Bangladeshi citizens can now visit India for business, education and other purposes as air bubbles and visa processing are set in motion, after several months of hiatus due to corona pandemic.
Businessmen, journalists, students and other people will be able to travel as Indian High Commission in Dhaka published guidelines for travel to India with effect from Thursday.
All Bangladesh nationals and their dependents can apply for all categories of visas except tourist visa for travel to India by air and water routes.
Existing visas except tourist and medical ones which remained suspended since March 12 are hereby restored for travel to India, says the High Commission.
It further said all Diplomatic and official passport holders of Bangladesh, as per existing bilateral agreement, are exempted from requirement of a visa for travel to India.
Any Indian national and OCI card holders will have the opportunity to make travel.
The travellers should also sign an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.
If passengers wish to seek exemption, they shall apply to the Air Suvidha portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
The categories for exemption are:
Pregnant women, suffered a death in the family, suffering from serious illness (description to be provided), parents accompanied by children below 10 years , Covid -19 negative certificate (attach RT PCR test only).
Covid -19 negative certificate ( RT PCR test only):
The test taken within 96 hours of departure from the port of origin is valid on arrival in India. If the final report is not available 72 hours prior the flight, passengers can carry the report and can show it on arrival at the airport. Such passengers can apply for exemption online at Air Suvidha and upload proof of test mentioning that they are waiting for result to arrive.
For categories of passengers exempted from institutional quarantine can travel in public transport including domestic flights to reach their final destinations.