Five land ports will be reopened on Sunday, while normal immigration hours will resume at six currently operational ones
Against the backdrop of an improved Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh and in the region, the government has relaxed restrictions on people's movement through the land ports.
The relaxation comes based on the recommendation of an inter-ministerial consultation on Tuesday, said the Foreign Ministry on Thursday evening.
The restrictions had been in place since April 26 on cross-border movement of passengers through the land ports with a view to ensuring greater public health security both in Bangladesh and beyond.
With the lifting of the restrictions on Thursday, passengers travelling to Bangladesh through land ports are no longer required to obtain No Objection Certificates (NOC) from Bangladesh missions abroad. Passengers exiting Bangladesh through land ports will also not be required to provide prior intimation to the authorities concerned of Bangladesh before their exit.
The regular immigration hours and days will resume with immediate effect at the currently operational six land ports, namely Benapole, Akhaura, Sonamasjid, Hili, Darshana and Burimari, for cross-border movement of passengers.
In addition, five more land ports/land customs stations — Sheola, Tamabil, Bhomra, Birol and Banglabandha — will be opened for the movement of passengers from September 19.
The approved categories of foreign nationals allowed to travel to Bangladesh and the health-related protocols to be maintained during the cross-border movement through land ports are stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Security Services Division (SSD). The SOP is available on the website of the SSD.
Bangladesh looks forward to greater collaboration with neighbouring countries in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. The gradual resumption of the regular mechanism of cross-border movement is a reflection of the successful management of the Covid-19 situation through concerted efforts of the authorities of Bangladesh and its neighbouring countries.
Authorities concerned of Bangladesh will remain vigilant and continue the assessment of the overall impacts of the new decisions and review the decisions, if necessary.