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e-Passport activities started on March 23 at the Chittagong Divisional Passport Office

Electronic passport service, also known as e-Passport or digital passport, has been launched in the Chittagong city.

Divisional e-Passport In-charge Lt Colonel Mohammad Nurul Alam inaugurated the service on Sunday afternoon.

The application form of e-Passport has to be filled up as per the National Identity Card (NID) or the Birth Registration Certificate, reports BSS.

Juvenile applicants (under 18 years of age) who do not have an NID must input their parents’ NID number in the application form.

Masum Hasan, deputy director of Panchlaish Passport Office, Chittagong, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the e-Passport program on January 22.

On March 23, e-Passport activities started at the Chittagong Divisional Passport Office.

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Although the Panchlaish Office was scheduled to inaugurate the e-Passport program on March 30, it was canceled owing to the start of public holidays to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The general fee for a 48-page five-year e-Passport is Tk3,000. The emergency fee is Tk5,000 and the most urgent fee is Tk8,000.

Moreover, in case of a 10-year passport, the general fee is Tk8,000, emergency fee Tk9,000, and most emergency fee Tk12,000.

In case of a new passport, most urgent passport will be available within three days, emergency passport in seven days, and ordinary passport in 21 days, the deputy director informed.

After the inauguration by the prime minister six months ago, the e-Passport activities have started all across Bangladesh.

However, due to various complications, including the Covid-19 situation, it was not possible to start e-Passport service in Chittagong, said insider sources.