Renewing your passport involves a combination of online and in-person steps, starting with an online application, followed by a visit to the regional passport office for biometric data verification.
If you’re a proud Bangladeshi MRP passport or e-passport holder, the online renewal process is hassle-free and smoother than ever. Besides, the delivery is earliest for urgent applications.
In the light of Digital Bangladesh 2021 vision, renewing or reissuing your Bangladeshi passport has become an efficient and straightforward process, and we’re here to guide you through every step of the passport renewal process.
This guide covers all the steps to renew a passport, the online application procedure, fees, the required documents list, and everything that ensures the smooth and earliest delivery of your valuable passport.
What is MRP Passport & e-Passport?
MRP passport in Bangladesh refers to the Machine-Readable Passport, an official travel document issued by the Government of Bangladesh. It is equipped with machine-encoded text that contains the holder’s personal information, such as the applicant’s name, date of birth, and passport number, encoded in a format that can be easily scanned and processed by passport control systems at airports and other immigration checkpoints.
The renewal or reissue process can be easily converted to an e-passport for those with an MRP passport. However, as the government no longer renews MRPs, it is highly recommended to switch to e-passports for faster and easier travel.
e-Passport in Bangladesh refers to the Electronic Passport, also known as a biometric passport or a digital passport. It is a technologically advanced passport that is Globally accepted by Immigration (Embassys) Bodies and Airports authorities.
The e-Passport incorporates a microchip embedded in the passport cover, which securely stores the passport holder’s biometric information, including their facial image, fingerprints, and personal details. Introduced in 2020, e-passports are now widely available, with all regional passport offices in Bangladesh offering this service.
This electronic data can be read and verified by automated systems at immigration checkpoints, enhancing the accuracy and security of identity verification processes. The ePassport in Bangladesh aims to provide a global traveling database, travelers’ track records, increased convenience, enhanced security, and improved efficiency for Bangladeshi citizens traveling internationally.
Validity and Expiration Dates of Bangladeshi Passports
The validity and expiration dates of Bangladeshi passports depend on several factors.
|Age Group||Passport Validity||Passport Page No.|
|Under 18 & Above 65 Years||5 Years||48 Pages|
|18 Years to 65 Years||5 or 10 Years||48 Pages|
From 15 January 2023, 64 pages passport has been stopped temporarily. source
A passport in Bangladesh is valid for 10 years for those aged 18 to 65 years and 5 years for those aged under 18 or aged over 65 years. For adults (18 years and above), the regular passport is valid for 5 years from the issue date. For minors (below 18 years), the passport is valid for 5 years regardless of age.
It’s important to note that the expiration date of a passport is the last day of its validity, beyond which it cannot be used for travel.
It is recommended to renew the passport well before expiration to avoid any inconvenience or travel restrictions.
Step-By-Step Guide To Renewing Bangladeshi Passport Online
Renewing your Bangladeshi passport is a straightforward process that ensures you can continue to travel internationally. This step-by-step guide will provide the information and instructions to successfully renew your Bangladeshi passport, allowing you to maintain a valid travel document.
The renewal process of e-passport in Bangladesh at a glance.
- Step 1: Check the availability of the e-passport in your area (To check, click here)
- Step 2: Apply for the e-passport online (A complete guide is given below)
- Step 3: Pay passport fees online (To check, click here)
- Step 4: Schedule and wait for address (present and permanent) verification and police clearance
- Step 5: Visit the Passport Office for biometric enrolment
- Step 6: Collect your e-Passport at the passport office
The application process for e-passports in Bangladesh combines online and in-person steps (offline). To obtain an e-passport, you must apply online and visit the regional passport office corresponding to your current address for biometric verification.
Before applying for an e-passport, you should go through the Instructions for filling e-passport form provided by the Department of Immigration and Passport.
1. Visit The Official Passport Website & Create An Account
Go to the official website of the Department of Immigration and Passport in Bangladesh.
You need to create an account on the Department of Immigration and Passport’s website. In this case, click the Apply Online option, red-marked in the screenshot below.
After clicking Apply Online option, you’ll get step 1 to complete. You must choose the district and nearest police station to your present address. Then, you can see the following regional passport office name. Well, click the Continue button.
Now, you’ll get step 2 to complete, where you have to enter your email address, click the captcha, and continue.
In this step, enter your account information, including email, password, personal information, and mobile number. Then click the Create Account option.
Now you’ll get step 4 to complete. An email is sent to your provided mail address. Go to your email inbox and open the mail from ePassport Online Portal.
To activate your account click the provided link to your mail, and you can see a page like the one below mentioned. Click to Sign in.
Now you’ll get a sign-in page where you need to provide your email address and the password you set earlier. Then click the sign-in button.
2. Apply for an e-Passport & Fill out the Application Form
Now you are signed in. You can see your account and application from your profile on the Bangladesh e-passport portal website.
Click Apply for a new e-passport option.
Now you can see the page below. It’s crucial to fill out your application form and provide the required information.
Application Form Completion Tips
- Ensure Accuracy and Legibility
- Provide Complete and Updated Information
You must fill up each of them correctly, as any irregularities in the information may lead to application rejection.
