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‘Relax restrictions on cross-border movement thru land ports’

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 18 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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In the backdrop of the improved Covid-19 scenario in Bangladesh and in the region, an inter-ministerial consultation has recommended immediate relaxation of the restrictions that were in place since 26 April this year for cross border movement of passengers through land ports.

The inter-ministerial meeting presided over by Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Ambassador Masud Bin Momen was held on Tuesday on virtual platform. 

With the lifting of the restrictions from Thursday, passengers travelling to Bangladesh through land ports are no longer required to obtain No Objection Certificates (NOC) from Bangladesh Missions abroad and passengers exiting from Bangladesh  through land ports will also not be required to provide prior intimation to the authorities  concerned of Bangladesh before their exit.

The regular immigration hours and days will resume with immediate effect at the currently operational six land ports, namely Benapole, Akhaura, Sonamasjid, Hili, Darshana and Burimari, for cross border movement of passengers, said the Foreign Ministry on Friday.

In addition, five more land ports/land customs stations (Sheola, Tamabil, Bhomra, Birol and Banglabandha) will be opened for movement of passengers from September 19.

The approved categories of foreign nationals allowed to travel to Bangladesh and the health related protocol to be maintained during the cross border movement through land ports are stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Security Services Division (SSD). The SOP is available on the website of SSD(ssd.gov.bd).   

Bangladesh looks forward to the greater collaboration with the neighbouring countries to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The gradual resumption of the regular mechanism of cross border movement is the reflection of the successful management of Covid-19 situation by the concerted efforts of the competent authorities of Bangladesh and the neighbouring countries.

The restrictions were imposed with a view to ensuring greater public health security both in Bangladesh and beyond. The authorities concerned of Bangladesh will remain vigilant and continue the assessment of the overall impacts of the new decisions and review decisions, if necessary.