This will now enable the passengers who carry an E-passport to complete the immigration processes by themselves at the airport without going through a lot of hassle.
This has also made Bangladesh the First country in South Asia to launch the E-gate services for the E-passport holders
This highly anticipated service was launched on Tuesday, 7th of June. Earlier on Monday, the 6th of June, the gate was thoroughly tested and approved for service.
About 11 months and 8 days ago, Shahjalal International Airport had inaugurated the E-gate service to easily facilitate the process of immigration for the travellers.
This E-gate service was set up by the Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) to clear the way for inbound and outbound immigration at the Airport.
On Tuesday, the executive director of the airport, Group Captain Mohammad Kamrul Islam, said that 12 e-gates have been launched in the exit area and two in the arrival area of the airport. And from now on the passengers will be able to fully use the E-gate facilities. After completing the verification process, the E-passport holders can go through the E-gate.
The whole process of immigration can be completed by the passengers in just 18 seconds with the aid of any other airport officials.
The additional IGP of Special Branch (SB), Monirul Islam and the Director of E-passport Immigration Project Brigadier General Sadat Hossain were present during the much-awaited inauguration of the service at the Dhaka airport which took place yesterday. The passengers successfully completed their immigration process by themselves, right in front of the two officials.
Aside from the 14 E-gates at the Shahjalal International Airport, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet have also launched this service with 6 E-gates each.
There are plans to set up 50 E-gates across all the airports and land ports of Bangladesh by the government under the “E-Passport and Automated Border Control Management Project”. And the government will gradually work to achieve that goal.