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(1) General Information:

1.1 Mission’s address: 3 rd Floor, 65 Rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

1.2 Opening hours: Consular services are rendered on every week days, i.e., Monday to Friday from

0900-1200 hrs and 1500-1700 hrs. This excludes the announced national holidays of both

Bangladesh and Switzerland.

1.3 Bank account details: All Consular services related payment must be made to the following

Mission’s account:

Name of the account

: Consular Section, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Geneva, Switzerland

Account Number

: 240-401617.01V

Name of the bank

: UBS SA

SWIFT CODE

: UBSWCHZH 80A

IBAN

: CH73 0024 0240 4016 1701 V

1.4 Fees, once received, cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or the requested

service cannot be rendered.

1.5 For MRPs, the possession of National ID Card (NID) or Birth Registration Number (BRN) is mandatory. Applicant, who does not have either BRN or NID, may obtain an ‘interim’ Birth Registration Number (IBRN) from the Mission with an additional and non-refundable amount of 5 CHF.

1.6 The Embassy may get in touch with applicants in cases where the applications are incomplete,

the fees sent are not adequate or not paid as prescribed or where there are other additional requirements.

1.7 Queries regarding consular services may be emailed at: consular.geneva@gmail.com or calls can

be made during the office hour at +41 22 906 8020 ext 12.

(2) Mission provides the following consular services:

2.1 Machine Readable Passports (MRPs)

2.2 Machine Readable Visas (MRVs)

2.3 Attestations

2.1) Machine Readable Passports (MRPs):

2.1.1 MRP related general information

Passport is a valuable document. It should always remain in self-custody or in the custody of a person duly authorized by the passport holder/legal guardian of the passport holder. If lost

or severely damaged, the fact and circumstances should immediately be reported to the local police authority and to the nearest Bangladesh Embassy.

The Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva has started to enroll Bangladeshi citizens living in Switzerland for Machine Readable Passport (MRP). Bangladeshi passport holders are requested to replace their existing hand-written passports with Machine Readable Passport (MRP), keeping in mind that hand-written passports have already phased out globally and may not be acceptable to many countries for travelling.

All payments must be made to the Mission’s Consular Section Account mentioned above. Please note that an additional amount of 6 CHF may be required for obtaining an IBRN (interim birth registration number).

An MRP contains 48 pages and shall remain valid for 5 (five) years. At the end of the validity a new MRP needs to be obtained.

Please note that the guidelines provided in this page are indicative. The Permanent Mission reserves the right to request for any additional documents at any stage for scrutiny before rendering any service.

2.1.2 Fees (non-refundable):

General:

Regular 110 CHF Urgent 220 CHF

2.1.3 Application procedure:

Student’s concession Regular 33 CHF Urgent 110 CHF

To apply for MRP, the applicant must come in person (physically be present at the Mission) and submit duly completed application form(s).

MRP Application Form can be downloaded from this face book page (please see post on important forms or note on MRP form) or from -

Application form must be filled in fully, legibly and accurately, typed or filled in Capital letters. The form must be signed at all indicated places. Incomplete application may delay processing.

A passport-size photo should be appended on the application form (one with each application form). If the applicant is a child under the age of 15, parents’ photos are required to be appended on the application form. In certain cases, photo of either of the parents will be accepted.

2.1.4 Document checklist for a successful application:

i) Duly filled-in 04 (four) pages application form in English (Block/capital letters)

ii) One copy of recent photograph (size 2”x2”)

iii)

Copy of previous Bangladesh Passport (pages 1-5 for MRP and pages 1-7 for hand written

passports)

iv) Copy of 17-digit Birth Registration Number (BRN) as contained in their national birth

registration certificate or National ID Card (NID) or an Interim Birth Registration Number (IBRN)

v) Payment receipt of applicable fees through UBS Bank.

2.1.5 Interim Birth Registration Number (IBRN):

Please note that for obtaining MRP, the possession of National ID Card (NID) or Birth Registration Number (BRN) is mandatory. Applicant, who does not have any of the BRN or NID, will need to obtain an ‘interim’ Birth Registration Number (IBRN) from the Mission.

Applicant requiring an IBRN will need to submit one additional copy of the recent photograph per application. An additional and non-refundable amount of 6 CHF will be charged for IBRN.

The IBRN is issued only for the purpose of MRP, and is not valid for any other purpose.

