Bangladeshi-India Border Closure

Bangladeshi citizens travelling to India may return on emergency grounds

Sun Online Desk

26th April, 2021 12:16:50 printer

Bangladeshi citizens travelling to India may return on emergency grounds

Bangladeshi citizens currently travelling to India for treatment and having visas with validity for less than 15 days could enter Bangladesh amid border closure following specified measures.

From 6am of 26 April 2021 to 6pm of 9 May 2021, general movements of humans between Bangladesh and India will temporarily stay suspended through the land ports.

But return of Bangladeshi visitors to country will be considered on emergency grounds.

The above decision came at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by the Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) and attended by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India; Secretary, Security Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs; Secretary (East), Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division; and representatives of PMO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Commerce, BGB and Bangladesh Missions in Kolkata and Agartala.

The Bangladeshi citizens currently travelling to India for treatment and having visas with validity for less than 15 days could enter Bangladesh through only Benapole, Akhaura and Burimari after taking permission from Bangladesh Missions in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Agartala and with a mandatory Covid-negative certificate done through PCR test within seventy-two hours of entry.

People entering Bangladesh through this process would have to stay officially quarantined for two weeks.

Except for the aforementioned three land ports, all kinds of human movements through all other land ports between the two countries would completely stay suspended for two weeks.

The vehicles carrying imported goods from India would have to be properly sterilised before entering Bangladesh borders. The concerned drivers and helpers would have to observe the Covid-19 safety protocol strictly.

Railroads would be encouraged for export and import of goods between the two countries in this period.

Bangladesh Missions in New Delhi, Kolkata and Agartala would convey the relevant information in this regard to the concerned authorities in India in the light of the friendly relations between the two countries.

The above decisions would be in effect for two weeks and would be revised in due time. It may here be mentioned that Bangladesh is operating special flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Singapore to facilitate departure of expatriate workers to those countries.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata in a circular said Bangladeshi nations visiting India may enter Bangladesh only for visa expiry issues through Benapole-Petrapole border with Covid negative certificate/ RT-PCR report having 72-hour validity. However, they have to collect no objection from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission, Kolkata before entering  into Bangladesh through the specified border. Bangladesh administration will ensure necessary quarantine facilities for the said returnees.

NOC is a Must

Without NOC, Bangladeshi nationals travelling in India will not be able to return home even for emergency reasons.

For NOC, the following documents will be necessary: a) An application describing necessity of returning to Bangladesh, b) contact address in India and telephone number, c) copy of passport, d) copy of visa page.

For any queries, the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission, Kolkata can be contacted as follows:

Tel: (+91 33) 40127500

Email:  [email protected]

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