India today opened a 13-day ‘Eid Visa Camp’ for visa seekers who intend to travel to India during the coming Eid-ul-Fitr.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan inaugurated the camp at the high commission’s chancery complex in the city’s Baridhara area.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam joined the function as the guest of honour when Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present.
During the inauguration, a lucky draw was carried out and three lucky winners won couple tickets sponsored by Jet Airways. BSS
The winners were- Himangshu Chandra (Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka), Ms. Rina Afsar (Dhaka-Mumbai-Dhaka) and Rajib Khan (Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka).
Jet Airways is also offering exclusive discounts for travelers who book their tickets at the Visa Camp.
At the Visa Camp, applicants can submit their Tourist Visa applications on a walk-in basis without prior appointment date.
Special counters have been set up inside the Camp by the Indian Visa Application Center which is run and operated by the State Bank of India to accept visa application forms.
The applicants with appointment dates must submit their visa applications at any of the IVAC–Indian Visa Application Centre–in Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Uttara and Motijheel in Dhaka and Barisal, Mymensingh and Khulna outside Dhaka.
However, medical, business and other visa categories will continue to be accepted in the respective IVAC Centers.
The ‘Eid Visa Camp’ will remain open from 0800 hours to 1400 hours from today to June 16 (except Friday).
Regarding eligibility in submitting visa application, the camp is open only for Bangladesh nationals presently residing in Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Mymensingh divisions, a press statement of Indian High Commission said here recently.
Applicants must submit applications in person. However, family members (Parents/ Children/ spouses) traveling together can submit applications on behalf of immediate family, it said.
A visa processing fee of Taka 600 will be charged by the Indian Visa Application Center, the outsourcing agency of the High Commission of India to accept visa applications.
No visa fee will be charged apart from the visa processing fee, the statement added.