The suspension will continue for as long as situation demands
The Department of Immigration & Passports (DIP) has suspended issuance of new passports for all amidst the coronavirus crisis in Bangladesh.
The department suspended the processing as both e-passport and machine-readable passports require fingerprints from applicants which raises the risks of the spreading of the coronavirus.
The suspension will be effective from Monday morning.
However, it will operate in a limited manner for Hajj pilgrims and for people who have emergencies, said Major General Shakil Ahmed, director general (DG) of DIP.
Applicants who have already submitted the necessary papers for issuance of passports will receive their passports once they are processed, he added.
The suspension will continue for as long as situation demands.
The fast spreading Covid-19 has claimed more than 14,600 lives and infected over 337,000 globally, according to Worldometer.
In Bangladesh, 27 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and three deaths have been reported till date; however, IEDCR is yet to brief on the recent death.