Requirement for the IBRN

a)

Child’s Birth Certificate issued by local authorities (where parents name and details are

included)

b)

Either of the Parent’s Bangladeshi Passport

c)

Filled in IBR Application form

d)

Two (02) passport size photographs

2.1.6

Submission of application:

During the submission of the duly filled-in application for MRP, digital photograph, thumb impression and a digital signature of the applicant will be recorded at the bio-enrolment booth.

The applicant must bring his/her existing passport during the time of submission of application.

Applicant must carefully read the details recorded at the bio-enrolment booth and give consent by signing the output form. Copy of the output form will constitute delivery slip and should carefully be preserved and submitted for collection of the passport.

Average processing time at the Department of Passport (DIP) in Dhaka for urgent and ordinary passports is 15 days and 30 days respectively. However, this is only indicative and the processing time in reality may be more.

2.1.7 Student Concession:

Students are entitled to get MRP at a concessional rate. It is mandatory to provide valid student ID and submit a copy of it along with the application for claiming consession; otherwise a student applicant will be required to pay regular fees.

In case a student does not have a valid student ID, then a letter from their school/institution can also be accepted where the reference number on the letter can be used in the ID field/button of MRP programme/software.

2.1.8 Collection of MRP:

Applicants need to contact the Permanent Mission over telephone for confirmation of arrival of passports from Dhaka. Upon receipt of confirmation, the applicant will have to come to the High Commission in person along with his or her old Bangladesh Passport and the MRP delivery slip.

After presenting the MRP delivery slip and the old passport to the counter/relevant consular assistant, the new MRP will be handed over along with the old passport (with observation or cancellation seal). The applicant must sign an acknowledgement of receipt to obtain the MRP.

2.1.9 Different situations:

New Passport against a lost passport

a) Physical presence of the applicant for an appointed interview

b) Filled-in passport application form

c) Follow the steps for MRP

New Passport for Child

a) Child’s birth certificate issued by local authority

b) Either of the Parents’ Bangladeshi passport

c) Follow the steps of MRP

2.1.10 Travel Permit:

The Embassy will issue one-way travel permit (with three months validity) to those Bangladeshi Nationals who have lost their passports and want to return to Bangladesh. The applicant must appear before the Consular Officer for interview, has to fill in a prescribed form and submit it with four (04) photographs.

Fees for travel permit 55 CHF.

2.2 Machine Readable Visas (MRVs):

2.2.1 MRV related general information:

Citizens of most countries require valid visa to enter Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva determines the type and category of visa and duration of stay upon receiving an application. The types and categories differ according to the purpose of visit, length of stay and bilateral arrangement with the country of the foreign national.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in Geneva mainly issues visas for Swiss Nationals. However, other foreign Nationals, having Swiss residence permit, can also apply for visas with specified fees according to their nationality.

Generally, the following documents are required:

1 x Filled-in Visa Application Form.

3 x recent photographs (the applicants are requested to follow the guidelines for photographs as detailed in the Visa Application Form).

Required fee (For nationals having Swiss passport: Single entry 40 CHF; multiple entry 80 CHF)

Different visa fees apply for other foreign Nationals; please see below (section 2.2.4).

Travel plan (copies of ticket and confirmation of place of residence).

2.2.2 Visa on Arrival (VoA):

Swiss citizens may obtain VoA when travelling to Bangladesh for some specific purposes:

a) official business

b) business/trade

c) potential investors,

d) tourists

e) members of defense and security forces (with prior clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the government of Bangladesh)

Visa on arrival for eligible travelers will be given for a period of not more than 30 days, single entry.

The immigration officer at the port of entry (i.e. airports, land ports etc.) will approve this after examining all relevant documents and after his/her full satisfaction.

The travelers who wish to take visa on arrival at a Bangladeshi port of entry must do the following:

Fees has to be submitted cash in US $/Euro/ Pound sterling

Travelers other than those on govt. duty must have a minimum of US $ 500 in cash or in credit card with them

Must possess a return ticket if they come for a short time Also Swiss citizens of above categories are eligible for visa on arrival if they travel to Bangladesh from a country where there is no resident Bangladesh Embassy/Consulate.

As some airlines may not allow passengers Visitors are hereby advised to check with their airlines to find out if the airlines allow their passengers to get on board without visa.

Wife/husband and children of Bangladeshi origin foreign citizens may also be eligible for visa on arrival upon satisfaction of the immigration officer at the port of entry following submission of proof of that he/she is a Bangladeshi origin (like citizenship certificate, current/expired Bangladesh passport) foreign citizen. Visa on arrival may be given to officers/staff of foreign Embassies, UN and subsidiary organizations located in Bangladesh after scrutinizing their appointment letters and other related travel documents.

