You will soon be able to zip through immigration formalities at Bangladesh's largest airport.
Nearly a year after inauguration, the six electronic gates (e-gates) for automated border control at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport are all set to become operational in June.
"The e-gates will be opened to the air travellers in June," he said.
On June 30, 2021, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurated the e-gates at the Dhaka airport, marking the country’s step into the digital era of travel.
Authorities then said that the e-gates would automatically complete all the immigration formalities of passengers with e-passports, minimising human interaction.
“E-gates are being introduced in Bangladesh like developed countries across the globe," the additional secretary said.
"Once operational, these e-gates will reduce queues at the manual immigration counters as passengers having e-passports will be able to complete all formalities in a very short time," said Chowdhury.
"The company installing the e-gate software, took time to complete the job. Now, this is in the final stages. We will open the e-gates next month. Global travellers will have a hassle-free experience at the airport," the top government official said.
"E-gates will eventually be introduced at all airports and land ports in Bangladesh in phases," Chowdhury said.
On January 22, 2020, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the e-passport and automated border control (ABC) management.
Earlier, on April 24, 2016, Hasina announced the distribution of e-passports to ease the immigration process for air passengers.
The department of immigration and passports got the e-gates installed at the Dhaka airport through Veridos GmbH, a German-based company, which got the contract for the ABC project in July 2018.