Walk-in Indian Eid visa camp only for Bangladeshi nationals

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Dhaka, May 29: The Indian High Commission in Dhaka is going to organise a visa camp from June 4-16 for Bangladesh nationals in view of the upcoming Eid Holidays.

Visa applicants can submit their tourist visa applications on a walk-in basis without a prior appointment date/e-Token at the EID visa camp, said an Indian High Commission press release yesterday.

This camp is being organised for the first time as a special measure for Bangladesh nationals who wish to travel to India during the upcoming Eid holidays.

The EID visa camp is being organised to accept only tourist visa applications from Bangladesh nationals who do not have an appointment date/e-Token. Applicants with appointment dates must submit their visa applications at any of the IVAC Centers in Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Uttara and Motijheel in Dhaka and Barisal, Mymensingh and Khulna outside Dhaka.

Medical, Business and other visa categories will continue to be accepted in the respective IVAC Centers.

The EID visa camp will be held at the new chancery complex, High Commission of India, No. 1-3, UN Road, Baridhara and will be open from 0800 hours to 1400 hours from June 4-16 June, 2016 (except Friday 10 June, 2016). Entry to the premises will be from Chancery Gate, Park Road. No bags and mobiles will be allowed inside the premises. Gates will open at 0800 hours.

The camp is open only for Bangladesh nationals presently residing in the Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Mymensingh Divisions. Applicants must submit applications in person. However, family members (Parents/Children/spouses) travelling together can submit applications on behalf of immediate family.

Applicants should ensure that their passports are valid for at least 6 months on the day of application and should have at least two empty pages in their passports. Applicants are requested to read the instructions carefully by clicking on the link www.hcidhaka.gov.in before submitting the application.

A visa processing fee of Tk 600 will be charged by the Indian Visa Application Center, the outsourcing agency of the High Commission of India to accept visa applications. No visa fee will be charged apart from the visa processing fee.

The High Commission of India does not authorise any agents or middlemen for issuance of visas.  Applicants are advised not to pay any money to anyone who promises facilitation of visa.

For any queries, applicants may call IVAC Helplines 09612333666 and 09614333666 and visit www.hcidhaka.gov.in and the Facebook page of the High Commission of India (https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInBangladesh) for further details.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission has decided to Introduce SMS-based appointment and one time password (OTP) process for the tourist visa applications.

From May 30, 2016, appointment dates for tourist visa applicants including one-time password will be sent to the mobile phone of the applicants by SMS, said another press release issued by the High Commission.

It will be mandatory for Tourist Visa applicants to show this SMS at the IVAC Center to enter and deposit the application.

Applicants are advised to fill in their genuine mobile numbers while filling in their forms and applying for online appointment dates.

This will not apply to the Tourist Visa applicants who have already received appointment dates up to June 5, 2016.