Please note that visitors who intend to stay more than 30 days or needs multiple entry visa should apply in the Bangladesh Embassy/consulates prior to their departure for Bangladesh.

All persons need valid national passports to visit Bangladesh. Passports are not required for holders of Certificate/Laissiez-passer issued by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies; Continuous Discharge Certificate/Nullies/Seaman book (when traveling on duty).

2.2.3 No Visa (NVR) Seal:

The Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva also issues "No Visa Required for Travel to Bangladesh" (NVR) seal to Bangladesh-origin citizens of some foreign countries and their family

members (wife and children). This endorsement allows them multiple entries into Bangladesh with no restrction on duration of stay within the validity of the passport. Click here for more information on No Visa Required (NVR) seal and procedure for submission of application.

2.2.4 Visa Fees:

Fees for VISA for Swiss nationals

Switzerland

Single Entry

Multiple Entry

CHF 40.00

CHF 80.00

For other foreign nationals

 
 

Country

Single Entry

Multiple Entry

Albania

CHF 2.00

CHF 4.00

Argentina

CHF 30.00

CHF 60.00

Austria

CHF 70.00

CHF 140.00

Belgium

CHF 70.00

CHF 140.00

Cameroon

VISA required without fees

Canada

CHF 60.00

CHF 110.00

China

CHF 20.00

CHF 100.00

Colombia

CHF 40.00

CHF 175.00

Costa Rica

CHF 20.00

CHF 35.00

Cyprus

CHF 5.00

CHF 10.00

Czech Republic

CHF 21.00

CHF 41.00

France

CHF 75.00

CHF 150.00

Finland

CHF 40.00

CHF 80.00

Germany

CHF 70.00

CHF 140.00

Greece

CHF 50.00

CHF 50

Hungary

CHF 55.00

CHF 105.00

India

VISA required without fees

Japan

CHF

CHF

Mauritius

CHF

CHF

Morocco

CHF

CHF

Netherlands

CHF

CHF

Pakistan

CHF

CHF

Peru

CHF

CHF

Philippines

CHF

CHF

Poland

CHF

CHF

Portugal

CHF 70.00

CHF 140.00

Romania

CHF 35.00

CHF 70.00

Russia

CHF 40.00

CHF 80.00

Serbia

CHF 20.00

CHF 66.00

South Africa

VISA required without fees

Spain

CHF 35.00

CHF 70.00

Sri Lanka

Free for Tourist (up to one month)

CHF

CHF 20.00

CHF 30.00 (up to 3 months)

 

CHF 82.00 (more than 3 months)

Turkey

CHF 15.00

CHF 30.00

Ukraine

CHF 60.00

CHF 120.00

United Kingdom

CHF 60.00

CHF 120.00

United States

CHF 160.00

CHF 160.00

2.3

Attestations

Attestation of power of attorney requires that person who is authorizing should do so in front of the Consular Officer. Such documents cannot be delivered if dispatched by mail or through other means.

Any documents/certificate that is to be attested by the Embassy must have authentication/attestation by the Consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. Without prior authentication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it will not be possible for the Embassy to attest such documents.

Attestation of Educational Certificate/Relevant Certificate If educational certificates are to be attested by the Embassy, they must have prior authentication both by the concerned University/Educational Institution/Board and the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. Without having prior authentication, no certificate will be considered valid for attestation.

Attestation of Legal Instruments/Documents Legal instruments to be executed in Bangladesh like Power of Attorney/Authorization, Affidavit etc. must be signed before the Consular Officer of the Embassy. Concerned person must bring the passport to prove his identity. One set of photocopy of the document and copy of the first few pages of the passport must be submitted for record of the Embassy.

Fees for Attestation:

Bangladeshi certificate/document (per page)

Swiss certificate/document (per document)

CHF 20

CHF 100

1. MRP

Normal

CHF 100

Urgent

CHF 200

2. MRP (Student)

Normal

CHF 30

Urgent

CHF 100

3. IBRN

 

CHF 5

4. Travel Document

Regular

CHF 25

Urgent

CHF 50

5. Attestation

Educational Certificate/Relevant Certificate/Legal Instrument/Legal Document (Bangladeshi)

CHF 20/per page

Educational Certificate/Relevant Certificate/Legal Instrument/Legal Document (Swiss)

CHF 100/per document