January 31, 2016 -
The home ministry of Bangladesh announced last week that it will launch an epassport plan for the citizens of the country.
In a report by local media, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that when launched, the biometric passport will help millions of Bangladeshi expatriates by easing visa and work permit procedure.
The new document will have a five-year expiry period for those under 18 and over 55 years old and a 10-year expiry for those between 19 and 55 years old. It will cost Tk 5500 (approximately $70 USD) for a passport with the five-year validity period and Tk 11000 (approximately $140 USD) for 10 years.
Government sources said all biographical and biometric data of passport holders, including eyes and fingerprints, will be stored in microchips in the epassport. Those with current machine readable passports should apply for their epassports once current documents expire.