-token or prior appointments from January 1, 2017.

The decision was taken as part of the ongoing efforts to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of securing Indian visas, a statement issued by Indian High Commission said here today.

It said that travellers can submit their completed visa application forms along with confirmed journey tickets at IVAC (Indian Visa Application Centre), Mirpur (Alamin Apon Heights 27/1/B Shyamoli) from 8 am to 1 pm.

The date of journey should be after 7 days but within one month of submission of the visa application form, it said.

The scheme for walk-in or appointment-free tourist visas for women travellers and their immediate family members with confirmed air, rail or bus tickets (issued by authorised operators for Bangladesh-India bus services) will continue to be applicable at IVAC Mirpur instead of IVAC Uttara from January 1, 2017.

Besides, applicants with appointment dates or 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 January 1, 2017.

"With the introduction of these measures, no applicant in Bangladesh with a confirmed journey ticket to India (by air, train or bus) will require an e-token or online appointment date," it said.

These measures are aimed at facilitating ease of securing Indian visas for Bangladesh visitors to India and strengthening people-to-people contacts between India and Bangladesh, the statement said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)