Let’s see the e-passport application form fill-up guideline:
If you need a passport for official purposes, then you can go for it. In this case, you will be guided from your office. Otherwise, select the Ordinary Passport option. After providing the information and checking further, click the Save and Continue button.
Here, you will get some blank boxes, including gender, name, religion, profession, mobile no., district of birth, date of birth, and citizenship, to fill up.
You have to provide the permanent and present address in this section. Ensure your provided information is correct, as you will only get your e-passport based on the regional passport office location. You can’t change it further.
In this step, you need to select whether you have an MRP passport or e-Passport or you don’t have any passport. If you have another country’s passport, mention it, and give your national ID number in the required field.
When you choose you already have a passport, provide the information about why you requested a new passport, including your existing passport number, issue date, and expiration date.
Note: If you hide your previous passport (MRP/ePP), ePP central system will reject your application, and payment for the application will be lost and nonrefundable.
Provide your father and mother’s information, including name, profession, and national ID.
If you are single, then just save and continue. But if you are married, give your spouse’s name, profession, nationality, and national ID.
Note: In case of addition/change of spouse information, you should bring a marriage certificate/divorce letter or relevant documents
If you have more than one spouse, information about the rest of the spouses will be added at the enrolment center.
Provide an emergency contact rather than your number. In this case, you have to select the relationship with the person you choose and the required information.
This section will show you the number of pages of your e-passport, which is 48 pages for 5 year valid e-passport; you have to pay 4025 BDT, and for 10 years, it’s 5750 BDT. Source
E-Passport Fees for 5 Years:
E-Passport Fees for 10 Years:
Note: After submission of the online application, you will not be able to correct your application data online anymore; however, you can correct your application data(if any) while enrolment at the passport office. Please, inform your correct data(with a written letter) to the enrolment officer and check your delivery slip.
Delivery Options & Appointment
You’ll get two delivery options, including
- Regular Delivery
- Express Delivery
In regular delivery, you have to pay the regular fees; you have already seen. Suppose you require your passport quickly or in any emergency case. In that case, you can go for the Express delivery option, which costs 8,050 BDT.
The delivery date will be shown when you choose any of them. After selecting the desired date, you can see the provided time, and you have to choose your preferred time and click the save and continue button.
Now, you’ll get only 15 minutes to check and edit. Then agree to the Declaration of Consent and click Confirm & Proceed to Payment.
3. Pay The Renewal Fee Online
What are the e-passport renewal fees in Bangladesh? The e-passport fees can differ considering the page number, delivery options, and validity. Let’s take a look at the below table:
e-Passport fees for inside Bangladesh (Including 15% VAT)
|5 Years||48||Regular||TK 4,025|
|Super Express||TK 8,625|
|10 Years||48||Regular||TK 5,750|
|Super Express||TK 10,350|
|5 Years||64||Regular||TK 6,325|
|Super Express||TK 12,075|
|10 Years||64||Regular||TK 8,050|
|Super Express||TK 13,800|
You can pay the e-passport renewal fees online and offline. Just take a look below-
ePassport fees can be paid in the following ways:
You can pay the e-passport renewal fee online through “ekpay”.
Payment options: VISA, Master Card, American Express, bKash, Nagad, Rocket, Upay, Dmoney, OK Wallet, Bank Asia, Brack Bank, EBL, City Bank, UCB, AB Bank, DBBL, Midland Bank, MBL Rainbow)
You can pay at any government or private bank through A-Challan.
For more information, visit here.
4. Visit the Regional Passport Office for Biometric Verification
Once you have completed the online application, you will be prompted to book an appointment with your local passport office. The waiting time for the appointment may vary, ranging from several weeks to a few working days, depending on the current demand.
Following that, you must print the application form from the dashboard. You will also find a PDF file containing a list of the necessary documents you must bring with you for the appointment.
- Printed application summary incl. appointment (if any)
- Identification documents (NID card or Birth certificate)
- Payment Slip
- Previous Passport (if any)
- GO/NOC for govt. service holder (if any)
- Further documents depend on the application’s nature/correction.
- Printed application form
5. Collect Your E-Passport
When you have completed the online application submission, payment, and biometric verification process, you are now done. Wait for the confirmation SMS to collect your e-passport, including the appointment date, time, and connecting person(Director).
You’ll get your e-passport within the timeline according to your chosen delivery option. You can also check your application status. To check, click here.
Passport Renewal Processing Timeline
The passport delivery timeline in Bangladesh is provided below-
- Regular Delivery: Within 15 Working days / 21 days from the biometric enrolment date.
- Express Delivery: Within 7 Working days / 10 days from the biometric enrolment date.
- Super Express Delivery: Within 2 Working days from the biometric enrolment date.
Note: Currently, the Super Express service is available only for issuing e-Passports who already have an MRP passport without changing their permanent address. Although the application for the service can be made from all the offices, the passport booklet has to be collected from the Agargaon office(mentioned address) only.
Well, this guide on how to renew your Bangladeshi e-passport has been helpful for you. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and follow the steps correctly to avoid delays or issues. If you have any questions or additional tips, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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