Authorities have installed electronic immigration gates (e-gates) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to reduce time of completing immigration procedures.
Bangladeshi holders of electronic passports (e-passports) can complete immigration formalities in just 18 seconds, without facing immigration police, after the launch on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.
The e-gate system was inaugurated on Jun 30, 2021, but it did not become operational due to a lack of coordination between the Department of Immigration and Passports, and the Special Branch of police who work at the airport.
Group Captain Muhammed Kamrul Islam, executive director of the airport, said the e-gate was fully opened after some travellers were verified through the gates experimentally on Monday.
He said 12 e-gates have been set up at departure and three at arrival.