India and Bangladesh eye travel without visas

2 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

India and Bangladesh eye travel without visas

As practiced between France and Germany and many European nations, India and Bangladesh are moving towards a visaless regime. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said this recently at the deputy high commission during the concluding programme of Victory Day.

The Bangladesh envoy said, the two nations were working on a World Bank project to execute smooth movement of Indo-Bangla citizens without passport-based on the Indian Aadhaar Card numbers and the Bangladesh national registry.

Ali, however, is apprehensive that as the system will take time to be implemented, he might not see it in his lifetime. “It can take up to 10 years for implementing this system. Moreover, the Indian Aadhaar Card has no mention of citizenship, it is basically a biometric card. A lot of changes are needed to materialise this. A committee has been set up to execute it.”

Ali said he thought up the plan while serving as ambassador in France. “It is no more a dream. Travel without visa is going to be a reality and so there will be no requirement of passport. People will be able to move without visa and efforts are on for this,” he said and added that diplomats and officials are now able to travel without visa.

“Soon, citizens over 65 will be able to move without visa and will immediately be getting a visa for five years. We are concerned with patients and they will get free entry. Minor children, too, will get that advantage soon.”