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India to resume tourist visa for Bangladeshis soon: Doraiswami

28 Oct 2020 09:34, Somoy English Desk
India to resume tourist visa for Bangladeshis soon: Doraiswami
India to resume tourist visa for Bangladeshis soon: Doraiswami

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami on Wednesday said effective steps will be taken soon to resume Indian tourist visa for Bangladeshi nationals.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters in the morning.

Meanwhile, the flight operation between Bangladesh and India resumed today (Wednesday) under an air bubble arrangement.

An air bubble is a bilateral arrangement with a set of regulations and restrictions allowing the carriers of two countries to operate international flights.

A total of 56 flights -– 28 from Bangladesh and as many from India -- will be operated every week where passengers will have to show Covid negative certificates for travel.

From Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novoair will run flights while Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir from India.

Of them, Biman will carry passengers on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes while US-Bangla on Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Kolkata and Novoair on Dhaka-Kolkata route.

Some 5,000 Bangladeshis will get the opportunity to go to India in a week.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka has recently resumed online visa application services for Bangladesh citizens.

Visa categories currently allowed are medical, business, employment, entry, journalist, diplomatic, official and non-official.

The services of other visa categories, including tourism, will resume soon.

India banned the entry of people from other countries on March 12 last in an effort to stem the coronavirus.

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