Source TNN | Jul 24, 2018, 06.00 AM IST
Kolkata: As part of its celebrations for graduating from a least developed country to a developing nation, Bangladesh is going to relax visa rules for India, said Bangladesh deputy high commissioner in Kolkata Toufique Hasan.
The move was to thank India as it had stood by Bangladesh during the Liberation War of 1971, said high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali. He was speaking at a seminar organized by the Bangladesh deputy high commission and Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Ali said that Indo-Bangla visa rules were being relaxed and five-year visas would be granted to students, senior citizens and patients. He added that by the end of the year, Indians would be able to enter the neighbouring country in private cars under the BIMSTEC agreement (whose signatories are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand).
Ali said a visa office was being planned in Bagdogra and a new deputy high commission office would come up in Chennai. Ali added that now one could enter through one city and leave from another. Ali also talked about how Bangladesh had improved its position in the corruption index.