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Crossing Akhaura border with a free visa

by VV
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For me, getting a Bangladeshi visa was a cakewalk. And the best part was, It cost me absolutely FREE!! Yes, the Bangladesh visa office (Assistant High Commission) located at Agartala did not charge anything to grant me the visa to enter Bangladesh. (video : Crossing Akhaura border on foot ). Read this article on crossing Akhaura border with a free visa. 

Why did I plan Bangladesh trip

Actually, due to some circumstances I had to cut short my North-East India trip 4 days earlier. So I had two options to return Kolkata. Either travel all the way to Guwahati and Siliguri or just cross Bangladesh and reach Kolkata. The first way was approximately 1550 kilometres long, whereas the second was just 450 kilometres. Meaning the second way was shorter by 1100 kilometres. Also, the later option offered a bonus opportunity of getting a new country visited.

A Bangladesh Tourist Visa

A Bangladesh Tourist Visa

How to get Bangladeshi visa from Agartala

After landing at the Agartala main bus terminal in the early morning, I straight away headed to the Bangladesh visa office located here. Office opens at 8:30 AM. There were many other people filling up the application form. I submitted the application with my passport. Got interviewed by an official and after about an hour I got my passport back stamped with a Bangladeshi visa. Sometimes they may ask you come in the evening to collect your passport.

That was my first visit to Agartala. I kept the full day to explore the city. Stayed overnight at a budget hotel near Hawker’s corner and left for the border on the next early morning. Akhaura border checkpoint is just 4 kilometres away from Hawker’s corner. A cycle rickshaw ride takes hardly 15-20 minutes to reach the border. (Video : How I reached Akhaura border from Agartala)

Reached the border

There was a beautiful building on the left side of the Akhaura border check-post. This is operated by the ‘Landports authority of India’. Immigration, customs and foreign exchange offices are located inside. Trucks and other vehicles  carrying goods between the two countries are provided with a huge ‘Transport area’ behind the building. It seemed that I reached the border quite early. No Indian officials had reached there till then whereas my plan was to enter Bangladesh as early as possible so that I could reach Dhaka in time. After waiting for an hour or two, officials turned up and stamped ‘Departure’.

Bangladesh Entry gate is just 2 minutes walk from the ‘Landports authority of India’ building. In between, I had an opportunity to purchase chocolates and biscuits from a BSF stall. Some famous brands are not easily available in Bangladesh. So it is better to top-up your bag before leaving India.

Watch : How I reached from Akhaura border to Dhaka

Read : How I crossed the India-Nepal border on a bike

9 comments

Subhendu Bhowmick November 1, 2017 - 7:41 pm

Hi Dear plz help me , if I enter Bangladesh through Benapol board then sud i out from Akhaura board

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Varun Vagish November 4, 2017 - 6:59 am

You can enter and exit from any point if you have a valid visa

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Vishal Sharma October 9, 2017 - 10:34 pm

Dear Varun ..did visa officer asked to show hotel booking etc? And other questions did he asked you before issuing visa?

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VV October 23, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Bangladeshi Visa officer asked me the purpose of my travel in Bangladesh. He asked me about my profession. My date of entry and exit from Bangladesh. You can also check this article to know the Frequently asked questions by Immigration officers. http://www.touristhelpline.com/common-questions-asked-at-immigration-interview/
The questions asked by the visa officer are almost similar.

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Varun Vagish October 23, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Bangladeshi Visa officer asked me the purpose of my travel in Bangladesh. He asked me about my profession. My date of entry and exit from Bangladesh. You can also check this article to know the Frequently asked questions by Immigration officers. http://www.touristhelpline.com/common-questions-asked-at-immigration-interview/
The questions asked by the visa officer are almost similar.

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Vishal Sharma October 24, 2017 - 11:03 am

Thanks a lot dear

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Pradip Kumar Shome April 15, 2017 - 10:38 am

So nice of you to share your experience. I was surprised that you can manage to get Bangladesh visa from Agartala! My passport is issued from Chennai, then will it be possible for me to get my visa from kolkata? Or I need to get it from Delhi? [email protected]

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Varun Vagish April 16, 2017 - 8:20 am

Thanks Pradip. You can get Bangladesh visa from these places in India –
1. Bangladeshi High commission, New Delhi
2. Deputy / Assistant High Commissions Kolkata
3. Deputy / Assistant High Commissions Mumbai
4. Deputy / Assistant High Commissions Agartala

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Pradip Kumar Shome April 17, 2017 - 6:47 am

thanks a lot Varun.

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