Due to the deterioration of the COVID-19 situation, the Government of Bangladesh has imposed hard restrictions on the overall activities and movement starting from 14 April 2021. Therefore, Consular services (passports, police verification, driving license verification etc.) that require processing at the Dhaka end are expected to face delay.
The government of Bangladesh does not renew or extend the validity of Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) as it expires. Instead, it issues a new MRP with full validity of 5 years. The High Commission advises all to apply for a new MRP six months before the expiry of the validity of the existing passport. Unreasonable delay often requires Police verification and may lead to delay in the issuance of passport.
(MRP rules require all applicants to get certification/attestation from any authorised person in Australia or New Zealand like Councillor/JP//GP/Teacher/Notary Public/Solicitor/Public Servant about their identity. In case of difficulty in obtaining certification in Bangla, applicants may translate this part of the application form into English on a separate sheet of paper and obtain a signature from the certifier. Address and seal of the attester must be provided at page-4 of the form)
Copy of the filled-in MRP Application Form (DIP Form 1, duly attested by authorized attester) and in case of any change of information then copy of filled-in DIP Form 2.
Original Passport and photocopy of the existing passport.
One (01) copy of a recent passport size photograph of the applicant to be affixed on top of the 1st page. If the applicant is under the age of 15, two (02) copies of photographs, as well as parents’ photographs, are required to be affixed on the application form. In certain cases, either of the parents’ photograph is accepted.
Please book an appointment with the High Commission by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for biometric data entry (fingerprint, signature & photograph) between 0930-1300 hrs on office days between Monday to Thursday. This may also be followed by adults over 16 years of age who are keen to provide biometric data.
Permanent Residence Card/ Job ID card/ Student ID card/any photo ID etc. in support of applicant’s residence abroad.
Photocopy of applicant's National ID Card or Birth Registration Certificate containing a 17-digit number which was submitted at the time of issuance of existing MRP.
Documents in support of the change (if requested online). For change of profession as a technical expert i.e. Engineer, Physician, Legal Practitioner, Teacher, Driver etc. please attach a certified/attested copy of the Education/Professional certificate.
For change of marital status i.e. unmarried to married or married to divorced etc. Please attach a certified/attested copy of the marriage/divorce certificate.
Proof of payment.
In addition to the required documents, international students who want to get MRP for a reduced fee (see below) must provide
1. Valid student visa copy
2. valid student ID copy
In case of sending documents by mail, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring a signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier.
(Please see more on https://canberra.mofa.gov.bd/en/site/page/Modes-of-Delivery )
Additional information/documents for changing information in the passport (Application for change in MRP must be submitted before 28 October 2021):
If you intend to request for any change/alteration of information, please note that the Bangladesh Government does not allow certain changes. In case of changes allowed by the Government, please check the requirements at the following link:
The High Commission submits an application at the Department of Immigration & Passport (DIP) in Dhaka electronically (after duly entering the applicant’s fingerprints, signature in Electronic Pad and photographs for children only). After appropriate approval procedure, Machine Readable Passports (MRP) are printed by DIP in Dhaka.
Since passport applications are processed and printed in Dhaka and thereafter DIP forwards those to the High Commission by courier, the “Tentative Collection Date” shown on the “Delivery slip” is indicative only. As such, earlier understanding of “Express or Urgent” delivery does not hold in the present context beyond expedited handling at some steps in the process. The High Commission will contact the applicant once it receives the passport from Dhaka. However, the indicative delivery time frame is given below:
Applicants may like to contact the High Commission by sending an email at email@example.com to follow up on the progress if in case High Commission does not contact them within the stipulated time frame. Please mention your name, date of birth, enrolment number and its date in your email.
Note: The delivery time of passports varies for the applicants who applied for correction/ alteration/change of any information of the existing passport. It goes through a further approval procedure at the DIP, Dhaka causing a delay on which the High Commission has no control.
Collection in Person:
On receiving a call from the High Commission, an applicant may collect the new passport from the High Commission personally. Please bring along the old MRP as well as the “Delivery Slip”. The High Commission will hand over both the new and old MRP after necessary endorsement on cancellation.
If you have already provided a return envelope and the old passport in original, the High Commission will send both the new and old passports after necessary endorsement on cancellation. (Please see more on https://canberra.mofa.gov.bd/en/site/page/Modes-of-Delivery )